“Every single one of the girls who visit are an absolute pleasure,” says Air Force Memorial Estate resident Frances Anderson who has been a RAAFA Connect client for over 12 months.
“I’ve lived at Bull Creek for over 21 years and I love my home, I really am keen to stay living in it for as long as possible,” says the 95-year-old who moved into the estate back in 1998. “I’ve always loved it here and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Fran receives daily services from RAAFA Connect through DVA Community Services and she also has weekly domestic assistance from Veterans Home Care (VHC).
“The girls come in every morning and help me to shower, make my bed and wash any dishes,” explains Fran, who remains staunchly independent and is very proud to still be driving her car and picking up friends for their weekly Friday night at the club, whilst only a few years off her Centenary.
“I also have an amazing family, my daughter-in-law does lots of cooking for me and my son comes over once a week. Both of my children are amazing, and I also have a number of stepchildren, as well as eight grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
“My neighbours are also lovely, for instance the lady next door came over last week with home-made biscuits. I do feel fortunate; life has been very kind to me, and I wouldn’t have things any other way.”
Lorraine Sloan, Clinical Nurse Specialist at RAAFA Connect, explains that it was the ability of RAAFA Connect to join up the various services which could then be delivered by one team that has made the arrangement for Fran so successful.
“Just like Fran, if you live in your own home and require assistance to keep healthy and independent, RAAFA Connect can help with a range of supports,” explains Lorraine.
“Our aim is to provide seniors with the help they need in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, to optimise independence and safety.
“We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of our clients, and designing a personalised service that specifically suits their requirements and budget, and since launching the service we have had so many positive comments, so we know those who use our services are very satisfied.”
RAAFA Connect can be contacted on (08) 9288 8470 or via firstname.lastname@example.org