If you are fortunate to ever meet Paul and Paula, you are sure to be greeted with warm, friendly natures and smiling faces. These two people know how to get the most out of their lives. Paul and Paula live in Mt Helena on a property with three horses, three dogs and their daughter Brenna. They call their five acre property ‘small’, and yes well it is if you compare it to their previous 100 acre hobby farm in Gidgegannup.
The ILC, together with the team at Alucinor Productions, was welcomed into their home and rural lifestyle recently to film a short video about Paul and how the use of assistive equipment enables him to participate in life and his community the way he wants to.
Paul, a retired Country Ambulance Services Manager, has paraplegia, a condition which restricts his ability to move his legs.
To enable him to undertake tasks around the property, take his dogs for a walk and get out and about in the community, including participating in archery, Paul uses a wheelchair and scooter prescribed specifically for him, and taking into account the environments in which they are used, by ILC Occupational Therapist Rachel Everison.
A range of other equipment and home modifications also enable Paul to be an active member of his family and undertake daily tasks, such as preparing meals, safely.
Paul comments that “the equipment has become so much a part of life that it’s easy to forget their significance”.
Watch this space for Paul’s story on video, coming soon together with a series of other videos about how equipment and technology helps people in their lives.