“This is extremely useful information when we analyse the behavior of a restless person. Suddenly we can see which stimulations they are trying to avoid or trying to obtain. For example, an elderly person with dementia is able to calm himself/herself down through the tactile sense by fidgeting with a napkin when eating. If the behavior is inappropriate, you can help the person to achieve the desired stimulation through another activity.”
Having gained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010, Jane has worked closely with patients suffering from acquired brain injuries and people with dementia. Moving and handling has become a particular passion of hers, and she’s also worked for a Danish company which develops sensory stimulating products like ball blankets and weighted vests to calm down restless and anxious people.
In April 2021 she joined Etac as an Education Manager in the department of patient handling. “This was a unique possibility to work full time with the thing I enjoy the most, training and education of employees working with patient transfers. Mostly it involves training of sales reps around the world so they are able to find the best solution for the customers, but I also produce webinars for our distributors like Cubro and their customers.
“I really enjoy keeping my knowledge updated through education and conferences where I meet a lot of dedicated and inspiring people who make me wiser day by day. I believe knowledge sharing is indispensable for good practice.”
Outside of work, Jane enjoys volunteering at her child’s sailing club and at local musical festivals. “Other than that, I enjoy my yoga class once a week, and luckily I live next to a forest which both my dog and I enjoy.”
New Zealand has its own Moving and Handling guidelines developed by ACC and may differ from the international studies presented in this Cubro CoLabs
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