NDIS helps cope with Huntington’s

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FRANKSTON resident Fiona Winsborough, who lives with Huntington’s Disease. Picture: Supplied

A FRANKSTON woman with Huntington’s disease and her husband have paid tribute to Peninsula Health staff for helping them receive new equipment through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Fiona Winsborough has received a new wheelchair, as well an air mattress and other specialised care items including hip protectors, a falls sensor alarm, and a tilt-in-space shower commode. Her husband Karl said that he “was struggling to get anything done for Fiona” before her equipment was overhauled.

Mr Winsborough said the equipment upgrade had allowed him to return to work part-time. He said he was “extremely impressed” with the work done by Peninsula Health to help them access the NDIS.

Adult NDIS team leader at Peninsula Health Laura de Lange said “our work has involved consulting with Karl, Fiona and a vehicle conversion company to improve the process of bringing Fiona’s wheelchair in and out of the car, which is a big step up from her previous vehicle which she was unable to get in and out of safely.” 

“These items all provide better and safer care but it’s also important that we find ways to help Fiona and her support workers transition to them, including maintaining familiar touches if necessary. We have also trained support workers in the use of hoists and slings,” she said.

“A lot has changed due to the Covid-19 restrictions, but we continue to support our clients to get the best out of their NDIS plan. Essential home visits are still taking place and we also keep in touch with clients by phone, email and Telehealth video consultations.”

Peninsula Health is a registered NDIS provider. For more information about their NDIS services phone 1300 665 781.

First published in the Frankston Times – 18 May 2020

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