~ RESPITE ~
Dot was cared for at home all the time but towards the end, it was necessary for me to have surgery.
I was surprised to learn of 'Araluen' operated by Centacare and when I went through the house,
Centacare's ~ Brisbane North Network
Carer Support: Margaret and Paul O’Hare
** Two residences that are part of Centacare’s Brisbane North Network are offering carers of ageing loved ones flexible and creative respite options.
** The homely environments of Araluen Place in McDowall and Pechey Place in Carseldine
** Araluen Place, managed by Centacare Enoggera Respite Centre (C-ERC),
** C-ERC service manager Ann Donaghy stresses the uniqueness of Araluen Place
** The person visiting is offered a professional 24-hour standard of care and accommodation
**Recreational programs and outings are prepared from guests’ interests
** Araluen’s multicultural dedicated team of staff are fully trained in dementia care and available 24 hours.
**The five-bedroom residence is dementia secure and can accommodate four guests
** “It’s one-to-one care and there’s always something visual and interesting happening around our guests,”
** Margaret O’Hare, who has been caring for husband Paul, 77, for the past four years,
** Paul, who has dementia, had previously been to respite in aged care homes
** “He was very unhappy there ... he said everyone was very old and there was nothing to do.
** “I do need to get a break sometimes, and so I was delighted to hear about Araluen Place.
** “Every person we came across there was beautiful and caring and couldn’t do enough for Paul.
** “The break made me feel so much better.”
** Currently Araluen Place receives no designated government funding
** “We are grateful for this support because we see the difference it makes to the lives of individuals and their carers,” Ms Donaghy says.
** “No one is turned away and the service is tailored around the individual.”
** Managed by Aspley Respite Centre, Pechey Place is the “little gem” of all those involved in its establishment.
** The four-bedroom residence has been operating for five years and like Araluen Place excels in providing carers of older people and people living with dementia with a much needed break.
** Aspley Respite Centre service manager Elizabeth Steer says Pechey Place has made a difference to many carers by enabling them to take a holiday, attend a special function, have medical treatment
** “The moment their loved one enters the house they become our guest,” Ms Steer says.
** “Staff are present 24 hours a day providing support, care, great food and social activities
** “There’s a wonderful spirit in the house and this is evident by the many positive comments we receive from carers and guests.”
** Pechey Place can accommodate three guests and a fourth in an emergency for stays
** For more information on Araluen Place ph Centacare Enoggera Respite Centre on (07) 3354 0999.
** For more information on Pechey Place ph Centacare Aspley Respite Centre on (07) 3263 3129.
For full details of Centacare programmes: http://www.centacarebrisbane.net.au/news/story.php?Item_Id=393