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All About Taking Care

What a remarkable start to 2020 it has been. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world, I hope you are all keeping safe, well and calm during these challenging times. I am so pleased South Australia has been progressively seeing some good results. Rest assured, we are following all advice from Government and health officials, following increased precautions, client screenings and hygiene practices to ensure we can continue to deliver our services during this time. 
In this edition, we have some great news and product updates to share. More about those below, but first I’d also like to highlight an issue that participants may need to consider when using Assistive Technology that has been funded by the NDIS.
Under the scheme, the NDIS provides the funding to enable participants to access reasonable and necessary Assistive Technology (AT) to reach their potential and improve participation in the home, community and the workplace. It’s important to understand that once the AT is supplied, the participant is the owner of that AT, not the Scheme or the Agency. 
It is then the participant’s responsibility to maintain and care for the AT. Like any item you own that has worth or is of great importance, you would take reasonable steps to protect and care for it. This approach should also be considered for AT that has been funded and is key to your daily needs. 
The NDIA will support the participant to do this and, as required, will cover ongoing reasonable and necessary expenses associated with the maintenance and care of the AT. Participants should always think about how the equipment should be cared for and if they require support to do this, discuss it with the NDIS planner, particularly when a new plan is being considered. This is typically seen as a repairs and maintenance budget included in the plan, or a replacement item for one that is identified as outgrown or worn out. Other ways to do this may include listing the item in household contents or vehicle insurance policies in case anything unforeseen should happen.
What plans should I put into place to cover me if my AT equipment is damaged or stolen?
Being prepared and having a plan in place in case something goes wrong is particularly important, as it will save you time and stress. Thinking about the “what if” situations, and the impact it would have if you lost access to your AT, is worthwhile. We encourage you to talk with your NDIS planner and the other people who support you to discuss what protections and plans need to be put into place to suit your individual situation. It is important to take control of your circumstances and not leave things to chance. AT plays an important part in your life and finding yourself suddenly without it can be stressful. Ensuring that you are prepared and having a plan in place will put you in the best position to overcome the loss or damage of your AT in a timely manner. 
If you have equipment funded by an organisation other than the NDIS, different circumstances will likely apply. You will need to contact the funding body to confirm what this means for you.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any enquiries.

Kind regards,
Simone Fejer

Spotlight on: Chill Out Chairs

Are you looking for a seating solution that promotes relaxation? When it’s time to sit back and chill out, here are three different products providing support and comfort. 
The Gravity Chair by Medifab features a deep seat well, which utilises the natural pull of gravity to support the child into the seat. The design features a snug fit around the hips and high sides to provide lateral support with comfortable contact and security in the chair. The makeup of the chair is soft enough to absorb any spasms and gently brings the child back to a corrected posture as they relax. The new fabric range provide a stylish upgrade and offers a breathable or wipedown option.
The P Pod provides excellent postural support for young children, while allowing them to actively participate with the family. With a bean bag design and vibrant colours, the P Pod features a moulded foam liner that provides excellent positional support and comfort. The seat consists of three components: the Positioning Pod, a moulded foam liner that provides optimal postural support; the Bolster Support, which assists with upright positioning; and a bean bag base. A range of accessories are also available, including a foot support, activity frame and different tray options.
The new Recliner Support System from Special Tomato is an innovative solution that can provide extra support for children with special needs when using an ordinary household recliner. The system attaches to your recliner to provide a firm yet comfortable platform for positioning the hips and pelvis. The adjustable 5-Point Chest Harness and 3-Point Pelvic Harness assist to safely maintain a stable, well-aligned position and the adjustable height headrest promotes a midline position of the head. The leg supports discourage excessive adduction/abduction and rotation of the hips and hyperextension of the knees. The easy to clean drape is secured to protect furniture and can also be integrated with Soft Touch Liners to provide additional support.

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Product News

Prone to Supine

The Multistander from Jenx provides highly customisable and supportive standing. With a simple adjustment, the Multistander can convert from prone to supine standing support. The Multistander also has easy adjustments for height and width.

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Versatile Kidoo

The Kidoo chair is a great option for at home or in class, providing secure support with easy adjustments. It comes standard with seat depth and seat hight adjustment, backrest tilt angle and adjustable height armrests. A range of accessories also cater for other support needs.  

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Gait Training in Pluto

The Pluto posterior walker is a bright and colourful gait trainer that promotes a natural, upright posture when standing and walking. The Pluto can support therapeutic exercise to learn natural movements and increase natural balance.

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Positioning Support

The Kid in Form package is a great positioning system for early childhood intervention. The simple supports facilitate active sitting, supine and prone positioning. You can use the complete kit or components to adjust the level of support needed for each activity.

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In Detail: Carrot Car Seats

We have welcomed the Carrot XL car seat to our range over the past few months and it provides a great option for older children. The Carrot XL focuses on the importance of safety and keeping the user in a supported posture for travel. The low profile wide seat base caters for extra width and provides appropriate seat depth for those not quite tall enough to sit in a standard seat. The large headrest, shoulder protector wings, and 50mm backrest extension allow for a tailored fit and extra safety. The shoulder protector wings, which can extend to accommodate growth, hold and protect the body from side impacts and centrifugal forces. The seat is secured with a top tether strap and optional ISOFIX latch connectors are also available. 
The smaller Carrot Car Seat 3000 is also still available for children needing head, trunk and pelvic stability. The seat supports a large growth range, to suit infants to older children. The body contoured design holds your child in a centred and secured position, while ergonomic head support provides added positioning. The Carrot 3000 reclines and also has a large anterior chest support. The seat provides side impact protection, and includes shoulder protector wings. It is ISOFIX compatible.
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Need a Service or Repair? 

Regular servicing and repairs is important to keep equipment functioning optimally. Funding support costs should be included in your NDIS plan when an AT product is approved.

If a component breaks, or a regular service is required, please get in touch with us to arrange an appointment. Our specialised technicians can review the equipment, repair any minor breaks or order spare parts where required. 
Contact us today for more details.
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