As one of the first patients to lay some rubber on the newly completed wheelchair skills area, Jacques Jacobie said he is enjoying the challenge of the space which is providing him with new goals to be achieved along his rehabilitation journey.
“I’m definitely enjoying the space and making use of it,” said Jacques who has his eye set on discharge from the PAH Spinal Injuries Unit in October.
“It is close-by in case something goes wrong and it certainly helps that there are no cars to contend with while we are still working on some of the skills.
Jacques said he was a big fan of the space for rehabilitation because it makes him happy to be out in the simulated space and gives him a sense of achievement as he starts ticking goals that are on his list.
“One of my goals was a gutter jump and I felt a good sense of achievement when I did that. I try to do what I can and everything I can with wheelchair skills so that I can be the most prepared and my best me to make things easier when I get home."
The Longreach local has been in the Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Unit for over three months and has seen the change from barely lifting 5 kg to his improved physicality with his wheelchair.
“I’m way better now – I can do lots more, I can go further. I do a circuit every now and then going up all the ramps and the full length of the pathways around the unit.”
The launch of the new skills area ties in with this year’s Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, 7-13 September, that seeks to highlight the message Accessibility equals opportunity.
The new skills area launched during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is part of the $1.85M spinal refurbishment project funded by the Queensland government.