Is anyone asking “where did January go”! At Create a Sense of Place, we are very excited about the year ahead and the opportunity to engage with our wonderful participants and help them on their way to create their own sense of place.
Being our first NewsSense of the year we would like to briefly introduce our team:
Brigette Kirkpatrick: Founder & CEO – Support Coordinator/Social Educator
Mitchell Jones: Support Coordinator
Carrie Gibbs: Support Coordinator
Cody Brisley: Support Coordinator and Mentor
Jumbles the Bulldog: the member of the team who is lazy but guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face and the team mascot!!
In the Chinese Horoscope 2017 is the year of the Rooster. Therefore to start the year off on the right footing, below is the positive capabilities of a Rooster:
“The Rooster can be forthright, brave, enthusiastic, loyal, hardworking, tenacious, resilient, adventurous, meticulous, prompt, astute, well-dressed, proficient, down-to-earth, gregarious, communicative, sensible, generous, charming, ebullient and terminally witty”.
Well all you Roosters, are you?Read More
These exercises are for shoulders, arms, back, legs, knees and feet – enjoy
EXERCISES RIGHT / LEFT 20 TIMES EACH
PUSH SHOULDERS BACK
ROTATE SHOULDER BOTH WAYS
EXTEND ARM STRAIGHT OUT TO SIDE
LIFT ARM ABOVE HEAD
LEGS RIGHT / LEFT 20 TIMES EACH
WHILE SITTING MOVE KNEES IN & OUT
EXTEND LEG & MOVE OUT TO RIGHT / LEFT
EXTEND LEG TO FRONT & LIFT UP & DOWN
EXTEND LEG PUSH LEG INTO CHEST & OUT
FEET RIGHT / LEFT 10 – 20 TIMES
ROTATE BOTH FEET & STRETCH FOOT TILL STRAIGHT & PUSH DOWN ON CALF.
MOVE BOTH FEET BACK & FORWARD
PUSH FEET ONTO PALM
ARMS MORNING RIGHT / LEFT 20 TIMES EACH [OR 20 TIMES]
BOTH ARMS ABOVE HEAD BIG BODY STRETCH WHILE LYING DOWN
BOTH ARMS ABOVE HEAD UP & DOWN
RIGHT / LEFT ARM UP / DOWN ABOVE HEAD [WHILE HOLDING MONKEY BAR]
RIGHT / LEFT ARM CURLS “
RIGHT / LEFT ARM PUNCH AIR STRAIGHT UP
RIGHT / LEFT ARM AT ANGLE TO SIDE
My Motto: One day at a time. When you know better you do better.
I have MS (multiple sclerosis) secondary progressive.
I live on my own in a unit and I have care 7 hours a day 7 days a week.
(7.00am-9.30am pc.) (12.30 pm 2.00pm lunch) (6.00pm-9.00pm)
Thanks to NDIS.
I’ve progressed a fair bit this year. I’m classed as a quad now. I can’t move from the waist down &my left hand is in a brace to stop the fingers curling up. I can only use right hand a little bit.
I’ve had this illness for about 22 years. I’ve picked up quite a few tips /ideas for managing this illness & any illness (stroke or anything.) I’d like to share some of these tips/ ideas with you.
- Move, Move, Move, Move – It’s my way of coping with what I have.
- The MOST IMPORTANT thing I can do for myself at this progressive time is exercise.
- I am lucky to be able to have my carers do my exercises 5 times a day 7 days a week.
- They work for me. (Check with your doctor before doing these things.) The exercises have been doing have been checked by a physiotherapist. I have altered them to suit me. I try to do them 5 times a day.
- I do 20 stretches on each limb. 1 lot in morning x 2 (i.e. 40) lunch & dinner.
Listed are items that help me maintain my lifestyle. The must have items are indicated with ***.
Portable house phone with jack for headphone attachment
Headphones (to plug into portable phone)
Hydration bladder (2Lt) used by hikers/bikers available from camping shops ***
Stable table with a cup holder pk. 2
Aquium hand washing gel ***
Finger grip for turning pages – available at newsagent ***
Shower organizer, which has pockets to hang shampoo etc.
Insulated covered mug with large handle, therefore less spillage ***
Massage brush for shampooing hair
Squishy foot & neck massagers
Facial wipes, Anti-bacterial wipes as well as Mr Sheen wipes & disposable gloves ***
Large pill containers to organise 1 week of tablets – one each for day and night
Sheepskin ugg boots with Velcro openings
Caddy for all controls such as TV, DVD, and Air Cond etc.
