Jim T. had been an active and sociable Manly resident for more than 30 years. However as his physical health declined, he became socially isolated because he could no longer manage the 45 steps leading to his home unit. Jim came to rely entirely on home deliveries of food and groceries because he could not get out; he lost his once lively connection with the community and the activities he had once enjoyed.
Following Jim’s admission to Manly Hospital for treatment of a serious infection, his condition and living situation so concerned the hospital team members that they recommended he move directly to an aged care facility. A process was also commenced to appoint a guardian to take over all decision-making on Jim’s health care, finances and other personal affairs.
CCNB supported Jim:
- With case management that identified, secured and coordinated support services to help him continue to live well at home. He receives case management under the Community Options Program (COP) which provides support for older people, people with a disability and their carers. (COP is funded through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program by the Federal and State Governments.
- Prepare a care plan that took into account his requirements, goals and financial needs.
- Sort and rearrange the contents of his home unit for greater ease of movement, safety and convenience.
- Engage live-in carers.
- Arrange private physiotherapy.
- Attend health appointments.
- Register with Sydney Home Nursing to monitor his Type 2 diabetes.
Steadily, over a period of a year, Jim became stronger and more agile – as well as more focused and alert. Whereas he once required two people to physically support him to walk out of his home unit, today he manages it with the assistance of a walking stick and just one care worker.
Jim is now socialising again twice a week through visits to a local social club where he enjoys singing, feeding the chickens and participating in excursions. He has even returned to swimming twice a week at Fairlight Pool.