Since 1975 Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) has been a leading not-for-profit provider of health and wellness services in East Gippsland. Today GLCH continues to help seniors enjoy a healthier, happier and more independent lifestyle through its extensive range of programs and services delivered by a friendly, compassionate and reliable team of local people.
Whether you’re looking for help at home, an exercise program, or socialisation opportunities for yourself or a family member, then GLCH is your local service provider of choice.
A major provider of Home Care Packages, GLCH provides flexible packages of in-home care and support services to people who need assistance to stay living at home. Chief executive officer Sue Medson OAM, says the aged and disability team are available to guide people through the new My Aged Care process and highlight the types of services we offer including domestic assistance, nursing, personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and assistance with meal preparation, transport, shopping, and social outings.”
“Establishing and maintaining social connections is also important for the wellbeing of our ageing community members,” Ms Medson says. “As such, we offer a variety of low-cost, weekly social groups in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance and activities that provide physical, intellectual, emotional and social stimulation to participants; which create valuable respite and support opportunities for carers.”
Medical and services covering a range of health conditions and care needs are available from GLCH’s Lakes Entrance, Metung, Bruthen and Nowa Nowa sites; and in the home. The organisation offers a number of specialist nursing services including a Dementia nurse practitioner, who provides a specialist nursing service that helps East Gippsland GP’s and their patients with dementia diagnoses and links them to local resources if required. “Not all changes in memory and thinking are signs of dementia,” explained Ms Medson. “However, if you’re worried about yourself or someone close to you, we offer a free in-home assessment to explore changes and address any issues.”
A complete range of therapies is also available to help seniors maximise independence and remain active and healthy. GLCH offers flexible services including physiotherapy, podiatry, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, personal trainers and a range of fitness groups that aim to increase mobility, manage chronic illness and pain, and improve strength and fitness.
“The professional team at Gippsland Lakes Community Health are available to support people as they age to remain happy, healthy and valued,” Ms Medson said. “We’re ready to assist people with their enquiries regarding our services for seniors, call us today or visit glch.org.au for further details.”
Pictured: Maude Newman and Margery Cogger catch up at GLCH’s ‘Keep Active’ group in Lakes Entrance. Keep Active is a supervised gym session for people with reduced mobility to help maintain independence, and is just one of the many exercise programs available to East Gippsland seniors.