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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Move it

Exercise is vitally important for spinal-cord injury (SCI) individuals – it just may take a different form. A few weeks ago at an editorial meeting someone said to me: “You should write about passive exercises; they’re important.” Passive exercises? I wouldn’t know where to begin, so I Googled it and,...

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Tell them about it!

Often, just by speaking up, you can help others to give you better service and care. In a recent meeting where we were setting the terms for a partnership agreement between QASA and British Airways (operated by Comair Limited), the conversation turned to the Civil Aviation regulations on carrying persons...

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Bent, not broken

Have you ever wondered why people react so differently to their disabilities? Some give up and while their lives away without purpose; others become aggressive; and some develop a sense of entitlement. But then there are some who pick themselves up, pull through and become stronger, more compassionate and more...

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