A Life-Changing Gift For Chris

on the Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Chris, a retired truck driver and proud father of two, grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of two, is one of many seniors whose quality of life and independence has blossomed with the help of BaptistCare’s YouChoose home care services.

When Chris’ wife and the love of his life, Valerie died seven years ago, Chris’ world changed.

“My wife was a person who would talk to everybody and anybody on every subject,” he recalls.

Valerie’s openness in talking to others was to give Chris a life-changing gift.

One day while at the supermarket, Valerie struck up a conversation with a stranger. The three became friends, and through their new-found connection, Chris and Valerie first heard about BaptistCare and their social support services.

That encounter planted a seed for Chris, who realised after Valerie passed away that he needed help getting out and about, as well as the opportunity to socialise with other like-minded people.

Chris, now 72, receives support through BaptistCare’s domestic assistance and community transport, as well as getting out and about with the social support program.

He joins another 310 clients across the western Sydney and Nepean region who enjoy regular trips to the beach, botanic gardens, visits to museums, galleries and as well as musical performances and lunches out.

“There is always conversations about stupid things going on in the bus when you’re travelling,” shares Chris.

“I was asked once what my favourite meal was, and I said ‘lamb’s fry and bacon’ and you should have heard the uproar,” chuckles Chris. “Oh don’t eat that!” they said.

“When we go out, I try and be helpful. I can’t stand back and watch other people do things if I’m capable of doing it. I’ll get off the bus first and I’ll put my hand out and I’ll help the ladies out of the bus, and if there’s a [wheel] chair that needs pushing I’ll do that,” says Chris.

“It keeps me active, it keeps me going. And the smiles I get from everybody is what pays, that’s the dividend for being helpful.”

“The last six years has been great with BaptistCare looking after me, being there, I know I can talk to all the ladies there, all the employees,  and some of them are extremely good people. “

“It’s been good; I’m glad I took the advice and joined up with them.”

BaptistCare’s YouChoose gives seniors choice and control, and places them firmly in charge of their care.

If you or someone you love is looking for help with cleaning around the home, personal care, social support, transportation or respite, design a home care package today by calling the YouChoose helpline on 1300 275 227.

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