Having someone’s home as your workplace is challenging for both the person who lives there and the person who works there. Being the master of one’s home is crucial. At the same time, the person who is working there must feel that it is a good workplace with a good working environment, and that the work is rewarding. This requires mutual respect and trust. Communication is much more than just spoken words. Body language, tactility, interests, the atmosphere and one’s mood are all factors that could contribute to the achievement of good results.
It must be possible for LTMV users to participate in society in the same way as others. Treatment for respiratory failure does not prevent one from going to school, taking higher education or having a job. Personal interests and strength determines the extent of such participation. As an assistant, one shall help the user realise their needs, whether it’s a matter of going to a football match, visiting others, attending political meetings or going to the theatre. For some, it is important to make good food and find the perfect pairing wine, whilst for others it is important to go to the cinema or concerts. Through the video interviews with Øyvind, Jørgen, Vanja, the assistants, and friends and relatives, you learn what is important to them in the roles they have.
The main objective of this part of the online course is to point out the most important ways in which assistive respiratory devices can be correctly used when adapted to the needs of users in the broadest sense. Many users of assistive respiratory devices also need assistance when using the equipment and other forms of assistive technology.
‘Cooperating with others’ is about ensuring the best possible cooperation between the user and assistant or helper.