Home Care Package Level 1 - Doreen
Doreen, 67, “If it wasn’t for St Louis, I wouldn’t be in my own home”
Doreen, 67, is originally from the South East farming regions of South Australia and moved to Strathalbyn, after being widowed five years earlier and deciding to downsize. She was always a keen gardener, involved in local community and sporting groups, and enjoyed an active and social lifestyle.
Even though she was always active and capable, settling into her new community was challenging and she was beginning to feel socially isolated. It was also affecting the things she was enthusiastic about, such as her gardening and cooking.
Her other concern was that her gardening was more tiring than she expected, bending down and standing up was getting harder. As a keen gardener with a sense of pride about her creations, spending time in a place she once found a sanctuary was taking a physical toll.
Lacking the support structure she once had was starting to create a lack of confidence which was not normal for her. It was time to do something about it and seek assistance.
How did St Louis help Doreen?
We worked with Doreen and created her home care package together. Level 1 packages offer 2-3 hours a week of care, so her home care package is focused on delivering to her main priorities:
- Doreen goes on St Louis’ regular bus trips for lunches and general outings and she has met new people in her community.
- One of our handymen raised her garden beds so that she no longer has to bend down in the garden, hurting her back and knees.
- We also assist her with fortnightly house cleaning.
How is Doreen today with a home care package?
She is now feeling more connected to her local community and has made some new friends. She loves getting into her garden again and seeing her tomatoes growing, and there are plenty to make home-made sauce with. She pops them on her window sill to ripen and enjoys their sweet taste even more, after all, that is the ideal way to eat tomatoes, room temperature and ripe!
Since she started receiving some home care support with St Louis, she feels like she has family around again with our caring support structure. She feels safe in her home knowing that help is only a phone call away.
In her words “If it wasn’t for St Louis, I wouldn’t be in my own home”.
What do I do next?
We offer private home care and government funded home care packages. Call St Louis Home Care on 08 8332 0950 to discuss your needs. You may need to book in for an ACAT Assessment to begin the home care package application process. We are here to help and will guide you through this process.