Many of Community Living’s clients are non-verbal so they will take guidance and listen to their whanau and support team who know them best.
Supported by an experienced team of OTs we help each other with problem solving says Maree, “you can’t always use an off the shelf solution, but with the help of the team, trialling solutions and with some customising, you can achieve an outcome to suit their daily life, carers and environment.”
“A person we work with, due to mobility issues, was no longer able to navigate the stairs which meant she couldn’t access the dining area of the home to eat with her family. Having lived in the home for 20 years it was important to her, moving wasn’t an option. After some customisation a ramp was installed reconnecting her with her family in the dining room for mealtimes that she had missed. As you can imagine that was huge for her and her wellbeing.”
Maree explains “It’s seeing our clients participate in meaningful activities like these that reminds us why we love our role as an OT”.