From classic rock bands to cars and motorcycles, our client Leon has a passion for anything vintage and a happy-go-lucky attitude to life.
Leon has secondary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis and decided a MePACS alarm would help him maintain his independence at home and in his local community.
“I live on my own and I have limited mobility due to MS, so I walk around the house with a walking frame and I’ve got a wheelchair for when I go out. I can still do things quite safely, but having both a MePACS home and mobile alarm means I’ve got someone to call on immediately if I have a fall, no matter where I am – that’s a big reassurance.”
“The best thing is probably that it’s so simple to use. All you have to do is press one button and you know you’ve called the right people to help.”
Leon is a participant of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and uses his funding to ensure his personal safety is prioritised.
“Even if I haven’t had a fall for a while, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen again, so I just want to be prepared,” he said.
“It’s about being aware of my condition and how it impacts certain aspects of my life. Having the MePACS response team there for me 24/7 really gives you a great sense of calm.”
Leon says his friends agree that MePACS is an “excellent idea” for him.
“MePACS just gives everyone the peace of mind that I’m in good hands if I have a medical emergency. I can do the things I enjoy without extra worry.”
Leon is humble, generous and motivated. As a former social worker, he knows the benefits of personalised care and commitment all too well.
“I think MePACS is a necessity for people with MS. I would encourage anyone living with a disability like myself to have a MePACS alarm because you just don’t want to take the risk if you are prone to falls,” he said.
“If you live alone, and have issues with mobility, well you don’t want to be lying on the floor for hours because you can’t get up by yourself or have a phone on you. That’s a scary situation that you would want to prevent by all means.
It doesn’t matter if you wear the MePACS alarm around your neck or on your wrist, it’s very convenient and exactly where you need it to be.”
Talking to Leon is like calling an old friend and reminiscing about memorable moments. Genuine and patient, he loves a good laugh and paints with watercolours in his spare time; even selling a few at local exhibitions.
“Art therapy and motorcycle therapy have a few things in common – the devil is in the details, colour is a great eye-catcher and the finished product is definitely worth all that hard work.”