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Family support: Gordon and Rose’s story

Jan 10, 2022

Gordon and Maureen Riley chose to access services with CBS at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of lightening the load at home so they could enjoy more free time. The meal delivery program took some of the stress out of day to day life and ensured they were receiving great nutrition and variation in their meals.

Sadly Maureen passed away last year but Gordon kept up the meal deliveries and has since signed up for a number of other CBS programs to keep himself active and engaged. Inspired by her father, daughter Rose decided it was time to try something new and opted in for programs with a social element.

Gordon receives domestic assistance, spring cleaning and garden maintenance support at home which allows he and Rose to maintain their independence and focus on other ways of keeping fit, healthy and active in their community. They both attend the Ageing Backwards movement program in Blackman’s Bay citing its importance for “strengthening and good basic exercise”.

The highlight for both Gordon and Rose is the social hubs, particularly the outings which Rose speaks of fondly saying “We’ve been out to see lots of different places, beautiful places and the workers are very caring”. She especially enjoyed scenic trips to Mount Field National Park and Port Arthur. The Rileys have enjoyed another important aspect of the social hubs, making new friends on the outings and lunch trips. Rose, knowing what it feels like to be a newcomer,  makes a special effort to welcome new people so they feel included when joining the hubs for the first time.

The home-based support the Rileys receive enables them to focus on more personal goals like spending time with family, looking after Gordon’s grandchildren and keeping fit as well as enjoying additional social support.

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