Gosh, I suddenly realised the month is almost over, how did that happen? To be fair February is the shortest month! I think they stuck it near the beginning to make me panic about the year flying by too fast.

Over the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed an occasional peek at the Winter Olympic Games on TV. It's fun to watch and it's pretty impressive the amount of commitment and determination behind each and every individual who makes it to these games.
On the topic of commitment and determination, our Congratulations to Kristine Bartlett for becoming the ‘Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2018’. Kristine achieved the award for her tireless efforts in the campaign for pay equality for aged-care and support workers. I know she has been the first to say she wasn’t working alone, but she took on a cause over and above her own work and life commitments for the benefit of others, and deserves special recognition.

Three thoughts came to my mind when I first read about Kristine’s award. They were:
  1. Hurrah for the recognition!
  2. How is it that people in aged care services, who we so desperately need, are ever placed at New Zealand’s lowest levels of pay? How is it that it took a battle on the part of Kristine Bartlett to highlight this unacceptable situation? It took five years, 3 court cases and 2 appeals to achieve equal pay legislation. This wasn’t just a little office oversight. We honour Kristine for fighting this battle, but doesn’t it seem unbelievable that she had to?
  3. Anyone working as a rest home carer on minimum wage for 24 years has to be a very special person. Kristine has already been a New Zealander of the Year many times over to the numerous people she cares for and their families.
Change isn’t always a smooth process. There may be instances where new legislation cause problems, but with its foundation laid in fairness and decency we have hope any issues can be resolved. Congratulations to Kristine Bartlett, and Congratulations to all age care workers and support staff who improve the lives of the people they care for, and in doing so make New Zealand a better place.

All the best,
Julie

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Nuts and Bolts

Although a person with cognitive challenges may need specialised products, for some being asked to look at something that doesn't appear to have a purpose may seem demeaning. This can lead them to not want to interact, and withdraw from activities.

This personality may be able to relate more to something that appears authentic and adult, wood or metal for example. For someone who has worked with their hands in the past this nuts and bolts activity may be just the thing to grab their attention.

Matching and tightening the nuts is stimulating and great for retaining fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. The repetitive action of winding the nuts up and down can also have a calming effect on an individual.
We would advise you to keep the nuts screwed onto the bolts when not in use. But we know these things can disappear. We have recently added spare nuts to the website. These are $6.99 for a set of 4.
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