Meeting the ‘ISO’ challenge
Supporting people adapt to the COVID-19 isolation has required Identitywa workers to take their innovation and creativeness to another level.
Over the past few months, Identitywa workers have come together to share their skills and talents, creating fun and interactive opportunities which have made a positive difference to the overall wellbeing of the 148 housemates.
“The mandatory isolation we have all experienced required us to rise to the challenge of offering opportunities for people engaged and active during what has been a difficult time,” said CEO, Marina Re.
“It has been really encouraging to see how housemates have enjoyed the variety of activities being offered in their homes.”
These activities have included setting up new vegetable gardens; cooking delicious meals together; playing games; lots of puzzles; music sessions; exercising online and creating colourful artwork.
“A definite favourite, of course, has been staying connected to their family and friends by using technology such as Facetime, Zoom and Skype,” said Marina.
“Having this visual contact has made life less isolated and has certainly given comfort to families who have been able to communicate and interact with ease. We have loved all the photos and videos people have shared which definitely show how to make the most of life despite the restrictions.”
When the coronavirus pandemic becoming public in January, Identitywa immediately put plans in place to ensure all workers were following the latest medical advice available.
“We are committed to continuing to do everything we can to ensure we are following all the Department of Health’s requirements and guidance as the governments lift restrictions,” said Marina.
Identitywa is one of WA’s leading agencies supporting people with disability to live the life they choose. With a strong commitment to Person Centred Active Support, staff work in partnership with individuals to explore, plan and design support options to suit their individual needs.
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