Category Archives for "Support Workers"

Mar 27 2020

Staying safer in a Wheelchair – Tips for wheelchair users and those who love or work with them

Staying safer in a Wheelchair through COVID-19

Cleaning your Chair
Everytime someone different touches your chair, or you leave home or come back, you’ll want to have these bits cleaned with a proper disinfectant (baby wipes DO NOT CUT IT and will NOT kill the virus).

  • Joystick
  • Head controls
  • Mouth controls
  • Push handles
  • Headrest
  • Armrests
  • Side guards
  • Back of the wheelchair

  Cleaning Other Assistive Equipment and stuff
Don’t forget other equipment you might use, like:

  • Feeding and drinking equipment
  • Walkers
  • Crutches/sticks
  • Bathroom and other rails
  • Steering wheel and door buttons and handles on cars
  • Any equipment that you handle or put near your mouth
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Transfer seats
  • Medical stuff like bags/continence related needs
  • Medication or other items in your home
  • A backpack or purse that touches your chair


Staying Safe When You’re Out
You could think about:

  • If you have plastic gloves wear them when you are out of your home.
    • DO NOT Touch your face with the plastic gloves and always clean anything you have touched after you dispose of the gloves.
  • If you travel in a taxi or bus etc, do not touch anything metal and avoid touching anything except your wheelchair.

Don’t forget that these tips are all ON TOP OF all the precautions that everyone should be considering – like disinfecting doorknobs, keyboards, remotes, computer tablets/ipads, phones, fridge handles, cupboard handles, light switches, taps etc etc – this is NOT an exhaustive list by any stretch.

Maybe now is a good time to get some voice controlled stuff set up in your home – lights etc can all be run without having to touch anything and if you are a wheelchair user looking for more independence and light switches are hard for you, I reckon you could claim those light bulbs (available at hardware and office supply places and even BigW etc.) from your core NDIS funds if you are self or plan managed.

To download the poster, visit www.thegrowingspace.com.au/covid19

HUGE thanks to Yellow Submarine for the poster and info – they share some cool stuff, so worth a follow!

Pis desc: A meme in light blue with the following words and a checklist:

Crip the Coronavirus
Keeping safe from the Coronavirus
These parts of my wheelchair should be disinfected any time a new person comes into contact with my chair or when I leave and return from my home

Joystick
Head controls
Mouth controls
Head rest
Arm rests
Side guards
Back of the wheelchair
Push handles
Other

Remember – disinfect with a 70% alcohol based solution, wipe down anything you touch, including in the car, medications, equipment and purses, backpacks
Support workers, wear gloves during personal care

Yellow Sub Down Under logo and an image of Professor X from the X men, a white man sitting in a wheelchair with x shaped wheels

https://www.facebook.com/yellowsubmarinedownunder
Mar 22 2020

Top 31 Ways to use Support Workers while avoiding COVID-19

For some participants, personal care, lifting and other physical support needs means you can’t avoid having direct contact with support workers.

But there are many people in the NDIS, who don’t need that physical support. If you are one of those people, you can ask your support workers to help support you, but to work to not touch you or get close to you. Here are a stack of ideas. Please feel free to add your own to share!

The most important thing is to always make sure they wash their hands, really well, as soon as they arrive or meet you.

So, depending on your support needs, your worker could maybe:

  1. meet you outside and go for a walk together, keeping a few metres apart
  2. sit outside, 2 metres apart, and learn to play an instrument together (like ukulele, or the recorder
  3. make and/or fly a kite at the local park
  4. leave your laundry outside the front door, and ask your support worker to pick it up, take it home, wash and dry, and then return it if they’re ok to do this
  5. get a free skype account and talk, and read books, help prompt or direct you with cooking something yummy, watch a TV show or movie at the same time as you, play online games together or even do your online shopping together
  6. take you for a drive (with you in the back if you’re not driving!) with the windows down and play the music loud and sing (this may not be a safe enough distance apart, however)
  7. help you find and collect some free or cheap basic gym equipment, set it up outside, and have the worker direct, from a safe distance, a great workout
  8. if legal and safe, have a fire pit set up and sit either side of it and tell ghost stories, or eat lots of marshmallows
  9. google outdoor yard pranks and have some fun with neighbourhood friends
  10. try geocaching
  11. sit across an outside table at home, and pain rocks, and then walk to a local park and hide them for others to find (google “painted rocks” to learn more)
  12. letterbox the neighbours with you and offer to walk their dogs for free or pay
  13. do your shopping and errands without you if you are at risk, so you are less likely to be exposed
  14. find a free or cheap outdoor table on gumtree or facebook, make a net from an old pair of stockings, grab some table tennis bats online and play ping pong outside in the driveway (or beer pong if you’re old enough and like beer as much as my son!)
  15. wash the car together, but always on opposite sides of the car, and wear gloves
  16. build a garden together and grow some food, herbs or pretty flowers
  17. have your worker help you facetime with your friends
  18. learn a new language together (maybe Auslan – sign language)
  19. tennis is a low contact game, and maybe renting a couple of kayaks or going for a bike ride could work to get outside
  20. remote art programs
  21. have them help you sort out a home budget
  22. check out the bazillions of online learning apps and homeschool resources
  23. do some virtual tours of some of the world’s greatest museums and art galleries
  24. play Pictionary or scrabble by zoom
  25. develop a daily routine and make some visual schedules together
  26. learn to do some outdoor household chores – like sweeping or picking up the dog poop
  27. teach the dog a few new tricks – tonnes of great YouTube videos to learn this
  28. learn a magic trick together
  29. but a cheap blind from the bargain bin, and see if you can borrow or score an old cheap projector, and set up an outdoor cinema at home for an evening – just keep those bean bags a few metres apart
  30. learn about botany, and collect samples from your local parks and build an album of dried leaves and flowers
  31. make a podcast remotely together

