The Whiddon Group’s Home Independence Program is now open for business on the NSW North Coast, and is aimed at helping older people to live safely and independently in their own homes.

The program provides a broad range of services for clients, such as personal care assistance, housekeeping, home maintenance, home modifications, nursing care, transportation and meals.

“We understand that older people want to prevent entry to a retirement village or nursing home for as long as possible. Our program allows clients to remain in their own homes, retain connections with their friends and local community, and significantly enhance their quality of life,” said The Whiddon Group’s Director of Community Service, John Ashby.

“Our service is directed towards older people living at home who need some assistance to live independently. These people may be frail, recovering from injury or have recently returned home following surgery and are having difficulty managing daily living tasks.”

Eighty-six-year-old long-time Kyogle resident Betty Rolfe is currently benefiting from the Home Independence Program, which was organised for her through CACPs (a Federally funded community aged care package).

“I had a bad fall and needed to be hospitalised in Ballina. I am now home again, and very grateful for the care that I am receiving from the Whiddon Group. A nice girl comes to my home every morning to help me with showering and dressing, and someone also comes once a fortnight to do my housework for me,” Mrs Rolfe said.

“I am lucky to have my daughters living locally, which is very helpful, but I also greatly appreciate the help I receive from The Whiddon Group staff. Their assistance allows me to continue to live a normal life at home, and makes my day a lot easier. I am very happy to recommend them.”

Mr Ashby said: “The Home Independence Program was established to help older people regain their confidence and independence at home, and Betty is typical of many clients we have helped to get back on their feet following ill-health or an accident.”

Each client receives a care package that is tailored to their individual circumstances.

For more information about The Whiddon Groups Home Independence Program, telephone their hotline on 1300 738 388 during business hours.

• The Whiddon Group (formerly Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes of NSW) has provided residential care to the aged care sector in NSW for over 60 years.
• It is a not-for-profit organisation, founded on the values of respect, compassion, excellence and justice.
• The Whiddon Group name is synonymous with quality and innovation, and is recognised for its provision of health care excellence.
• Through the work of its caring and dedicated staff, the service provides comfort, security and dignity for its 1600 residential clients at 23 aged care facilities throughout metropolitan and regional NSW.
• In August 2007, The Whiddon Group expanded its residential care service to include a new Community Care component known as the Home Independence Program. The program echoes the Federal Governments philosophy that retaining older people at home for longer and delaying entry into a nursing home will significantly enhance their quality of life.
• The service aims to optimise the home care abilities of clients and encourages clients to learn new skills to enhance independence.

The program provides a large number of home care services including:
• Case management
• Personal care assistance
• Housekeeping tasks
• Home maintenance
• Home modifications
• Nursing care
• Daily living skills training
• Rehabilitation / physiotherapy
• Companion service
• The Home Independence Program is offered to elderly clients living at home who:
• Are frail, or have a degenerative condition / chronic illness and are experiencing difficulty managing daily living tasks
• Have recently returned home following surgery and require assistance
• Are recovering from an injury or accident
• The program is a full fee paying service with home care hourly rates commencing from $33 p/hr.
• Telephone Community Care on 1300 738 388 to find out more.