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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 18

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THE RHYTHM OF LIFE LEONIE WELLINGTON, MSWA SENIOR COUNSELLOR THE FUNDING OF ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT SUE SHAPLAND RN, BN Life has a rhythm. The rhythm of your life may be different to mine but we both have patterns. Patterns determined by nature, our family of origin, work, health, past experiences, new experiences, the list is endless. Patterns provide us with a sense of predictability and safety. Even those that may not be helping us get where we aspire to be. You may have heard the saying ‘better the devil you know rather than the devil you don’t.’ Making change can be difficult because we often need to break patterns of behaviour we have known, and been familiar with, for possibly our lifetime. Drumming is a universal nonverbal rhythmic form of communication. It is used in many cultures to bring people together, celebrate, mourn. Drumming creates an immediate shared experience that anyone can participate in. You don’t need to be a musician, in fact, you don’t even need a drum to participate. How often do you find yourself clapping or tapping your feet to a rhythm? There is more and more science looking into the benefits of rhythm and drumming on the brain and body. Drumming allows us to use both sides of the brain at the same time, creating a synchronisation that is not often achieved in daily life and opening the way for greater insight and creativity. It can also increase alpha waves in the brain which helps alleviate stress responses and can calm a busy mind. BEN MATTHEWS, MSWA PHYSIOTHERAPIST Neuro imaging has shown the areas of the brain triggered using rhythmic music to be connected to impulse control, movement and emotional memory. A drum can be a safe vessel to express past traumas, current fears and new goals by communicating beyond words and having the immediate feedback of the sound and vibration from the drum. When used in a group it can help connect people by promoting cooperation, encouragement, creativity, self-expression and shared achievement. People can hear and be heard. It is a way to practice and experience change. In many ways it is a metaphor for life. As a counsellor, I have found a freedom in using drumming groups that allow everyone self-expression, as well as a collective expression. The feedback from participants include feeling relaxed, enjoying socially connecting with others, learning to link the body and brain in movement and that it is fun. There is no right or wrong way to express rhythm, as it is ever evolving and changing in the here and now with benefits that can be used long after it has finished. I am currently running a drumming group on the first and third Fridays of the month at the MSWA Community and Health Services Centre in Bunbury. Please contact Leonie on 6454 2804 or if you would like more information. RENOVATIONS – WILSON PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT Derived from the Latin Renovatus; to improve a home, or house, or building, with or without argumentative couples, film crews, and a show on Channel 7. It is with great pleasure to announce that MSWA Wilson is now into the third phase of renovations, with all renovations scheduled to be completed by the end of July. We would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to all our Members for their patience whilst the physiotherapy gym and surrounds have been shifted about, and especially for putting up with all the noise and the fragrant smell of paint and gloss (the ghost of which still haunts the halls) over the past couple of months. I think everyone will agree that the renovations are worthwhile. Our beloved physio gym has been extended, and now fits even more torturous…er…motivational exercise equipment. The bright colour scheme lifts the room, and we invite speculation as to the name of the colour of white that has gone on the walls. Some say “Rottnest Island white”, others favour a “burnt cream”, or “I don’t know I forgot to bring my glasses today.” The hydrotherapy pool has also had a facelift, and, unlike a number of Hollywood heiresses, the pool looks better for it. The renovations haven’t all been for looks, however. Our aim was to update the gym and the hydro pool so that we can continue to offer the best physiotherapy services to all of our Members. Please feel free to have a look when you are next in Wilson, we hope it motivates you to join a group or two. We often get asked by Members how equipment is funded and where they can go for information and assistance. We recommend that you speak with one of our Occupational Therapy Team who know all about the funding sources and eligibility and can also recommend what may suit your needs and where to go and try it. Our OTs apply for grants on behalf of our Members. How can equipment be funded? 1. Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP) – funded by DSC and administered by the Health Department CAEP has generally been adequate for meeting equipment needs in the home and is responsive to change in equipment needs over time. • Managed through the local hospitals • Basic essential equipment for in the home • Does not consider community access needs or quality of life • Is income assessed, you need a Health Care Card or pension and has some restrictions • CAEP owns the equipment and are responsible for maintenance and repairs 2. Equipment for Living Grants (EFL) Additional/alternative funding to CAEP is the EFL Grant (DSC funding, administered through the Independent Living Centre). Beds, scooters etc have been funded by the EFL grant. • You must be CAEP eligible • There is some consideration for quality of life where the equipment enables community access • Funded items are the responsibility of the applicant, including the cost of maintenance and repairs 3. NDIA and WANDIS • No means test, must be eligible for NDIS. People who did not qualify for funding are now eligible for funding of equipment • Funds ongoing maintenance and repair costs of equipment in your package • Although equipment is basic and essential, it also considers life goals and quality of life to meet your goals • Requested equipment must be related to the disability • Normal household items are generally not funded e.g. air conditioning will not be funded by NDIA or My Way • Home modifications will also be funded if required for the disability 4. Lotterywest Grants Lotterywest provide funding through the DEG grants and EIE grant programs. These grants have assisted with vehicle modifications, driving assessments, some communication aids, and funding of items if you aren’t CAEP eligible due to having a care package that is Commonwealth funded not State funded, e.g. Aged Care. There can be a gap between the funding limits and the cost of the request, which is generally met by the applicant or their families. 5. Community Living Participation Grants Funded by National Disability Services, the CLPG grant is about community access, not equipment in the home. • Not means tested, but need to demonstrate the need for funding support • Includes items for community access • The applicant is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of equipment • Includes holidays in WA We can combine some grants to fund more expensive items e.g. ,000 powered wheelchairs have been funded using the EIE grant and CLPG grants combined. 6. Aged Care Packages For those with packages there is some limited ability to purchase equipment within the package. If you need some assistance with accessing equipment contact the OT Team on 9365 4888. 18 | MSWA BULLETIN WINTER 2018 MSWA BULLETIN WINTER 2018 | 19