Home sup­port for all se­niors

Southern Riverina news - - NSW SENIORS FESTIVAL 2019 -

As peo­ple get older, In­tereach un­der­stands how im­por­tant it is for them to stay liv­ing in their own home and ac­tive in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

With a small amount of sup­port, many lo­cal peo­ple choose to live hap­pily at home for many years past their re­tire­ment.

But at times it can be hard to un­der­stand what sup­port ser­vices are avail­able, how much the sup­port may cost, and know­ing where to start.

In­tereach staff are friendly, well-trained and avail­able to help ex­plain the sup­port that is avail­able and the steps in­volved in get­ting started. Staff take the time to un­der­stand a per­son’s life sit­u­a­tion and pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to as­sist a per­son to link in with the rel­e­vant ser­vices that are re­quired.

Some of the ser­vices avail­able are respite care when your carer needs a break, per­sonal care such as help get­ting dressed, transport to so­cial events or med­i­cal ap­point­ments, mod­i­fi­ca­tions to your home such as handrails or ramps, meals or house­hold jobs such as clean­ing or gar­den­ing, ac­cess to so­cial groups as well as pro­vid­ing ac­cess to equip­ment like walk­ing frames.

In­tereach staff can also pro­vide sup­port to ac­cess My Aged Care, along with the process of be­com­ing reg­is­tered and as­sessed if re­quired.

All sup­port is flex­i­ble, af­ford­able and de­signed to suit the life­style of the per­son aged over 65.

In­tereach CEO Keryn Fox said it’s so im­por­tant for older peo­ple in the south­ern Rive­rina to stay liv­ing in their own home and in­de­pen­dent for as long as they want.

‘‘In­tereach pro­vides the sup­port that helps them stay safe at home and in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

A long-es­tab­lished lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion, In­tereach has been work­ing in the re­gion since 1973 and is a not-for-profit com­mu­nity-based provider of ser­vices to re­gional, ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion now has 15 of­fices across NSW and Vic­to­ria - in­clud­ing an of­fice in Fin­ley - and more than 350 staff.

The Fin­ley In­tereach of­fice is lo­cated at 1/144 Mur­ray St (Newell Hwy). The In­tereach Com­mu­nity Sup­port team can be con­tacted on 1300 488 226.

In­tereach Com­mu­nity Sup­port care co­or­di­na­tor Te­nille Blake (sec­ond from left) with ther­a­peu­tic ex­er­cise group mem­bers (from left) Pauline Ed­wards, Barb White, Mar­i­lyn Farrell and Alma Everitt.

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