UnitingCare Ageing Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan clients will now be able to travel in style to and from the service, thanks to the delivery of a new Toyota Hiace mini-bus. The mini-bus, which was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, was welcomed by clients, carers, volunteers, staff and representatives from Queanbeyan Uniting Church for the first time when it arrived at Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan on Tuesday 8 April 2014.
UnitingCare Ageing commenced providing services at Queanbeyan from 1 July 2013 in partnership with Queanbeyan Uniting Church, using the Healthy Living for Seniors model, which focuses on providing clients with information, care and support to help them maintain social connections and improve their health, wellbeing, independence and quality of life.
“The new mini-bus will support the Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan program by providing transport for clients to and from Queanbeyan Uniting Church, where they can participate in a range of activities that respond to their individual goals,” said UnitingCare Ageing Community Operations Manager West South Elaine Goddard.
The mini-bus was launched by Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan client Norma Ferguson, who cut the ribbon and received the keys on behalf of the other clients. A morning tea was held to celebrate, with Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan client Carmella Gelenscer cutting a special cake to mark the occasion.
The mini-bus has been well received, particularly by clients who live on properties just outside of Queanbeyan, because it will make travelling to and from the service much easier.
“The new mini-bus represents a dedicated, reliable, comfortable and sustainable service for clients and carers of our Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan program, and will enhance access to our services, particularly for people who live on the rural outskirts of Queanbeyan,” said Ms Goddard.
Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan is continuing to grow in response to the needs of the Queanbeyan community, thanks to the strong collaborative partnership between UnitingCare Ageing and Queanbeyan Uniting Church.
“The support of Queanbeyan Uniting Church for the delivery of our Healthy Living for Seniors program has been invaluable. On behalf of UnitingCare Ageing I would like to thank the Queanbeyan Uniting Church community for their ongoing support and we look forward to continuing to work with seniors and family members, the Queanbeyan Uniting Church and the local community, into the future,” said Ms Goddard.
Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan offers social activities and individual support to assist people to participate in community life; day programs; respite care to assist carers supporting an older person and people living with a disability to live in their home, and community and in-home support for people with high support needs who use a number of support services. For more information about Healthy Living for Seniors Queanbeyan please call 1800 486 484 or visit www.unitingcareageing.org.au.