Jordon is 13 years-old and lives in South Auckland with his mum and older brother, Mason. Up until the end of 2020, it would take two people to manually lift Jordon in and out of bed each day. But New Zealand’s nationwide COVID-19 lockdown forced Carla to look at other options.
“We were in a position where we were handling him more frequently. He wasn’t at school, so we didn’t get that physical break during the day. For me, that’s when it became more apparent that my shoulders were really feeling it.”
Initially, the family were given a manual hoist but it was extremely bulky and took up a lot of space in the room. “By the time you added a wheelchair or shower chair, or if there were other people in the room, it was ridiculous,” Carla says.
She set about researching other options and saw a freestanding hoist that was being used in Europe that she liked the look of. “I said to our OT at the time, ‘hey, where can I get this?’ She went through the channels and applied for funding, and the Ministry of Health actually agreed!”