Roadshow helps aged live full lives

Approximately 90 Dubbo residents attended an inaugural roadshow on Tuesday, to find out more information on local aged care support services available to them.

Held at the Dubbo RSL by specialist health service integratedliving, The Age Well Roadshow is designed for people who are new to aged care.

The Roadshow featured presentations about the physical and emotional changes that happen as people age. It also featured details on what services integratedliving can offer to help people live full and independent lives.

integratedliving chief operating officer Steven Gill said the Dubbo event was the first of the organisation's Roadshows that is being rolled out across Australia.

“We provide services from Cairns in the north, down to Hobart in the south and across all regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and Tasmania,” he said.

Mr Gill said the Dubbo Roadshow was about showcasing the programs and services that integratedliving  has to offer. Some of the topics of the day included supporting people living at home and wellness programs. He said it was important to support people living at home so people can remain at home in comfortable surrounds.

“And to remove the need for them to enter residential aged car facilities. It’s a big issue,” he said.

“Many people want to remain at home and quite often remain at home until end of life. And with the support of our allied health and nursing services we’re able to help with that.”

integratedliving CEO Catherine Daley said they’re focused on addressing the challenges experienced by older people in rural, regional and remote communities to live full and independent lives.

“We understand that living in country communities pose unique challenges to people to accessing the health and wellbeing supports they need to stay living in their own homes and remaining active in their community,” she said.

“The Age Well Roadshows are a way that we can showcase the support available and let people know how they can access services.”

Ms Daley said they find people often enquire about aged care support but find the process of getting it put in place quite daunting.

“There is also a misconception that aged care services are only for the very frail or ill,” she said.

“Our expert staff are there to help new customers get exactly the support they need as quickly as possible, and assist people who are well and active, stay that way.”