In the news – Ian’s story, preventing social isolation in the Rocky community

21 October 2014

Ian is just one of the many clients that benefit from a visit by one of our carers from the PresCare Community Care office in Rockhampton each week.

A car accident 40 years ago left Ian with a brain injury and unable to perform simple everyday tasks that we take for granted.

At 76, Ian lives alone in a retirement village and has no family or friends in the Rockhampton area so it goes without saying that Ian looks forward to a PresCare carer visiting him each week to take him shopping and to appointments.   However, it’s not all about stocking up on groceries for the week and visiting the bank. Each week PresCare takes Ian to visit the riverbank or for a cuppa at the local coffee shop for a sit down and a chat.

Local PresCare client service officer, Jess remembers when Ian first started receiving support from PresCare.

“When Ian started with us he didn’t have the cleaning products our carers needed to provide domestic care to him, so I got in contact with his Public Trust Manager to arrange for funds to cover the costs of cleaning products such as a vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket,” says Jess.

“He was over the moon when he found that we could help him in this very small way.”

Recently another social outlet for Ian has opened up with PresCare local pastoral carer, Chris Pengelly creating a Men’s Shed for community clients to come together to tinker, work on projects and socialise. Ian is now attending on a regular basis.