Lions cel­e­brate 20 years’ home care

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

TWENTY years ago the Biggen­den Lions Club took on board a project to en­able el­derly res­i­dents to re­ceive care while con­tin­u­ing to live in their own homes.

Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer Chris­tine Holder said it was Biggen­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre’s Dr Peter Miller who had the fore­sight to recog­nise that the town needed such a ser­vice.

Med­i­cal Cen­tre em­ployee at that time Barb Nel­son re­mem­bers this par­tic­u­lar Fri­day she was to go on

Barb Nel­son: It was a rather un­for­get­table day as the dead­line was the fol­low­ing week

hol­i­days while Dr Miller was on leave when all this pa­per­work came through via the fax and had to be filled in.

“It was a rather un­for­get­table day as the dead­line was the fol­low­ing week,” she said.

Mrs Holder said the first co-or­di­na­tor was Ms Jo Ben­nett who set up an of­fice in the front room of the QCWA Rooms.

Since then the of­fice has moved to the for­mer court­house room at the Biggen­den Po­lice Sta­tion and now is housed at Biggen­den Place.

“Since then the Biggen­den Lions Com­mu­nity Aged Care Ser­vice has looked af­ter more than 60 clients who have been looked af­ter in their own homes with­out hav­ing to go into care.

“This project was a first for any Lions Club across the coun­try and in 2012 re­ceived the District Gov­er­nors award for project of the year.”

Last week Biggen­den Lions Club mem­bers, aged care staff, car­ers and clients cel­e­brated the oc­ca­sion with a spe­cial an­niver­sary cake in pride of place.

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