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01 Mar 21

Independence for people living with Cerebral Palsy

Sally Withers | NDIS/Disability

 Living independently is something key in everyone’s life knowing they have achieved freedom and control over their life.  A person living with disabilities or cerebral palsy is no different when working out how to have a fulfilling life.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a physical disability that affects movement, balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. According to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, in Australia there are approximately 34,000 people living with cerebral palsy. There are currently 17 million people in the world who have cerebral palsy.

 

What does it mean to be independent?

Living independently means setting your own goals within what is achievable for you. Where you live, what activities you can and want to do and how to spend your money.

For people living with cerebral palsy there are a range of products and services available to support people living independently to have a full and active life as possible.

 

Services and Support for Cerebral Palsy

When it comes to in-home support for cerebral palsy, there are a lot of products and strategies available to help make life easier. Because cerebral palsy is different for each person, developing a plan for how to support for your loved one is important.

Assistive technology like personal alarms can make a big difference to the individual and caregiver in providing independence and peace of mind.

 

Personal Alarms for Cerebral Palsy with 24/7 Assistance

For people living with cerebral palsy, it can be important to retain an active and independent lifestyle by engaging in daily activities of their choice, with the amount of support they need to ensure they feel safe and secure while doing so.

Using a personal alarm with 24/7 emergency support from trained professionals not only gives carers peace of mind knowing help is available all the time, but also provides a sense of independence for the individual.

At MePACS we have a range of personal alarms to support and suit the individual’s needs, whether they are at home, in the garden or out and about. MePACS Personal Alarms provides the security and independence that with just a single press of one button, clients are connected within 2-minutes to trained emergency response operators, anytime of the day or night.  Our team of professionals respond to the individual via the alarm and identify what help required then call the most relevant contact or 000.

MePACS have 3 types of personal alarms to suit your needs and activity levels.

Mark has epilepsy & has been a MePACS client for over 10 years now. He has peace of mind that MePACS is always there for him;  “It’s reassuring to know that if I have a medical emergency, or difficulties with my physical disability at any time of the day or night, that I can just press the pendant and know MePACS will be guaranteed to respond.”

Read Mark’s Testimonial here

Personal Alarm Accessories

For people living with cerebral palsy we understand that at times it can be difficult to press the button on their MePACS emergency alarm, depending on their mobility and dexterity. So we have a range of accessories that work with our home personal alarm. These can make it more accessible for the individual to send an alert to our 24/7 emergency response team.

Jelly Bean Button

The Jelly Bean button increases the surface activation of a MePACS alarm to 6cm and is ideal for someone who may be vision impaired.

Connected to a MePACS home unit, it can sit on a bed frame, dressing table or a wheelchair and enable the user to quickly signal for help.

 

Arthritic Sleeve

People who have limited mobility can have difficulty in moving their hands to press the alarm.

With an arthritic sleeve, the flat button is enlarged and protrudes out from the device, so it is easier identify and send a signal for help.

 

A Blower Switch

A blower switch may be ideal for someone who has limited or no mobility of their hands and arms.

This device can transmit a signal to your MePACS home unit by blowing or sipping into the plastic tube.

Vibrating pendant

This waterproof pendant can assist those who are sight and hearing impaired as it confirms that a signal has been sent to the MePACS emergency response team by vibrating.

The sound and movement reassures the user that the button has been pressed.

MePACS personal alarm and NDIS funding for Cerebral Palsy

MePACS are an approved NDIS provider, our alarms and accessories can be funded through the category of Capital Support and Assistive Technology of your NDIS Plan.

If you already have an NDIS care plan in place or looking to use your NDIS funding please click here

 

For more information about MePACS or to order a MePACS alarm, please call our helpful & dedicated team on 1800 685 329.

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