Our self-management and
person-centred practices positively influenced how we responded to everyone’s
wellbeing over the time we all had to stay at home. We were able to rapidly pull together a cross
organisation team to focus on health and safety issues relating to
Covid-19. Having the perspectives of
team members from a variety of roles resulted in effective planning, ensuring
that we addressed all issues as we went through the alert levels. Having one-page profiles for everyone in the
organisation meant we knew what was important to each person and how best to
support each other.
Our teams have built up effective
ways of working together and they quickly rallied together, to check in with
people and families to work out just enough support for people to feel safe and
supported while at home during this time.
Because various forms of virtual
support took place over this time team members reported that they were spending
a lot of time talking with people and families and relationships deepened.
We set up a “Options at Home”
Facebook group that was open to everyone connected to Options, including
families, friends and this continues to provide a space for sharing stories and
opportunities for connecting. With a grant from MSD we set up a chrome book
library and enabled people to connect with family and friends. We also offered
a variety of activities over zoom-connecting people with similar passions and
interests, including relaxation groups, “Bloke’s Chat” , coffee group and goal
planning workshops (GROW) to assist people to self-create steps to achieve
their goal, making the most of peer support and their own resources.
Over the past month we have been
gathering with people to share stories about what we did differently, what we
learnt and what new things we want to keep doing, including how Options offers
support to people. We will have our
findings ready in August to share and figure out our next steps.
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