When we imagined the future when we were kids, we pictured flying cars, robots at our beck and call, meals in pill form, jet-packs, and colonies on other planets. Future technology made life seem so much easier with science fiction films like Star Wars fuelling our imagination at all the technological possibilities of not only spaceships and light sabres, but also medical advances like Darth Vader’s ventilator and Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand.
Hi, my name is Jenny Smyth. I have a Neuromuscular condition (NMC) which is slowly progressive, it affects my muscles and nerves.
Having this does not stop me from doing anything and I live life to the fullest! I am very independent and aim to keep my independence for as long as I can.
I use an Invacare TDX SP2 powerchair for my everyday mobility, which has power Tilt/Recline/Elevate on it to help with pressure relief and comfort.
Ben Blundell, Invacare’s Financial Controller, believes that “life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away”.*
Have you ever lifted or moved a patient to feel that awful familiar twinge in your back, knowing you’d hurt it yet again? Sometimes, despite extensive training and proper lifting techniques, manual-handling injuries can occur.
Injuries sustained when moving or lifting patients is a major issue and the most common cause of injuries for people working in health, aged care, rehabilitation, and disability services. From nurses, carers, cleaners, laundry, and maintenance workers, to administration and kitchen staff, all have been injured during manual handling of patients.
Laura Plambeck is our enthusiastic Sales Support Administrator and is a big believer in seeking to improve herself. In fact, her favourite quote is: “Inside you is the potential to make yourself better, and that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are.”
Laura says, “I understand that life has its roller coasters and EVERYONE is dealing with something. I want to be a helping hand to whoever needs one and I try my best to find the best solutions and outcomes that will help a person to where they need to go and to achieve what they need to achieve.”
When Jenny was growing up, her goal was to get a job to help support her family. It wasn't until both of her parents were in aged care that she became aware of her passion for helping people. Jenny now cares for a range of residents with dementia in an aged care centre providing person-centred activities.
Stephen Dean is an Invacare Technician who is passionate about reducing the amount of time customers wait for repairs and spare parts.
Stephen, who regularly visits Invacare customers to repair items, as well as visiting nursing homes to train maintenance staff to attend to minor issues, says, “customers and the nursing homes find this service very valuable as it saves them a lot of time and worry.”
It’s time to meet Nicole Cassidy-Koia, our Rentals Administrator, who is also known around the office as “lil boss”. Nicole’s favourite quote sums up her cheerful and genuine disposition perfectly: He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai – If kindness is sewn, then kindness you shall receive.
Nicole works with the Rentals Administration team processing queries and requests from our customers. “I also work closely with my managers and team members regarding processes and improving those processes.”
This International Women's Day, Invacare Australia/New Zealand is celebrating the story of an amazing woman - she is a mother, a successful athlete, and a passionate advocate for a cause she has good reason to believe in.
Eliza Ault-Connell is a 38-year-old para-athlete who has represented Australia, winning medals at a variety of global events including the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.