Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall (centre) enjoys a break in the new Inverell HSP Courtyard with service coordinator Sandy Jeffrey and Chairperson Margaret Lenord.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
INVERELL’S senior citizens and residents with a disability can look forward to receive community support in a higher standard of comfort, with Inverell Home Support Program now boasting a ‘Queenslander’ style courtyard thanks to $30,000 of NSW Government support.
The recently completed upgrades have installed a new roof and windows to ensure moderate temperatures in all seasons, while blocking dust, dirt and noise from nearby roads.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall recently shared tea and cake in the courtyard with community carers and volunteers and said the space was a “vast improvement” on the original.
“While the old courtyard was hot, dusty and loud, Inverell HSP now has an insulated oasis of calm and comfort right in the middle of town,” Mr Marshall said.
“The new room is quiet, several degrees cooler, and improves the atmosphere of the entire building.
“For the first time, staff can use the upgraded courtyard 12 months a year to provide support programs, hold functions, entertain clients and train up new volunteers.
“Clients with dementia in particular require a level of comfort and quiet, and these upgrades will ensure their needs are met while attending social events or waiting for community transport.
“Inverell Home Support Program is an invaluable social support outlet for over 1000 people in the region, providing assistance for the aged and people with disabilities who chose to live in their own home.
“These upgrades will support their good work – allowing them to attract more volunteers and ensuring clients are comfortable at all times.”
Dementia and Carer Support Co-ordinator Sandy Jeffrey said the service had already started a popular new program thanks to the new courtyard.
“We’ve started up another ladies social support group – catering to women over 65 that are still active and social,” Ms Jeffrey said.
“It’s made a huge difference for new and existing services, particularly for clients with dementia. It’s essential to have a retreat where they can get away for some peace and quiet.”