Lost in space

A spinal cord injury is life-changing for the injured person as well as their spouse or life partner Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are hugely traumatic. We deal with the death of a part of ourselves and we turn inwards. There is the battle to survive, followed closely by the battle...

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Food for thought!

People with mobility impairments have specific dietary needs that must be taken into consideration to ensure their wellbeing – and this involves more than just watching their weight and fluid intake To find out more I chatted to Charlene Grimsehl, a dietitian at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Johannesburg, where...

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WTF versus WYM

Our attitudes govern our lives, but it is the relationships we build that add spice and make it all worthwhile In recent weeks QASA proposed a “What the F***” cartoon campaign to demonstrate the frustration of people with various forms of plegias against structural inaccessibility, such as occupied disability parking...

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Compassion Fatigue

It’s a phenomenon that can affect all caregivers – especially those taking care of family members or loved ones. Have you ever felt so tired and despondent that you wished that your caregiving responsibilities would just go away!? And have you ever secretly wished in a moment of frustration that...

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Proactive patience

The virtues of grace, compassion and empathy are invaluable, but they also need to be accompanied by calm perseverance. In previous articles I have encouraged caregivers to show compassion and grace when working with clients. But it’s time to talk about the practical application of these mind-sets! I want to...

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Getting funding

If the motivation for funding for wheelchairs and appliances is clear, focused and timely, the battle is more than half won I serve on the Management Committee of QASA and am also a medical adviser to a number of medical aid providers. I often review applications for ex gratia assistance...

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Managing spasticity

As a caregiver, there are steps you can take to make your client’s life more comfortable and manageable. Spasticity is a reality in the lives of more than two thirds of people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), and is more common when neck and upper chest-level injuries have occurred. Think...

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The amazingness of grace

The attitude that we bring to our work is a key factor in our overall joy and satisfaction in life Over the years I have had the opportunity to observe the different ways that caregivers work as well as the attitudes with which they do their work. I have encountered...

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Pressure sores

The scourge of the plegias can be successfully tackled. A resident of an independent living centre recently passed away from septicaemia and multiple organ failure as complications of a tiny but very deep pressure ulcer. This brought home to me that we cannot afford to be complacent in the prevention...

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