Aged care help at Probus

PROBUS: Don Smith and Faye Kraehe thanked Kerrie Traeger from Whyalla Aged Care for her talk.
PROBUS: Don Smith and Faye Kraehe thanked Kerrie Traeger from Whyalla Aged Care for her talk.

Cleve District Council Probus Club president Shirley Dennis welcomed 40 members and a visitor to the club’s January meeting, wishing them all a happy and prosperous 2018.

In the correspondence, it was pleasing to read the club would be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in the Community Event of the Year from the Cleve District Council at the 2018 Australia Day awards.

Members were encouraged to attend the Cleve Australia Day Breakfast.

A visitor, Angela Travers, daughter-in-law of Gerald and Kath Travers of Cleve, who lives at Williamstown, spoke about the successful Grow Free Cart in their town.

Mrs Angela Travers felt this would work well in Cleve.

The idea of the Grow Free Cart is an exchange of surplus fresh produce, plants and seeds where people give what they can and take what they need.

No money is exchanged.

There are 132 carts already registered in South Australia.

Mary Edwards then introduced the guest speaker for the day, Kerrie Traeger, stating Mrs Traeger was well known having lived and grown up in the Cleve district, and married and brought up own her family in the district.

She has worked in the health system in Cleve and now works for Whyalla Aged Care.

Mrs Traeger spoke about Aged Care Packages, which were introduced by the government in 2014.

The packages are available to clients at four different levels and aim to keep elderly people in their own homes for as long as possible.

People needing support were encouraged to contact My Aged Care on 1800 number for an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment to see find out if their needs were basic, low, medium or high priority.

Clients needed to consider who their provider would be and Mrs Traeger emphasized it was their choice, with providers varying in cost, services offered and exit fees.

The federal government subsidises the package needed but clients contribute with a percentage of their pension or other income.

Mrs Traeger was thanked for her interesting and informative talk by Don Smith and Fay Kraehe, who presented her with a Probus mug.

People needing support need to contact My Aged Care on 1800 number for an ACAT Assessment to see if needs are basic, low, medium or high priority.

The next meeting of the Cleve District Probus Club will be held on Tuesday, February 6 at the Cleve Hotel.