Exercise can be hugely beneficial in the management of chronic conditions and disabilities. You can improve strength, balance, sleep, the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions, and cognition. Exercise Physiologists’ can assist any individual who may benefit from exercise, including those with physical and mental health conditions. 

Connect2Care’s Melbourne-based Exercise Physiologist, Matilda, has been working alongside her client to find a sustainable and enjoyable regime, resulting in improved compliance and better outcomes. The goal was to increase independence, strength, and confidence, and Matilda was able to engage her client in the activity of boxing successfully. 

Matilda’s client continues to engage in weekly Exercise Physiology sessions and regularly performs their home exercise program outside of these sessions. The results have been astounding, with her client indicating that daily boxing is an incredibly positive method of managing her negative emotions. They have also demonstrated improvement in their strength and technique. Matilda is now working on incorporating more challenging variations of exercises into the exercise program so that her client can continue to reach and exceed exercise goals, striving to improve their physical and mental health.

NDIS Approved Exercise Physiology | Connect2Care

Assistive technology can be highly beneficial for helping to maintain and improve everyday functions. The use of assistive technology can create more independence and increase opportunities to perform tasks and make decisions.

Some examples of the assistive technology provided at Connect2Care include:

  • Communication and information equipment
  • Assistive products for hearing and vision
  • Personal Mobility equipment
  • Assistive products for personal care and safety

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Our Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists provide different types of assistive technology to their clients. One specific assistive technology provided by Connect2Care’s speech pathologists is a high-tech device that allows people to communicate when they don’t have the option to communicate verbally.

This device allows people to communicate using their eyesight and slight body movements. Using this device can give people the ability to convey their thoughts and how they feel when they otherwise may not have been able to.

NDIS Assistive Technology | Connect2Care

Exercise Physiology is a service provided at Connect2Care that involves exercise-based therapy and intervention for various health issues. Exercise Physiologists help to treat and manage chronic conditions, injuries and disabilities through exercise. This is a well-established treatment modality to reduce the risk of disease and improve outcomes for people experiencing chronic disease.

Exercise physiologists prescribe exercise interventions that are specific to each individual. They also provide patient education and can assist with facilitating behaviour change for long-term health benefits.

Exercise physiologists can work with a wide range of health conditions and can also help prevent and manage injuries.

They use multiple forms of exercise treatment, including strength training, aerobic training, balance and hydrotherapy.

 

“If the benefits of exercise could come from a pill, every doctor would prescribe it” – Matilda, Exercise Physiologist.

 

There are endless benefits that come from exercise, and our Exercise Physiologist can help you achieve these benefits.

 

NDIS Approved Exercise Physiology | Connect2Care

 

The Allied Health capability framework provided by health.vic is to understand the capabilities of allied health to support the needs of those with disability.

The domain of Individual support and its capabilities are as follows:

1. Understands disability and complex support needs

2. Promotes independence and informed choice

3. Works in partnership with the person to set and achieve goals

4. Thinks flexibly and tailors interventions to the person

5. Communicates effectively

6. Works collaboratively with the person’s supports

Interprofessional practice:  

7. Operates within the scope of practice

8. Collaborates with interprofessional

Systems: 

9. Navigates the National Disability Insurance Scheme

10. Collaborates across service systems

Quality, Safety and Ethics: 

11. Acts ethically and resolves conflicts

12. Promotes safety, quality and inclusion

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A discussion with the national committee members of the APA disability group, Catherine Kohlenberg, Denise Luscombe, Bas Jansen and state committee members provided five points as to why physiotherapy is important to people with disability.

Five points:  

1. Cerebral palsy-specific early interventions maximise neuroplasticity 

Physiotherapists play a key role in early intervention through utilising motor training-based activities that prompt neuroplasticity. By stimulating neuroplasticity, a physiotherapist works to rehabilitate and improve an individual’s quality of life. At Connect2Care, our physiotherapists work within an interdisciplinary team, providing the best outcomes for individuals.

2. Physiotherapists play a vital role in early childhood intervention 

Our physiotherapists work to ensure the best practices and guidelines for children and families through early childhood intervention. A physiotherapist takes on a “coach role” whilst other therapists form the team around the child. Connect2Care therapists work within the team and the community where family priorities are focused.

 3. Physiotherapists are trained to improve physical fitness

Lowered physical activity has implications for emotional well-being and overall health. Physiotherapists are trained to improve strength-building and motor skills. As Connect2Care works closely with the NDIS, all of our physiotherapists are available for face-to-face and telehealth appointments now!

