Mildura Weekly : Friday May 6 Vol 10 No 26
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU WENTWORTH’S elderly residents will now have access to more sup- port thanks to the addition of four new Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) beds at Went- worth Health Service. Officially unveiled earlier this week, the new TACP facilities will provide older patients recovering from a hospital stay more time in a supported environment to complete their recovery, while also aiming to improve their in- dependence. The four-bed service will be provided in the Transitional Aged Care Wing of Wentworth Health Service in “a home-like environ- ment,” and will also feature a re- furbished kitchenette, dining and lounge area. “The new facilities will help patients improve their functional- ity, while also allowing more time to make decisions about their long-term care arrangements,” Wentworth Health Service man- ager Karen Behsmann said. “There has been a recognised need for people coming back from hospitals in Mildura, and even from Melbourne and Ade- laide, to have access to a bit more recovery time before they head home,” she said. “These new facilities will al- low for up to 12 weeks of addi- tional recovery time, with the av- erage length of stay around seven weeks. “It all depends on each pa- tient’s goals, which they set out before they arrive and steadily work towards. “Our aim is to get patients to their optimum capacity so that they can return home quicker, or if it’s found that they might not be able to reach those goals, get them to the required capacity to get them into a nursing home.” Ms Behsmann said that an- other aim of the TACP facili- ties was to enable patients to be closer to their families while they recover. “We also encourage families to come in and help their loved ones out,” she said. Far West Local Health Dis- trict Lower Western Sector general manager, Dale Sutton, said the group was pleased to bring the additional service to Wentworth’s aged community. “This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with the aim to provide all patients with an opportunity to improve their independence following a stay in hospital,” she said. “It is the first time we have offered TACP beds at Wentworth Health Service, and we are confi- dent that it will result in positive outcomes for patients who access the program. “Patients who agree to enter the program will be asked to agree to work on goals for their recov- ery, and these will be formulated between the client and the multi- disciplinary TACP team. “All the staff will then assist the client to achieve their goals and independence for when they return home.” Depending on level of need, TACP patients may receive nursing support and low intensity therapy (such as physiotherapy and occu- pational therapy) to improve and maintain physical and mental ca- pacity and their independence. Personal care and assistance in daily living may also be provid- ed, along with case management including linking the patient to community supports and services. This may also include helping patients find preferred residential care. “We hope the new service will be embraced by our aged clients, who will benefit from an ongoing restorative care program follow- ing a stay in hospital,” Ms Sutton said. More information about TACP is available by contacting Ms Behsmann on 5027 2345. TACP will benefit Wentworth’s elderly, claims Health Service • UNVEILED: Wentworth Health Service manager, Karen Behsmann, is excited to see the group’s new Transitional Aged Care Program (TACP) facilities, ABOVE and INSET, finally open and ready for use. The facilities are designed to provide Wentworth’s elderly with more recovery time following a hospital stay. Disability group has welcome funding ‘win’ SUNRAYSIA Disability Group has been re- vealed as the latest recipient of funding un- der Round One of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP). Close to $8000 has been allocated to the group to purchase computers and new sig- nage as part of the initiative. “This is a worthwhile project that will deliver benefits to existing and new clients of the Sunraysia Disability Group,” Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad, said. “The funding will support the purchase of new computers and new signage to make the Centre easier for clients to locate. “The service already has a proven record for providing successful computer classes for seniors and people with disabilities, and with updated technology the Centre will be able to continue and expand their classes, helping people to learn computer basics and resolve computer problems. “Computers and the internet are a part of everyday life now, and I commend the Sunraysia Disability Group for giving peo- ple, who otherwise may not be able to access the online world, the skills and technology to do so. “This is precisely the kind of initiative that the SCP seeks to support and the Sun- raysia Disability Group submitted a quality application and is thoroughly deserving of the funding.” 5023 2336 32 Langtree Ave Mildura | Open 7 Days ON LANGTREE a fresh app roach to food LUNCHES FROM $15 Phone: 5070 0056 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Open: Monday - Friday 7am-6:30pm | Saturday 7am-3pm Address: 112a Langtree Avenue, Mildura 1kg Bertocchi Bacon & A Dozen Eggs $899kg $9 Rolled Beef, Lamb & Pork Present this coupon for a special price of Present this coupon for a special price of ONLY $10 ONLY $9.99kg Specials Friday - Saturday Specials Friday - Saturday Specials Frid SPOIL MUM THIS MOTHER’S DAY!
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