Shirley rediscovers her independence

Independence means the world to Rockhampton resident Shirley Andrews.

If not for the assistance of the CentacareCQ team, the Home Care Package client would not be able to remain living at home.

Photo: Shirley Andrews and CentacareCQ case manager Georgina Sutton are all smiles.

Earlier this year, Shirley was taken to hospital with a fractured hip after an accident in her bathroom.

During her recovery in hospital, she told her family that she would not be able to life safely and comfortably in her home without CentacareCQ’s assistance and care.

Meanwhile her Case Manager organised an Occupational Therapist from CQ Health to perform a home visit to check the rooms and implement rails along the wall of the bathroom and toilet.

I feel much safer at home now,” Shirley explained.

In addition to the new rails, Shirley has also acquired a new light-weight wheelie walker to move around the house with confidence.

Shirley said she had she had been a client of CentacareCQ since 2009 under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP); in 2017, she became a Level 4 Home Care Package client.

In a 12 month review, conducted by her dedicated case manager, Shirley explained how much she enjoyed the company of the staff who assisted her in her services.

Without them, I would not be able to remain at home,” she said.

Shirley said she received a range of services including domestic assistance, support services, home and yard maintenance and minor repairs.

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