[blindza] Re: Information for disabled patients while they are still in hospital

This is exactly the sort of thing that would have been really good to have been 
given/offered/told about when I was also initially recovering in hospital, and 
the closest really had was when Daan and Lettie van Niekerk came to see me, and 
showed/told me about simple things like a cane, and a talking watch, where to 
find them, etc.

The closest easily available source have found for the sort of information I 
was thinking about, and what I think you at least partially mean is the type of 
thing you can find on the SoundSolutions sort of podcast page on AirsLA.org:
http://www.airsla.org/soundsolutions.asp

The description/explanation, under linked to first track there is the following:
"Sound Solutions is a series of audio recordings, produced by the Braille 
Institute, that can help you learn to live with sight loss and regain your 
independence. Topics covered include home management; adaptive cooking; 
learning to live with visual loss; how to make the best use of your other 
senses; developing leisure interests; rights and resources; facts vs. myths as 
well as understanding the causes of blindness; developing a healthy outlook and 
lifestyle; what to do when a family member loses vision; enhancing 
communication; and putting humor back in your life."

One issue would be that they'll be meaning/talking about contextual resources 
in the USA, but anyway...

Will anyway just say wish someone had brought me some of these to listen to 
while in hospital in 2006...<smile>

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tony Webb 
  To: BLINDZA 
  Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:26 AM
  Subject: [blindza] Information for disabled patients while they are still in 
hospital


  Dear List,
  * We get many enquiries from people who have become disabled though an 
accident or illness resulting in loss of physical functions, loss of sight or 
loss of hearing or speech, or loss of brain function as in stroke or traumatic 
brain injury.
  * During their stay in hospital, few people appear to get much information 
about their disability, or where they can get support after they have been 
discharged.
  * Several years ago, the QuadPara Association (QASA) introduced  Bags of 
Hope, given to people with spinal cord injuries while the patient is still in 
hospital.
  * The Bag of Hope contains a manual about Spinal Cord Injury, a book called 
Know Your Rights, a copy of Rolling Inspiration magazine, brochure and 
application for the local branch of the QuadPara Association and several other 
documents to assist the patient to adjust to life as a paraplegic or 
quadriplegic.
  * The Bags of Hope have several pockets and are designed to hang over the 
back of a wheelchair.
  * They are distributed by disabled members of QASA regional associations and 
self-help centres who visit their local hospitals regularly to ensure that new 
patients and their families are not left without information and support - and 
hope for the future.

  I would like to hear from anyone who knows of any other NGO or support group 
using the concept of Bags of Hope or other method to provide information to 
disabled patients while they are still in hospital.

  Regards,

  Tony  Webb, 
  The.Sponge Project, Port Elizabeth.
  +27-41-368 3707, Mobile +27-82-290 3764, 
  tony.webb@xxxxxxxxxxxx,    http://thespongeproject.yolasite.com 


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