7 October, 2014, 12:00 am
ALTHOUGH limited care-giving training and resources have inclined families towards sending their disabled members to institutions for continued care, access to training in this area has helped reverse the trend, says the Western Disabled People’s Association.
The Lautoka-based affiliation will begin an intensive three-day workshop on holistic caregiving today in Lautoka, with hopes that the demanding task will be less burdensome for both physically disabled people and their attendants.
“This workshop and others held in the past has helped to reverse the trend considerably for the benefit of disabled persons who have invariably preferred the congenial surroundings and atmosphere of their homes to the regimens and confines of institutional care centres,” the association said in a statement.
It insists, however, that the possibility exists for most persons with physical disabilities to almost entirely attend to their own personal nursing care needs and propel themselves to the maximum level of independence and self-sufficiency.