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Edna, 94, commenced a Home Care Package with Churches of Christ’s Care Community Care Hervey Bay service in May 2017.
Service Manager Karen Lee said that Edna had recently lost her husband and had become quite withdrawn, choosing to stay in her room most of the time.
“We looked at Edna’s five essential needs from our Positive Wellbeing Model of Care, taking into consideration her comfort, inclusion, occupation, identity and attachment. Through this we learnt a lot about Edna and her life,” Ms Lee said.
Edna’s family determined that if a community care worker was able to take her out once a week, they could attend to the groceries and other chores. In-home respite was planned with a focus to simply get Edna to come out of her room and enjoy a meal.
“After a short time, Edna asked her carer to take her outdoors ... that is when things started to change, and Edna’s Excellent Adventures began,” she said.
“These days it’s hard to find Edna at home. Her weekly outings have included a visit to Snakes Down Under in Childers, where she got up close and personal with blue tongue lizards, turtles, crocodiles and snakes; followed by a Childers famous Mamino ice cream.
“She has also enjoyed a day out cruising Hervey Bay on a motor Trike from My Trike, and fish and chips by the water.”
Each Thursday, Edna enjoys a four hour adventure to a new destination. With each adventure Edna becomes happier and livelier. Just a few months after that first swing in the park, there have been noticeable changes.
“She is much happier living with her daughter and comes out of her room more often, openly engaging in conversation and talking about her adventures. Her memory has improved, she has regained a sense of purpose, and looks forward to her outings. Her family say that she has been to more places than them, and it is making them realise they need to do the same.”
Ms Lee also said that through the outings, Edna’s healthy appetite has returned and she has gained weight, and her mobility has improved, so much so that she doesn’t need any walking aides, other than the support of her care worker.
“She pops in to see the office staff, and likes to put faces to names. She is much more engaged in conversations with the staff and her family, and is happy to go with any care worker to enjoy her new lease on life.”
If you or someone you know could benefit from help around the home or getting out and about, a Home Care Package can make an incredible difference. To learn more about the services we offer, visit www.cofc.com.au/seniorslifestyles or call us today 1800 772 011.
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