Caring For Our Elderly Community
At 80 years old, Mary moved to Bass Coast to be near family. She had been receiving home care in Melbourne and continued with Bass Coast Shire Council’s Home and Community Care (HACC) services at her new home. As Mary’s health declined, her family requested additional assistance so her wishes to remain at home could be fulfilled.
A Community Care Worker took Mary shopping each fortnight, with these shopping trips including visits to the library where she would borrow some of her favourite books, followed by a chat over a cup of coffee.
Further referrals were made to Bass Coast Health for District Nursing Services and Meals on Wheels. As time went on, Mary attended Council’s Planned Activity Group and enjoyed the company of both staff and other clients.
Mary achieved her dream of staying home in her old age and after six years living in Bass Coast, she quietly passed away.
Being able to remain in the comfort of their own homes as they grow older is so important to many of our community members, but unfortunately it isn’t always possible. Thanks to Council’s caring HACC staff, more people are able to remain independent, socially active and in their own homes rather than going into full time care.
Aged care services are particularly important in Bass Coast, with 16 per cent of our population aged over 70 years, compared to the State average of only 10 per cent. In 2014/15 alone, Community Care Workers provided 27,000 hours of home care to Bass Coast residents – but their support doesn’t end there.
Tom and Ethel lived in Bass Coast all their married lives. When Ethel went into a nursing home because of her dementia, Tom began receiving home care.
The Community Care Worker noted that Tom was only eating take away meals. When asked, he said that Ethel had always cooked and he didn’t really have a clue about how to cook for himself.
Tom was able to join a Cooking for One program run by the HACC Team where he learned all the basics and at the end of the program, announced he was ready to be on Master Chef! Tom was so happy to have learnt how to shop and cook nutritious meals for himself.
These stories demonstrate the care provided on an individual basis for our older residents to keep them safe, socially connected and comfortable at home.
The great work provided by Council’s HACC Team is widely praised by clients and our community. In addition to Home Care, the 73 part time and 5 full time staff members that make up the Team provided 6,500 hours of personal care; 2,700 hours of respite care; 1,400 hours of home maintenance; and 9,500 hours of Planned Activity Groups. A total of 5,600 hours of HACC Assessment was also delivered.
If you would like more information on our HACC services, please contact Council’s HACC Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.