Due to a growing demand for its allied health services the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) has set up a new base in Busselton to provide a better service for people living in the lower south west region of WA.
Locally based occupational therapist Jessica Mahon has been assisting locals with their assistive equipment, technology and home modification needs within their homes since 2015, however until now she hasn’t had a base where people can visit her.
Jessica said one of the big advantages of the service she provides is that she can visit people within the community, however as she has seen the service grow it became clear that if would be beneficial to have a base where people can visit her.
“I assist a range of people, from NDIS participants to older people who are wanting to remain independent in their home,” said Jessica.
“Assistive equipment and home modifications can make a big difference to people’s lives, whether it’s helping them to better manage daily tasks such as showering or preparing a meal, or enabling them to achieve goals in their life such as being able to access the community using their scooter or wheelchair. “I provide assessments for people and advise them on the best options for their needs. I can then prescribe equipment and support people to hire or obtain it, as well as helping them to set it up and providing training.
“I’ve found that people really value this service but sometimes people want to come and meet with me to discuss options and to just receive some information and advice. Having a new base enables me to accommodate this for people, which is great,” said Jessica.
The Independent Living Centre WA is located at 26 Brown Street Busselton and visits are by appointment only.
Jessica is currently providing a service to people who live throughout the whole South West region including the towns of Augusta, Balingup, Busselton, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Dunsborough, Manjimup, Margaret River and Nannup.
The service is available for people of all ages and abilities, including those who have access to NDIS and DVA funding as well as those who wish to self-fund the service.
The ILC is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people to choose and access equipment, technology and services for their independence and wellbeing. For more information about the Independent Living Centre WA visit www.ilc.com.au.
About Jessica Mahon, Occupational Therapist – Lower South West
Jessica joined the ILC in 2015 after relocating to the South West from Perth. Jessica worked in community disability in Perth for over five years, with the majority of her experience being in providing equipment, assistive technology and home modifications to people of all ages and abilities. Jessica is passionate about assisting people to live full and meaningful lives. Jessica is building the ILC service in the South West and is excited to see the service grow and develop to support people in this region.