A program for aged and frail members of the community at the Mudgee Health Service is remodelling to keep up with demand for the service.
“The Wellbeing and Activities Program has received overwhelming support since it was reconfigured in 2009,” said Nurse Unit Manager, Margo Mackenzie.
The Wellbeing and Activities Program (WAP) is held each Wednesday and Friday between 0930 and 1430 at the Mudgee Community Health Centre.
The program has seen a remarkable increase in demand with up to 35 clients per session totally approximately 250-300 attendances a month.
“We are currently staffed with two enrolled nurses and a handful of wonderful volunteers whom without we couldn’t provide such a helpful service,” Ms Mackenzie said.
“The service is growing at such a pace that a waiting list is now on the horizon and so we are remodelling the program again in 2011 to ensure the most equitable access to the program for those people who are presently not accessing other services,” explained Ms Mackenzie.
“Clients in the community without access to other services are being offered placement in the program as a priority,” she said.
WAP was recently commended in an external HACC (Home and Community Care) as a highly innovative program, well researched with measureable outcomes.
“We were commended as an excellent model for similar health services and encouraged to promote the program far and wide.”
“WAP offers a program in falls prevention with an exercise component and education,” she said.
“It is a great opportunity for clients to socialise with each other whilst also providing respite for carers,” said Ms Mackenzie.