 

4. Postural care: prevention is better than cure  

Understanding how to prevent issues with postural care is crucial! Supported lying is an aligning of the body in a non-destructive position in bed. Our physiotherapists can assess and support clients in developing prevention techniques for postural care.

5. To measure is to know 

Standardised assessments are leading to the identification and prevention of functional issues. This outcome-based approach to therapy is in keeping with the national standards set out by the APA and is practised by our physiotherapists. Whilst these tools are important, our therapists are also adaptive to client needs and will identify the appropriate tool on an individual basis.

NDIS Physiotherapy | Physiotherapy Services | Connect2Care

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) has collated data in a report published the 30th of June 2020. The report details how families and carers of participants feel about the NDIS and if it has improved their lives over the past few years in the introduction phase.

 

Each family member and caregiver of a participant over the age of 25 were asked these five questions:
  1. Has the introduction of NDIS helped with rights and advocacy?
  2. Has the introduction of NDIS improved the level of support given?
  3. Has the introduction of NDIS provided greater access to community activities?
  4. Has the introduction of NDIS helped with future planning?
  5. Has the introduction of NDIS improved your wellbeing?

 

The research findings showed that families and carers of participants over the age of 25 improved in each criterion area, over a three-year period within the NDIS. Families and carers of participants of an older age were more likely to state that the NDIS with rights and advocacy and with future planning.

 

Families and caregivers that care for participants with physical disabilities and autism are less likely to agree that the NDIS helped engage with community activities than those with intellectual disability. It is up to us as NDIS planners and providers to increase access to these activities and raise the vulnerable to the same standard so that everyone has adequate access to NDIS service providers.
Families and carers of participants in remote or rural areas were more likely to agree that the NDIS has improved the level of support for their families. As Connect2Care expands, we will endeavour to service those with limited access to NDIS services.

What is At-Home Care?

At-home, mobile care is a service where healthcare and support are provided in the comfort of one’s own home. This approach is particularly beneficial for individuals managing long-term conditions, disabilities, and mobility issues.

Benefits of At-Home Care

  1. Comfort of Familiar Surroundings: At-home care allows clients to receive professional support in the familiar setting of their own home, offering a sense of security and comfort that is invaluable for wellbeing.
  2. Maintaining Independence: Receiving care in one’s own home enhances personal choice and independence. It also includes the integration of assistive technologies that are tailored to suit the home environment, helping people to maintain a sense of autonomy.
  3. Focused and Individualised Care: Services are designed to focus on specific areas of need and take the environment into consideration, ensuring effective and personalised care.
  4. Personal One-on-One Sessions: At-home care is delivered as one-on-one care, fostering a deeper and more personal relationship between the client and therapist, which is fundamental to effective care.
  5. Supporting Families: At-home care also greatly benefits family members, particularly those who are primary carers. Sharing the caregiving responsibilities offers family members much-needed respite and peace of mind.

Connect2Care’s At-Home and Mobility Services

At Connect2Care, we provide a range of therapeutic supports to people of all ages, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, and Psychology. Our services are predominately mobile, which means we travel to our clients, providing therapy in their home and community settings. If you’re interested in our at-home care/mobile services, contact us today.
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Dyslexia is a very common learning disability in Australia, with an estimated 20% of children suffering from mild to severe dyslexia. By working with a speech pathologist for speech therapy for dyslexia, individuals gain several benefits.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia, primarily known as a language-based disorder, significantly impacts an individual’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, honing reading strategies and skills becomes a vital part of their journey.

The role of speech therapy in managing dyslexia

Speech pathologists help with the assessment and treatment of dyslexia. They are trained to access overall language skills, including those critical to reading, such a phonological awareness and subsequent targeting intervention to help individuals with dyslexia learn to read.

Phonological awareness is essential for reading, writing, rhyming, and manipulating syllables, such as blending and segmenting. These skills allow us to understand what sounds make up a particular word and manipulate sounds to form words. Programs that target phonological awareness and literacy skills are available, such as ‘The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme.’

