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Inform issue 24 – Autumn 2018

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In this issue of Inform, we celebrate achievements. We follow Independence Australia's residential client Peter as he looks back on some of the adventures he has had along the way of 50 years as a wheelchair user.

Housing Choices

Housing Choices Australia Interview An interview with Gabriella Browne Commercial Manager, Disability and Older People Housing Choices Australia November 17, 2017 1. What are the top issues facing Australians with disabilities? Safe and secure housing is definitely a critical issue for many Australians with disability, particularly young people with disability transitioning from Out of Home Care when they turn 18. Where will they live and how will they be supported as they enter adulthood? Ageing parents caring for an older child with disability is not a new topic, but is still problematic on so many levels. It’s incredibly hard for older parents to care for their adult children with disability without support. This, coupled with the shortage of appropriate housing, is one of the most concerning issues families are facing. 2. What does accessible housing look like? I think the term “accessible” is more about the physical environment and less about what makes a house a home. A dear person in my life, who has an intellectual disability, told me that he likes his house because he can put pictures on his walls and have a friend to sleep over, but his friend isn’t allowed. I think his thoughts sum it all up beautifully. Yes, an accessible home must be safe, practical and appropriate, but a home is much more than compliant grab rails and ramps. It’s about people surrounding themselves with the things they love that bring them happiness, peace and create memories and a sense of belonging. 3. With the NDIS, what kind of design changes will we see in housing for people with a disability? Plenty we hope. Collaboration will be the fastest route to innovation. And innovation will lead to efficiencies and better and more cost-effective outcomes for everyone. Housing Choices has a project at Box Hill in outer Melbourne where we’re just about to begin construction, which really excites us. We are building two homes, plus a residence to accommodate carers, to house four fantastic young people on the autism spectrum, with high-level needs. But from day one of the design process, we have worked incredibly closely with all four families thrashing out the best ways to build the houses so these young people can live independently, but with the right support, hopefully forever. Thus far, the process has been an absolute joy and, of course, all the learnings can be applied to future projects. The outcome we hope will determine how we go about building homes for people for specific needs. 36 Independence Australia

Featured Product TENA Flex A design breakthrough for wearers and carers Changing traditional continence products can be a challenge for both wearers and carers alike, whereby many older-style products are cumbersome and not quick or easy to change. The good news is that TENA Flex is making changing easier than ever before. Tenille Taylor, TENA Healthcare Marketing Manager, explains… Many people may not realise there have been significant improvements to the form and function of continence products, with modern designs such as TENA Flex delivering significant improvements in changing, skin integrity, odour control and leakage. Benefits for wearers • Easy to apply thanks to the unique belted design and absence of excess bulk around the hips. • Improved skin integrity featuring FeelDry technology to draw urine quickly away from the skin, as well as material that allows the skin to breathe. • More comfortable to wear with double leg cuff elastics for maximum comfort 80% 25% reduction in reduction in skin rashes 2 leakages 1 37 “The unique belted design of TENA Flex gives those who are able to self-change the ability to do so which is just not the case with many other bulky, more traditional continence products. For carers, it makes changing a breeze, and protects their back by reducing the need to lift the wearer onto the pad. For any carers who have experienced back strain, this is simply game-changing.” With people staying at home longer, who may have more complex care needs, it’s now commonplace for those at home who are both active and mobile, or bedbound, to need a product that is both easy to change and less cumbersome. 1 TENA Flex Clinical Trial, Sarah Wollett, New Zealand, December 2009 vs all-in-one or two-piece products. 2 TENA Flex Clinical Trial, Sarah Wollett, Australia, February 2011 vs all-in-one or two-piece products. Benefits for carers • Minimises lifting during changing, which has proven to reduce the risk of back strain. • Makes changes less intrusive thanks to the belted design. • The easy belt and tabs makes it simpler to toilet where possible. and protection against leakage. • Extensive range of 12 products across absorbencies and sizes small to extra large. Belt extension also available. Shop online at To request a free sample, call Independence Australia on 1300 788 855 or email Inform Autumn 2018