Black bum bag that clips around waist ***
Osboforme chair back support
Sheepskin for chair seat & foot plate covers
Pump tooth paste
Electric or rechargeable battery operated toothbrush ***
Pump pack shower gel & shampoo 1.5lt ***
Purse with lots of easy access compartments for cards such as Medicare etc..
Bedside table on wheels ***
Freestanding triangle bed pole ***
Air ripple mattress overlay ***
Electric wheelchair [PAPD]
Electric hospital bed (PAPD) Check if ordered all together there may be only one payment of $100.00
Small ELF hoist (PAPD]
Gel seat for wheelchair (PAPD)
Sugar cube – less spillage
Large urn – easy to pour out water
Mobile phone to use for reminders when unable to write. ***
Spray bottle of Betadine – no need to touch wounds ***
“No Touch” Thermometer
Card shop in a box – saves having to go & buy cards all the time
Flushable wipes -for toileting ***
And a couple of tips for healthier living:
Exercise arms/legs with program given by physio’s – selected 10 to do EVERYDAY!
With the help of my Carer I do legs /arms with small hand weights. VERY PASSIVE EXERCISES
D-Gas peppermint tab at night to help with wind & bloating.
And most importantly – 3 litres of water EVERYDAY
As indicated in the previous newsletter – the big question! “how did Brigette come up the great name CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE?”. Well it was quite a family affair when she asked us to think about a perfect name for her business – different names were thrown into the hat and rejected. Until Easter 2013 we were together as a family and Brigette’s brother opened a bottle of red wine…..now I know what you are thinking – WRONG!! We had not consumed a drop but the name was right in front of us on the label “A SENSE OF PLACE”.
Perfect, the name says it all. It embodies everything that Brigette wants her business to achieve and that is for everyone to “CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE” where opportunities are created which enables all to aim for their goals with dignity and friendship.
Wasn’t a bad drop of wine either.
Until next time, keep smiling.
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Founder & CEO: Support Coordinator/Social Educator
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Favourite Quote: “My brain and heart are my temples. My philosophy is kindness:” – Dalai lama
I fell into working with people with disabilities through volunteering in 2006 and I have never looked back. During my 10 years I have undertaken an array of different tasks including support work, mentoring and program coordination and development. I have developed and implemented programs for kids and adults around building healthy relationships and have also been a person centred planning coordinator, an intake officer and a coordinator of supports.
Currently I am undertaking my postgraduate in Counselling, majoring in Grief and Loss. I understand how important it is to talk things through, and most importantly, just having someone to listen to you without judgement.
I have always focused on individual goal setting, planning and achievement for myself and for the people I work with and support. I am passionate about equality for all.Read More
Our dream is for everybody to recognise their ability to create their own life. At Create A Sense of Place, we want everyone to live their life with purpose, to discover their own sense of place.
Vision: For people living with a disability to recognise and unleash their potential
Mission: Encouraging people with a disability to build on their sense of belonging
Create A Sense of Place provides the following capacity building supports under the NDIS for people of all ages living with a disability:
Coordination of Supports:
We focus on providing quality Coordination of Supports for people who are a part of the NDIS. Our aim is to link you with the most suitable services by getting to know you, finding out what is important to you, and how you like to be supported.
We help you navigate the complexities of NDIS, and ensure you get the service you deserve and are entitled to. We work with you to help get the most out of your plan.
NDIS Category: Coordination of Supports
“A problem shared is a problem halved”
There is great value in speaking about issues we are having trouble with. It helps us see things from a different perspective and come up with fresh solutions to these issues. This is the value of Counselling.
Our Counselling service is as individual as you are. We take pride in that, and our process reflects this.
We work with you to figure out where you currently are, and where you would like to be. Together, we work out the steps you need to take to get there, as well as helping you overcome any obstacles along the way.
Our goal is to help you reach your goals, and the purpose of our Counselling service is to help you no longer require counselling. We are not interested in continuing service for the sake of it, our purpose is to help you overcome any issues you are having – for good.
And rather than coming to an office environment, we actually come to you! We can organise to meet you anywhere you feel comfortable. Maybe it’s the park, or your home, or the beach, or even fishing! 🙂
NDIS Category: Improved daily livingRead More