Helping Gabi after her stroke


Gabi Lilburne was 49 years old when she suffered a stroke in 2017, leaving her needing help with domestic tasks, personal care and transfers. After her discharge from hospital Gabi needed one-on-one assistance when she returned to the Edithvale home she shares with her husband Joe. Initially Joe took all his leave from his job as a teacher of Physical Education at the local Primary School, to help Gabi settle in at home. Further assistance was required though once Joe returned to work and before an NDIS package could be obtained. JMB Foundation filled this gap.

The JMB Foundation has been able to fund attendant care for Gabi this last 12 months. This one-on-one care gives Gabi the much-needed individual support required to live in the family home and have some community outings, and it’s making a big difference to her rehabilitation and well-being.

In this initial 12 months since leaving the hospital, Gabi has slowly worked towards more independent movement and the surety that she can stay within the family home. The one-on-one care has also allowed Gabi a weekly trip out, increasing her independence and allowing her to maintain important relationships she has within the community, and her love of hot chocolate.

JMB Foundation funding has made a significant difference for Gabi and her family. Joe says Gabi’s progress, helped by JMB funding, has meant he can continue to work knowing Gabi is getting the support she needs.

The Foundation is delighted to be able to provide assistance for Gabi and her family, and we thank our generous supporters for making this possible.

A recent photo of Gabi Lilburne by her husband Joe