Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:28 am
Scott finds freedom in community programs
A talented film student, Scott was just 25 years old when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
‘’It was a period of highs and lows for me. I was a member of the production team that won Tropfest 2005, but my eyesight was deteriorating, and I was referred to a neurologist who delivered the news,’’ explains Scott.
In the years that followed, Scott developed a limp and eventually was unable to walk or drive. He became dependent on support from his parents and carers.
Scott was referred to Royal Rehab where he participated in the Outpatient Program. Physiotherapy supported him with dexterity, conditioning and strengthening exercises. Most recently, Scott has received occupational therapy through Community Therapies which has had a profound impact on his quality of life.
‘’When I first met Scott, he was using a manual wheelchair which was difficult to manoeuvre, and he could not sit in for very long. He was living with his parents at their split-level home and was unable to access the kitchen and living areas,’’ said Occupational Therapist, Marlene.
Together with the family a plan was developed for short and long-term goals that would make life easier and more enjoyable.
Marlene organised an equipment loan to optimise the current wheelchair and arranged a new sling for hoisting. Later a much-needed power wheelchair was delivered.
As the necessary home modifications were excessively expensive, the decision was made to move into a brand new one-level apartment.
‘’Royal Rehab assisted us the whole way. I am very happy with our new home and my power-chair which to me means freedom! Whether I want to go to the local cafes or into the Opera House to see a comedy show, I can do it now.’’
With Royal Rehab, Scott also participated in recreational therapy where he renewed his interest in cycling and photography. Now Scott and his parents are looking forward to car modifications that will accommodate the power chair.