Horsham Gardens village residents connected to services

HORSHAM Gardens retirement village residents are being connected with a range of services through a new care program.

Village manager Dominic Clancy said the Ingenia Care Assist program linked residents to services such as personal care, physiotherapy, podiatry and domestic cleaning.

"This free program is a great addition to Horsham Gardens because it not only connects our residents to services they might need, but it also educates residents and their families on what is available," he said.

"Residents go through a simple application process. Rather than having to run around town themselves, their care needs are liaised through us.

"We've had pretty good feedback."

Mr Clancy said the program started earlier this year after it was trialled in other Garden Villages across the country in late 2013.

Ingenia Communities care development general manager Janene Eagleton said demand for the service was high in Garden Villages communities.

"Ingenia Care Assist is designed to help senior residents maintain their independence and well-being by connecting them to a wide range of homecare services," she said.

"Maintaining the social fabric of these village communities, where so many invaluable friendships are formed, is a key goal of Ingenia Care Assist. We want to help seniors stay close to their friends and neighbours for as long as possible."

Ms Eagleton said the service provided information and advocacy to seniors and their families.

"It gives them peace of mind because care assist organises the care for them," she said.

"It will also increase community awareness of the range of services available to seniors, often for little to no cost at all."

Ms Eagleton said Ingenia Care Assist would offer the service to all 34 Garden Villages communities by July.

She said people could visit the website http://gardenvillages.com.au/ for more information on garden villages.

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