We use a positive behaviour model of support. This is scientifically proven to support people who use challenging behaviour.
Positive behaviour support is not totally focused on stopping challenging behaviour. Rather, it’s based around understanding why a person needs to engage in challenging behaviour.
To support people positively we do three related things:
These three things help to improve the person’s quality of life and reduce the need to use challenging behaviour to have their needs met.
In September 2016 I was delighted to be appointed to the new role of Manager - Positive Behaviour Support.
My main focus is promoting and implementing positive behaviour support principles across the business.
- educating staff, participants, their families and the broader community about positive behaviour support
- liaising with external experts
- setting up protocols for the organisation
- designing, putting in place, monitoring and evaluating behaviour management plans
- minimising restrictive practices
- providing specialised advice in the case of serious or ongoing behaviour incidents.
Positive behaviour support is an area I’m passionate about and I’m really pleased to be able to bring my interest and expertise in this area to Li-Ve Tasmania.
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A number of people we support are living with dementia. Our specialist support:
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For more than a decade, Li-Ve Tasmania has enjoyed a particular focus on supporting those living with acquired brain injury (ABI).
2005 – we established a dedicated acquired brain injury unit within Oakdale Lodge.
2006 – began providing in home support to several individuals living with ABI.
2010 – we acquired a two-bedroom unit in the Hobart area, and this site is dedicated to providing respite and transition services to people with acquired brain injury.
2011 – we set up an in-home support service.
2016 – we took over Tasmanian Acquired Brain Injury Services Inc. (TABIS).
On 1 August, Li-Ve Tasmania joined forces with TABIS. Both organisations are delighted that TABIS – Tasmania’s only dedicated service provider for people living with acquired brain injury – now operates as a division of Li-Ve Tasmania.
The merger means a single larger, stronger and more sustainable organisation. This is a win for Tasmanians living with disability – especially those living with acquired brain injury. Find out more about TABIS.
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In an Australian first, we have undertaken two years of ground-breaking research focusing on end-of-life care for people with disability. The project is attracting international attention.
Until now, Tasmanian’s with a disability haven’t generally been encouraged to participate in planning their own end-of-life care. Many have never been asked how they feel or what they want.
If not with their family members, people with disability are often supported in their homes by staff who know their routines, needs, fears and preferences.
However, Li-Ve Tasmania has discovered that if they are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, many people living with disability are moved out of their homes and away from the people they feel safest with. At a time when they need comfort and familiarity more than ever, this represents a huge disruption in their final days and can be confusing, frightening and traumatic.
Using a grant from the Palliative Care Tasmania and Better Access to Palliative Care, we talked to people with disability; their friends and family; and other service providers. We asked them about death, dying and end-of-life care. It became clear that they want to have a say.
In Australia, Li-Ve Tasmania is creating a leading edge blueprint to help disability service providers understand their roles in this area, the services available and the pathways to access these; and what best practice looks like.
Dying can be an uncomfortable topic. But we are committed to generating a systemic shift across the state and across sectors by providing a voice for people living with disability. That is why our outcomes are creating interest, globally.
Our work will keep the end-of-life conversation active and relevant; form the basis of long-term quality improvement strategies; and provide opportunities for organisations to share knowledge and resources – and commit to enhancing the life and death experiences of the people we support.