Helping people in general is what I am passionate about. I provide informal support to my family who have various and wide interests, with different emotional and physical challenges including Huntington’s disease, my friends, and acquaintances. Professionally I provide guidance and support to our Members, their families and support networks in any way I can, to make a positive difference.
Here are a couple of quotes that I find inspirational to me in my current situation. “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.” -Stephen Hawking
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” -Theodore Roosevelt – Merrylin’ s version – “Believe you can and your halfway there; Members with an Elba Support worker we can totally get you there.”
I draw inspiration from many quotes which change daily depending on who I am with or who I am thinking about.
WHAT WE DO
I have worked in my role as Elba’s Field Supervisor for over 10years, I embrace the unique challenges faced by every Member and I’m committed to train Support workers in a fashion that empowers independence and personal freedom of choice for each Member. I have hands on experience working in the community covering a wide range of areas in disabilities, however I specialise and have the most experience working with wheelchair users and Spinal Cord Injured (SCI) people. I enjoy the hands on leadership role I take when training and delivering practical quality skills drawing on the knowledge I gained in the field. I do this by mentoring Support Workers to work within a team environment to ensure their best interests align with that of our Members, who are focus of the person centered care we deliver. Support workers also work closely with an experienced buddy and the specific Member to have a full understanding of their role that will empower and enrich our Members to maintain independence in the community.
Training is designed and delivered as per individual Members requirements as no two Members situations are alike. All of our Members have the opportunity to live fully inclusive and meaningful lives as they choose in their own homes. I find the human spirit is one of “ability”, of self-perseverance and that no disability can steal this ability away from them. This is something I strongly believe in and witness on a daily basis. With this belief I encourage Support workers to see everyone’s “ability” and for the Support workers to have a can-do attitude that is aligned with the Members unique methods of how they overcome their daily challenges. I also work closely with the Human Resource team when they require assistance covering duties such as; recruiting & selecting support workers and ensuring all Members shifts are covered with suitable support workers.
PEOPLE WE HAVE HELPED
One of the most rewarding aspects of my working life at Elba, was finding a suitable Host family for one of our Members that was living in an unsafe environment. The Host family have turned out to be absolute stars and have provided a lovely, homely and welcoming friendly environment for the individual. The family assist in supporting the individual with all medical, physical and personal care requirements, while building a trusting relationship. The establishment of trust has enabled the Member to interact with the Host family’s extended family, allowing the individual to grow, develop new friendships and life skills. The immediate results where a drastic improvement in confidence and communication skills, which has enabled the individual to experience opportunities within the community and different life situations.