July 08, 2019
Published on Monday 8 April, 2019
Jodie Pavett had been a nurse for many years and the disability sector was a field she had a keen interest in exploring further.
So when the position of Nurse Manager at Lifestyle Solutions’ Specialist Disability Supported Accommodation Service in Woy Woy became available Jodie jumped at the opportunity.
“I love my job. I really enjoy making a difference in our customers’ lives. Being able to see them progress and know that I’m a part of their development feels amazing,” said Jodie.
The service, run by a team of nurses with specialist disability training, provides very high levels of support to people with significant functional impairment and complex needs whilst also creating a harmonious environment for our customers.
“For our customers to live to the best of their ability, we require highly trained nurses to address their unique needs and provide the appropriate level of care. I currently manage 25 employees who all receive ongoing training and support that’s focussed on each of our customers’ specific care needs,” said Jodie.
A Registered Nurse and Assistant in Nursing are on duty 24/7. An Enrolled Nurse, Facilitator and Nurse Manager are available as required. “By utilising the nursing skill set of our staff, we can provide a holistic model of specialist care on a daily basis to our residents resulting in optimal levels of engagement, health and quality of life.
Our care model includes therapy programs, building life skills, community involvement, healthcare and nutrition,” said Jodie.
“Whilst the primary service comprises of two purpose-built homes that are fully wheelchair accessible and able to provide support for up to ten people; we can also provide all other mainstream NDIS services and are open to setting up new ones for interested customers and families.”
“We also offer an Intensive Support Model for behavioural and forensically complex customers, formerly known as CJP.”
“Community involvement is also really important to the development of the people in our care and the friendships they form help to build their socialisation and conversational skills. We run lots of events on the property to celebrate significant dates throughout the year and invite community members to attend.”
“The local Woy Woy Peninsula Community Garden has made their facilities more accessible so that our residents can attend their working bees and spend time in the garden which is fantastic,” said Jodie.
As a way of giving back to the community, the service also runs a greyhound fostering program with a local animal rescue organisation and sponsor the Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s nippers program for children with a disability.
“We’re able to provide our customers with assistance to live a great quality of life and it feels like a blessing to come to work each day,” said Jodie.