EASIE Living Centre Enabling Independence
Caption: Louise Williams and Craig Gordon testing out the bench in EASIE living’s demonstration kitchen
Since its opening in February the EASIE Living and Demonstration Centre in Palmerston North has helped many people to maintain their independence. One of the many people using the service is local resident Louise Williams, assisted by her Occupational Therapist /Assessor, Craig Gordon.
The EASIE Living Centre at 585 Main Street has working appliances, equipment and furniture that make it easier for people with disabilities to remain in their homes. Louise and Craig spent time at the centre trying out a variety of home modification options to support Louise to remain independent.
The centre’s demonstration kitchen has sped up the process for Louise in deciding the best options by having the ability to test the specially designed moveable bench. It meant they could check that her wheelchair would fit under the bench while still using it comfortably. Louise appreciated the opportunity to interact with the demonstration options. She was also impressed with the range of equipment available and the thoughtfulness that went into helping her select the correct equipment to meet her needs.
Craig found that being able to trial options was invaluable for them both. The centre allowed him, as an assessor, to find a kitchen solution that best met Louise’s needs, and it also helped Louise feel happy and confident with the outcome. Craig said: “It allowed Louise to be more involved in the process, resulting in the right outcome for her. This facility will allow me to trial ideas with clients during assessments and ensure modifications are tailored to clients’ individual needs.”
Scott Ambridge, General Manager, said: “It is really encouraging to see our vision for the centre come to life. Our aim in developing this centre was to enable independence within the community and it is fantastic to see outcomes like this becoming more frequent. We look forward to seeing more and more assessors come in with their clients to try our equipment.”
The EASIE Living Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm for anyone to access equipment that will improve people’s ability to remain independent for longer in their homes.