I’ve not included links for all of these – a quick google will probably get you a bunch of good answers!

This list was compiled, in part, with some ideas from the (awesome) people in the “NDIS Self-Managing Participants And Their Families” Facebook Group. Thank you for their brilliant ideas.

Feel free to share this list, with credit, but add your own ideas, too!

22 March 2020

Mar 22 2020

FREE COVID19 Webinar for NDIS Participants and Families

For disabled people and families – Practical strategies and ideas, led by Sam Paior – The Growing Space
1 hour on Wednesday March 25th

WA: 8:00AMNT: 9:30AMQLD: 10:00AMSA: 10:30AMVIC/ACT/NSW/TAS: 11:00AM

Book here now: thegrowingspace.com.au/covid19/ (Auslan Interpreter AND live captioning now booked!)


In this one hour Zoom webinar, we are not going to just tell you to wash your hands – you already know about that.
But we ARE going to go through ways to manage service providers and day options and ADE closures and talk about the big issues – and what happens if someone in my group home tests positive?
As well as ways to creatively utilise your support workers now that many recreation options are also closed.
We’ll also talk about related NDIS issues and options and ideas for looking after yourself and those you love.


We expect this to be the first in a series as everything is changing so quickly!


Many thanks to Disability Services Consulting for sharing their zoom webinar service with us to use.
pic desc: a blue confused looking icon of a virus with two sharp white teeth and googly eyes

Mar 13 2020

A sign for your door or workplace – COVID-19

Feel free to download and use one of these on your front door – at home and your workplace to remind people to stay away if they’re sick, and to wash their hands as they come in.

You’re welcome to share these freely

Here is a .pdf version: https://www.thegrowingspace.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Do-Not-Enter-TGS.pdf

And here is a .jpg image version: https://www.thegrowingspace.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/BIG-PURPLE-DO-NOT-ENTER-SIGN-MARCH-2020.jpg

Jul 07 2019

𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘿𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝘿𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩: 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 (30 minute podcast)

Join Roland and Evie Naufal as they have the kind of conversations that come about when passionate people aren’t afraid to speak their mind and would rather start a fire than put it out.

EPISODE 9: 𝙎𝘼𝙈 𝙋𝘼𝙄𝙊𝙍 𝙊𝙉… 𝙀𝙑𝙀𝙍𝙔𝘿𝘼𝙔 𝙄𝙉𝙉𝙊𝙑𝘼𝙏𝙄𝙊𝙉
In this episode we speak to Sam Paior, founder of the Growing Space about supporting people to live good lives and setting the bar higher for what we call innovation.

https://www.disabilityservicesconsulting.com.au/podcast (transcript available too)

This was recorded in Melbourne a month or so ago, and we really had fun. I’m not one to hold back, and I can be pretty blunt, but Roland and Evie corralled me well. I hope you’ll find it useful.

So, as much as it pains me to listen to my own voice, I’m happy for you to hear it 🙂 And I’ll be even happier if you share this with other disabled people, families and your providers.

I hope it helps give Support Coordinators around the country both the courage to step outside of the box, the tools to do it, and a desire to come along to our first ever National Support Coordination Summit in Melbourne on Monday June 24th. Evie and I (Sam) are co-hosting the #SCSummit as volunteers to raise funds for our peak pody, which aims to lift the standards of Support Coordination and Plan Management across the NDIS, and do a great job for the participants and nominees we work for.
https://www.scsummit.com.au/ get in fast – we’re a bit shocked at how quickly this is filling.

Pic desc: A line drawing image with a dark background and the logos for Disability Services Consulting, with their logo, the title “Disability Done Different – A Candid Conversation with Sam Paior” with three cartoon images across the bottom L-R Roland Naufal, a dude with black hair, a green shirt and dark jacket, then Sam Paior, with a blonde Bob, wearing glasses, a round pendant necklace and a boring blouse, and Evie Naufal, with longer brown hair, wearing a red pinafore and stripey shirt underneath. All are smiling.

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