In The Media | 26 May 2016

Disabled man’s $110,000-a-year carer cancels his bedtime home visit in the middle of the night

A disabled man who spends $110,000 a year for care has been told he couldn’t be helped into bed until morning after his carer’s shift was mistakenly cancelled.

Jarrod Marrinon had friends over for cake and drinks on Saturday night to celebrate his 28th birthday, and was expecting his support worker to arrive at his St Kilda, Melbourne home at 11pm to help him into bed.

But the carer never showed and the man, who has lived with leukodystrophy since he was 18-months-old, was instead forced to get his friend over at 1.45am after a ‘disgusting’ response from Independence Australia.

Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley told Daily Mail Australia he was ‘sad to hear of the distress caused to Jarrod’.
‘It is situations like this that show why the NDIS [National Disability Insurance Scheme] is necessary.’
‘The current system is broken and it does not serve people with disabilities well enough, even when a person has a support package, there is clearly some way to go to ensure providers offer high quality reliable care.’

Source: The Daily Mail Australia