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SC Care donates walkers

Monday, 29th March, 2010

* Vicki McCoy (above) with the Mobility Aids  donated by Southern Cross Care * Vicki McCoy (above) with the Mobility Aids donated by Southern Cross Care

"A truly moving experience"

Residents of a nursing home in Bali have a little more mobility and freedom after the donation of walking frames by Southern Cross Care.

Greg McCoy, an aged care worker at St Anne's Nursing Home, and his wife Vicki travelled to Bali to present the walkers to Panti Jompo Tresna Werhda, an aged care nursing home in Biaung. Mr McCoy said the home's 48 residents, some of whom were bedridden, were all destitute with no family or means of support.

"The home is run on minimal government backing with next to no financial support, so a lot of their supplies are actually provided by ex-pats and travellers who know of their plight," Mr McCoy said. The home even rented out its chairs and furniture to try and raise funds and "ensure survival".

The walkers would allow residents to move more freely without risk of falls, said Mr McCoy, who described the presentation ceremony as "a truly moving experience". Southern Cross Care also donated a slide sheet which is used for the safe handling of residents who are bedridden.

"The staff had never seen or used a slide sheet and it was a huge hit with them," said Mr McCoy, who demonstrated how the sheet is used. He said he hoped the donation was the first of many to the Balinese who "fend for themselves in a very difficult climate". Allan Carter, the CEO for Southern Cross Care, said they were happy to supply the Balinese Nursing home with the surplus walking frames.

"We're happy to support it," he said. "It's good to see the equipment get put to good use."

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