I’m Carmel, I’m an Occupational Therapist
and a lot of my role at Therapy Focus is looking at prescribing equipment and then finding
funding for the people on our caseloads. Ashlin is quite new to Sinead and I. She’s
only been on our caseload for a year. She has a lot of equipment. She has 2 wheelchairs,
she’s got one manual and one powered. She’s got a walker, a standing frame, she’s got
a modified bike, she’s got a commode for the shower and we’re actually looking at home
modifications at the moment. She’s just got her van modified. She’s got a pool hoist,
a heater, an iPad. I’m Vince. I’m Ashlin’s Dad. Ashlin she is
12 years old now. Loves outdoors, especially swimming. Loves to go to school. She’s beautiful,
she’s funny and she just loves adventures. Therapy Focus has assisted immensely in finding
the right equipment for our needs. The motorised wheelchair is just that extra step for independence.
It’s new to Ashlin and is quite exciting. I’m learning how to drive my power wheelchair.
It’s really cool and I’ve been doing lot’s of driving on the oval. I’m going to drive
it at school next year. In a manual wheelchair you’re relying on someone
else to push you whereas in a power wheelchair she can do that by herself. So anyway that
we can give her more independence, we will. Well the van. Yes, the van is fantastic. We’ve
had it modified with assistance from Therapy Focus. The van has saved Michiko, my wife,
and and my back’s from injury. Ashlin’s growing, she’s getting bigger, she’s becoming harder
to man handle in and out of the little car. When we have to lift Ashlin in and out, it
was playing quite a toll on our fitness and our health. The van has just eliminated all
of that. It’s really awesome. And I get to listen to
music in the car, and sing, and Dad just loves it. She loves to sing. She loves music. She wants to be a pop star. We absolutely love working with this family because they are so on board, they are so
proactive and they are really good at helping us achieve Ashlin’s goals. Carmel and Sinead are fantastic. They are very proactive, there is not a problem too large
to sort out and come up with a perfect solution.