Stay mobile – it’s a key to being young

Published: 14 Jun 2023

Andrew Phillips is now going everywhere he wants to go thanks to a four-wheel walker purchased through his Home Care package.

Prior to getting the four-wheel walker from Aidacare, Coffs Harbour, Mr Phillips was confining himself to his house.

“Andrew had almost stopped exercising and walking altogether, basically confining himself to the house,” Andrew’s wife, Linda Phillips said.

“He was getting out about once a week to the shops using a walking stick for an aid. He had to stop and catch his breath, or sit for a while after dizzy spells.

“Now with the aid of his red, wheely walker, we are going out every day. We go to the Coffs Harbour jetty precinct and to the shopping centres, it’s just great.

“He’s become a happier man with his newfound freedom.”

Numerous aids exist to assist mature people to stay mobile and much of the equipment can be gained through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme or a Home Care package following an assessment from the Australian Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team.

NVC Group Home & Community Care Manager Jacqueline Wills and her team helped Mr Phillips choose the right assistance aid for him.

“Our Community Team’s care staff were so pleased to be able to assist Andrew to have greater independence and an improved quality of life,” Ms Wills said.

“Accessing support aids like crutches, walkers and even larger equipment like mechanical bed-lifters can be accessed through the Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Programme or a Home Care package.

“Many people don’t realise they may be eligible for such support aids, so if you are living independently and are having any mobility issues, I really encourage you to contact My Aged Care and find out if you are eligible for assistance today.”

The Australian Government’s My Aged Care team can be contacted on 1800 200 422 or by visiting the department’s website here. There are also dedicated Aged Care Specialists at local Services Australia offices in both Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour. To book an appointment with an Aged Care Specialist contact 1800 227 475.

NVC Group is a community owned and operated organisation delivering home care services to senior residents on the Mid North Coast from Coffs Harbour to Kempsey.

For more information on NVC Group’s services contact (02) 6598 5000 or visit the Home Care section of our website here.

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