Lions celebrate 20 years’ home care
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.