After a busy life on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, Wilhelmina moved with her husband Gordon to Warracknabeal, north of Horsham.
As the couple settled into their new home, their health began to present challenges to everyday life.
“I started to get more and more impaired health-wise with arthritis. I’ve got very bad Osteo in my spine which requires regular cortisone injections,” Wilhelmina said.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t look after the house anymore, so we decided to sell the house and move into a flat.”
Wilhelmina learnt about how Home Care Packages (HCP) provided Government-funded assistance to help older Australians live at home longer.
Packages can provide funding for activities like cleaning, gardening, personal care, transport assistance and other medical necessities.
Wilhelmina said assistance from her HCP helped the couple live their best life.
“It’s so important that at least your environment has some sort of order in it, especially as you get older,” she said.
“Three times a week I have somebody coming to help with the little things like ironing and washing and folding clothes.
“The taxis from Warracknabeal to Horsham to do shopping or go see my podiatrist or a specialist, that’s very important and the package pays for that – I couldn’t do without it.”
genU coordinates HCPs for people in Horsham, Wimmera and Grampians region, Colac, Warrnambool and south west region, Geelong, Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula area and in Adelaide, South Australia.
Wilhelmina said finding a case manager who understands your personal needs was a key consideration when considering a HCP.
“The house help is important but I also think that a case manager who understands your situation is very important – you can have the best package in the world, but if you have a lousy case manager then it’s not going to work,” she said.
genU is hosting a Home Care Packages Information Session at 88 Wilson Street, Horsham VIC on Tuesday 12 November between 11am and 12noon.