Happy haven each day

Cen­tre spreads the word

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - SENIORS SPECIAL -

GLENGREY House is an adult day respite cen­tre, pro­vid­ing ser­vices to frail, aged peo­ple and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and their car­ers liv­ing in the Der­went Val­ley.

The cen­tre has been in­volved in sev­eral sem­i­nars and ex­pos dur­ing the year, with the aged and com­mu­nity ser­vices health expo in June help­ing raise aware­ness of the ser­vices the cen­tre pro­vides.

Glengrey House also took part in a spe­cial fo­rum yesterday at the New Nor­folk RSL which it hopes will be the first of many to help reach out to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who may not be aware of ser­vices it pro­vides.

The clients and car­ers are sup­ported by two qual­i­fied staff mem­bers and two vol­un­teers – Krysia Ward is the co­or­di­na­tor and Al­li­son Treloar is the ac­tiv­i­ties of­fi­cer. Vicky Slater and Wendy Row­lands are the vol­un­teers.

Mrs Ward said the ex­pos had served as a great launch­ing plat­form for the cen­tre across the Der­went Val­ley.

“We al­ways en­cour­age peo­ple to come along and see what we pro­vide and the ex­pos and sem­i­nars have re­ally ex­tended that out there,” she said.

Funded through the fed­eral Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices and the state Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, and spon­sored by the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil, Glengrey House has been op­er­at­ing from its Grey St premises for the past 26 years, of­fer­ing ser­vices to dif­fer­ent groups.

For clients, it is a so­cial out­let that pro­vides a sense of be­long­ing to the com­mu­nity.

There is an ed­u­ca­tional com­po­nent, al­low­ing old skills to re-emerge and new skills to be aimed for, a chance to share ex­pe­ri­ences and adopt the healthy lifestyle pro­moted at Glengrey House.

For car­ers, it of­fers a daily respite from their im­por­tant work, a chance to “recharge the bat­ter­ies’’ and to do what they want, know­ing their car­ing role can be trans­ferred to some­body else for the day.

Glengrey House of­fers daily respite, home-cooked mid­day meals, morn­ing and af­ter­noon teas, trans­port to and from the cen­tre (be­tween Gran­ton and May­dena), a huge range of ac­tiv­i­ties, weekly out­ings and an an­nual trip.

It has a homely, wel­com­ing feel and clients find it easy to re­lax and join in with ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing games, gar­den­ing, re­lax­ation and gen­tle ex­er­cises, craft, mu­sic, cards, bingo, eightball, darts, theme and cel­e­bra­tion days, coun­selling and much more.

A re­cent ad­di­tion has been the gar­den art cre­ated by clients, with amaz­ing home­made mush­room stat­ues tak­ing cen­tre stage in the lovely gar­den.

Glengrey can sup­port up to 10 peo­ple each day. It opens from 9am to 4.30pm Mon­day to Thurs­days. A com­mu­nity bus of­fers pick-ups and out­ings, which in­clude lunch, pic­nics and per­sonal shop­ping. New vol­un­teers are al­ways welcome. Con­tact Glengrey House on 6261 8555 for place­ment or to be­come a vol­un­teer.

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