Mack’s Singing In His New Shower
It’s the home modification that changed everything for music loving teenager, Mack!
They call him “Mr Music”; 16-year-old Mack loves all things music. This includes an amazing ability to answer all sorts of music trivia questions. From the Beatles to Aretha Franklin, ACDC and many more icons, there isn’t much that Mack doesn’t know about music. And now that Mack has new-found independence in his modified bathroom, he’s singing all his favourite tunes in the shower!
Mack, who lives with an intellectual disability, also enjoys watching his beloved Port Power AFL team, playing basketball, swimming in his pool and playing with his two Boxer dogs, Siren and Rebel.
Now that Mack is well into his teenage years, he was starting to feel the need for privacy when showering. However, this was not possible in the family’s bathroom, as he had to step into a bath to access the shower. His mum, Julie, needed to be there to help him balance and use the tap to get the water temperature right. Enter the NovitaTech team: occupational therapist Amanda Greb and Home Modifications specialist Ben Russell, who worked together to come up with a solution to make it possible for Mack to shower by himself.
The result has been nothing short of life-changing for not only Mack but Julie and the rest of the family. It’s certainly the shower that changed everything for Mack; he can now shower by himself, which includes getting the water temperature just how he wants it. It also takes the pressure off Julie needing to be there for every shower.
From the first time Mack used the modified shower, he said “I love Mack’s shower”. Now family and friends know it as just that. Julie says “It’s not the family’s shower – it’s Mack’s shower. It’s been an incredible confidence-booster for him and a great thing for all the family.”
Julie continues to explain “If I’m near the bathroom when it’s time for him to shower, Mack says ‘No mum – privacy!’. Now that he has realised he can do it by himself, he’s never going to let go of his independence!”
Many family members have visited just to get a look at Mack’s shower and celebrate with him because it’s such a wonderful thing for him and the entire family.
The NovitaTech Home Modifications team strives to deliver the best possible outcomes for clients and make the whole process easy and seamless for them. Julie can vouch for this and says “Every single person we dealt with throughout the process was beautiful. We just can’t speak highly enough of the service we received. The care and professionalism was incredible.”
Occupational therapist Amanda Greb is thrilled that the shower modification has supported Mack’s goal of showering independently, saying “Mack is a such a delight – always so happy and engaging. I speak on behalf of all the team when I say that we are thrilled and incredibly proud that he has achieved this goal and we feel privileged to have been able to deliver the bathroom modification for him and his family.”
NovitaTech Home Modifications
The NovitaTech Home Modifications team design and build accessible, functional and stylish home and building modifications to suit your needs. Our home modification specialists combine their expertise with that of the assessing therapist, with the aim of delivering the best possible outcome for the client and taking care of everything from start to finish.
We can visit your home, school or workplace or you can visit the NovitaTech store to check out assistive technology solutions in person. We also provide support with NDIS funding requirements.
Shower modifications are just the start – here are some more home modifications we can support you with:
- Height-adjustable benches, cupboards and tables
- Automatic door openers
- Home automation installation to control lights, electronics and blinds
- Hoist installation
- Grab rail and ramp installation
- Door widening