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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2010
Caring for our community
What were you doing at 7.30am this morning? Were you in the shower?
Planning your day over breakfast? Have you ever wondered what you
would do if you couldn’t have a shower, or make your breakfast? What
would happen if you fell ill and weren’t able to keep up with the washing
The answer might be Community Care. Community Care is a service
Council provides to people who need assistance in the home, to keep
Ever y day a small army of Community Care workers provide a range of
ser vices to people who are frail aged, just out of hospital, have limited
mobility, or a disability.
The range of ser vices offered include domestic assistance, such as cooking,
preparing meals, housework and shopping, to personal support such as
dressing, showering, medication prompts, assistance with exercises and
physiotherapy and help to and from bed. Community Care workers also
provide respite support to families of people with a disability or illness.
The service is much more than clinical. For many clients, the visit from their
Community Carer may be their only contact for the day or even week. For
many families, it may be the only opportunity parents have to take a break
from caring for a child with a disability.
Community Care is jointly funded by Council and the State Government, with
clients paying a small fee for some services. Residents seeking support can
self refer, or be referred by a family member, friend or GP. An assessment is
carried out to determine the level and appropriateness of care.
For more information on Community Care contact 5320 5670.
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A typical day for Faye might start at 7.30am when she’ll help a young
girl with a physical disability in and out of the shower, while her busy
parents get ready for work. By 8.10am she is prompting an older lady to
take her daily medication and enjoying the lady’s story of her daughter’s
visit over the weekend. At 8.45am she is dropping a child off at the
Special School, followed by an hour and half of domestic assistance
and at 10.45am she is off to help a young man through his daily physio
at the Queen Elizabeth Centre. This is followed by some shopping for
an elderly gentleman and then another hour of domestic assistance
for a young mother just out of hospital after a back injury.
That night at home, Faye thinks of all the people she has helped through
the day. “It’s amazingly rewarding, to know I am
helping people stay in their homes, when
the alternative might be a nursing home
or longer in hospital.”
“It’s a great job. We are always
learning something new, being
trained to provide a new service
and it’s a really nice way to give
back to the community, while
working flexible hours.”
Above: City of Ballarat Community Care workers Jacqui and Faye assisting a client
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