Our mission is to guide people’s choices to access assistive technology
and services for independence and wellbeing.
Welcome to our Country Services Newsletter
Hello and Happy New Year!
We hope you had a nice holiday season and that 2017 is an even better year for you. The start of a new year is always an exciting time for the ILC as we plan our many country trips. With the demand for regional services continuing to grow, the ILC will endeavour to increase its positive impact on the community we serve. Keep reading to see what is happening in your area and when we are next coming to you!
Our news headline will introduce you to two new members of the ILC Country Services Team. Get in touch with them! The equipment featured explores eating aids and mobile phone accessibility. Read on to find out more about the new Saint Romain Flex Ergo cutlery, Liftware steady cutlery and Flic!
The ILC aims to support people to identify assistive equipment and technologies that may be suitable for them. The Equip Myself app and newly based ILC in Busselton is doing exactly that! Read on to find out how.
Meet the Country Services New Team Members
Hello, my name is Colette Lappin and I’m new to ILC. I’ve just begun in a new project position that’s focused on supporting the ILC Country Services Team to deliver a strong and valuable service to clients living in regional and remote WA.
I have a background in health promotion and nutrition and am excited to be embarking on this new challenge. The ILC Country Services Team is full of dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate people who are committed to helping people choose and access equipment and technology for their independence and wellbeing.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by phoning 1300 885 886 if you would like a visit to your area or if you have any feedback or suggestions about ILC’s Country Services. I look forward to meeting some of you and your clients in my travels across country WA.
Nicole De Farria
I completed my Masters in Occupational Therapy midway through 2016 and have worked at the ILC since then. I am excited to work alongside the South West region sharing knowledge and resources to support individuals.
My passion lies in enabling a just and inclusive society so individuals may participate to their full potential in daily activities. It never ceases to amaze me how the right choice of assistive equipment alone can prove invaluable in promoting function and independence.
Did you know you can visit the ILC website for a range of useful resources based on common enquires about the topics of communication; computer access and software; and tablets and smartphones?
These resources are designed to be a starting point when sourcing information on assistive technology. View the resources here.
Free app for Australians with Disability
If you would like support to identify assistive equipment and technologies that will help you with daily tasks and to achieve your goals, the Equip Myself app is for you.
An initiative of the Independent Living Centre WA, the tablet app released in September 2016 empowers Australians with disability by supporting them to identify assistive equipment and technology options that may be suitable for them.
Paul's Story - Getting the most out of life with assistive equipment
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Paul’s story demonstrates how he gets the most out of life with the use of assistive equipment. Paul and his wife Paula live on a five acre property with three horses, three dogs and their daughter Brenna. Paul, a father, husband and retired Country Ambulance Services Manager, has paraplegia, a condition which restricts his ability to move his legs. Through the use of assistive equipment specifically prescribed for him, including a wheelchair and scooter, Paul is able to participate in life and his community the way he wants to.
Stories from the Road
In my last trip we drove further north than I've been before, and visited Denham and Carnarvon from November 22nd to December 1st 2016.
It was a long drive up to Shark Bay, but worth it to meet with the lovely folks from Denham Seniors and members of the public at the Shark Bay Community Resource Centre. We discussed services that the Independent Living Centre provides and also assistive equipment and technology that would help in the lives of the local people.
The FlexiFork and FlexiSpoon assist individuals with limited grip or ability to hold cutlery to be more independent during mealtimes. It consists of a built up handle and flexible adjustable rubber strap. The main shaft of the utensil can be bent to suit the needs of users: left or right handed.
Liftware Steady Cultery
This Liftware Steady cutlery system is designed for people whose hand tremor interferes with using cutlery while eating. Typically, these hand tremors are caused by a medical condition such as Essential Tremor or Parkinson's Disease.
Sensors in the Liftware handle detects a person’s tremor, and the device responds using motors to move the spoon opposite the tremor. The system includes a rechargeable battery with cradle and lightweight interchangeable cutlery – spoon, soup spoon and fork.
A Bluetooth button that connects to a smart device to allow for wireless control. It can create shortcuts to your favourite actions so you do not have to touch your phone. With one ‘Flic’ you can send a text message, send distress signals, take a picture and control your smart home. It will work with functions on your phone and selected home automation products. The wireless button has three trigger actions which allows one button to control three functions or series of functions. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices with a free app from iTunes and Play Store
Improved Assistive Equipment Service for Southwest Residents
Due to a growing demand for its allied health services the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) has set up a new base in Busselton to provide a better service for people living in the lower south west region of WA.
Locally based occupational therapist Jessica Mahon has been assisting locals with their assistive equipment, technology and home modification needs within their homes since 2015, however until now she hasn’t had a base where people can visit her.
Jessica said one of the big advantages of the service she provides is that she can visit people within the community, however as she has seen the service grow it became clear that if would be beneficial to have a base where people can visit her.