Health and Wellbeing for Seniors at RSL Care

on the Friday, June 16, 2017

The weather may be cooling down but things are warming up in the RSL Care Fernhill Day Therapy Centre, the month of June is Health and Wellness month and the site is a buzz of activity. 

Clients and members of the Caboolture community have been participating in a range of different classes and programs aimed at improving health and wellbeing. 

The Day Therapy Centre offers respite services to the Caboolture community with a focus on keeping physically and mentally active, building and maintaining social relationships to reduce isolation plus advocacy for health and wellbeing. 

Diversional Therapist, Alma Massie runs the Day Therapy Centre where over 100 members of the Caboolture community visit each week.

“We have been doing a range of different activities this month including Falls Reduction Classes, Health Eating Demonstrations, Physiotherapist led Exercise Classes, Tai Chi, Dancing and have had guest speakers talk on a range of different topics,” Alma said.

“As people are choosing to stay in their homes for longer there is a growing need to educate and empower them to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing.”

Physiotherapist Julie Gardner runs the exercise classes with the clients of the Day Therapy Centre.

“They have a wide range of abilities and I can accommodate everyone in my classes, my eldest client is 91 years old and she is showing no sign of slowing down,” Julie said.

“Much of the work I do in physiotherapy is designed to keep people strong and healthy enough to stay in their own home.”

One of the most rewarding things the team members can hear is that a client has improved since visiting day respite. Families often report improvement in health and wellbeing, behaviour, mood, sleep and overall a more positive impact on the entire household.

“Advocacy for clients still remains one of the most important services offered in day respite, the importance of social interaction, having someone to talk to and knowing someone is always on your side means the world to our clients,” Alma said.  

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