Benefits of speech therapy for dyslexia

  1. Building Phonological Skills: A key focus in dyslexia therapy is enhancing phonological awareness. This makes the process of reading and writing more approachable and less daunting.
  2. Reading with Ease and Understanding: Through speech therapy sessions, individuals with dyslexia can improve their reading skills. This leads to better understanding and enjoyment of reading, turning a challenging task into a delightful experience.
  3. Growing Confidence: As reading becomes less challenging, there is often a wonderful growth in self-esteem. This newfound confidence can positively influence all areas of life, including school and social situations.

Speech pathologists at Connect2Care

Connect2Care’s experienced Speech Pathologists are ready to provide expert, caring assistance to unlock the full potential of every individual. Contact us today to learn more about our dyslexia therapy services and how we can support your journey towards success and confidence.

 

NDIS Speech Pathology | Speech Therapy | Connect2Care

References:

1. The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme booklet: Microsoft Word – programme booklet 2008.doc (canterbury.ac.nz)

2. Reading Rockets | Launching Young Readers  this website provides general information about reading and some research-based reading strategies/intervention; it is also a good source for finding the appropriate books based on age, genre, and reading level.

Assistive technology is an essential means by which individuals with disabilities can perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Some examples include mobility aids, iPads, and physical modifications within the home, such as ramps and grab bars.

 

NDIS Australia set out guidelines and categorisations for the product risk. They are placed in a high, mid and low category of risk. A powered wheelchair, for example, is placed in the high-risk category as it is recognised as complex assistive technology.

 

For more information on this classification, visit Assistive technology product risk table | NDIS to evaluate the table found on this webpage.

 

If individuals fit the plan criteria, assistive technology is worthwhile when putting together an NDIS plan. The NDIS is committed to building a sustainable and empowering approach to assistive technology in the NDIS community.

Our therapists at Connect2Care strive to enrich all participants’ lives and provide the most appropriate assistive technology to improve independence and quality of life.

NDIS Assistive Technology | Connect2Care

Ongoing pain can be extremely difficult to deal with, not only physically, but also mentally. Dealing with chronic pain as early as possible is imparative.

What is Chronic Pain?

It is a common belief that our tissue heals after an injury, and pain usually goes away. Yet, many Australians experience pain after the healing process is complete. When pain lingers for more than three months, it falls into the category of “Chronic Pain.”

Chronic Pain Explained: 

A common explanation is that chronic pain occurs due to the changes in our nervous system; the pain receptors become more sensitised and keep the nerves firing, signalling pain to the brain.

Factors:  

Factors contributing to chronic pain include stress, anxiety; sleep; diet; and psychological trauma. When dealing with chronic pain, taking a holistic approach to care is essential. How can we achieve this? Practising mindfulness, speaking to a psychologist or developing a regular sleep routine and a healthy diet can promote our physical and mental health.

How to Deal with Chronic Pain

Managing chronic pain effectively involves more than just medical treatments; it requires an integrated approach that encompasses various aspects of your lifestyle and wellbeing.

Here are some practical tips that can help in dealing with chronic pain:

  1. Develop a Multidisciplinary Care Plan: Engage with healthcare professionals like physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, and psychologists to create a comprehensive care plan. This ensures that all aspects of your chronic pain are addressed.
  2. Stay Active: Gentle exercise can be surprisingly effective in managing pain. Activities like walking, swimming, or tailored exercise programs can help maintain mobility and reduce pain intensity.
  3. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can help manage the psychological aspects of chronic pain. These techniques help to reduce stress and can alter the perception of pain.
  4. Healthy Diet: A balanced diet can aid in overall health and can sometimes reduce inflammation, which might contribute to chronic pain. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
  5. Quality Sleep: Poor sleep can exacerbate pain. Establishing a regular sleep routine and creating a restful sleeping environment can improve sleep quality.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can worsen the symptoms of chronic pain. Ensure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
  7. Join Support Groups: Sharing experiences and tips with others who understand what you’re going through can be very helpful. Support groups provide emotional support and practical advice on living with chronic pain.

By incorporating these strategies into your daily life, you can start dealing with chronic pain and gain more control over your chronic pain, leading to an improved quality of life.

Connect with Connect2Care

At Connect2Care, your health and well-being are our highest priorities. We match you with healthcare professionals who understand the intricacies of chronic pain and are committed to providing empathetic, effective care. Together, we work towards managing your pain and enhancing your overall health. Connect with us today – because your journey to better health and pain relief starts with a simple step.

Joanne’s message:  

“No matter how you choose to approach chronic pain, it is always important to remember that any movement is better than no movement at all.” 

Make the move now! 

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