Clients, staff and members of the community were invited to drop in and help celebrate the first birthday of the Central West Hospital and Health Service rehabilitation unit at Bolton Clarke’s Pioneers community in Longreach on 13 June.
The centre, created to support older Central West residents who have been hospitalised to recover and transition home, has supported more than 80 clients in its first year.
Central West Health staff provide allied health services, medical care and rehabilitation support for the four rehabilitation beds, while Bolton Clarke provides general nursing care and personal assistance.
Central West Rehabilitation Service team leader Steve Cadell said the partnership had been a great success, improving outcomes for people in regional and remote communities.
“Both parties have been very supportive and the number of patients we have had through has exceeded expectations,” he said.
“Over the last couple of months it’s been common to have three patients at the same time, and they generally stay about two weeks to assist with their transition back into the community.
“Clients have come from as far as 300km away.
“We’ve also run strength and balance classes in the unit, which is a nice way to provide a social outlet for people who may be socially isolated.
“A lot of our clients go and have meals with the Pioneers residential aged care residents, which has also been good for social interaction.
“For some older people who were not managing well at home, seeing how social life was in the Pioneers community helped them make a decision to stay at Bolton Clarke.”
Mr Cadell said the purpose-built rehabilitation unit space allowed clients to take part in activities including cooking, strength exercises and functional retraining.
“We’ve also been able to have one-on-one sessions, deliver telehealth support and use the centre as an outreach base.”
During the birthday celebration week this week the centre has also hosted a visit from the state-wide Persistent Pain Management Roadshow, with an expert team hosting a session at the Pioneers Rehabilitation Unit.
Residents and members of the public were invited to hear experts including an occupational therapist, psychologist and nursing staff discuss the latest pain management techniques, to take part in activities including seated or standing tai chi and guided meditation and to find out about available resources and carer support.