Beatrice, or Betty as she prefers to be known, lives on the Gold Coast. Since retiring 10 years ago, she's been enjoying life, volunteering at her local charity shop and seeing her grandkids when they visit from Sydney.
Betty often plays bridge with her friends. Recently, she went to a friend's place for tea and noticed that the back garden looked beautiful. Her friend mentioned she'd been getting some gardening help through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, which means her yard can look lovely without her having to do work where she might hurt herself. Although Betty feels comfortable at the moment, it's nice to know help is available so she can enjoy living at home for as long as possible.
- Betty's friend Enid recently told her about a young man who comes around once a fortnight to help with the mowing and keep the garden tidy.
- Enid said she gets help through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, which means some of the cost is subsidised by the government.
- Another friend mentioned that her husband's arthritis is so bad he now gets a Home Care Package of services to help him stay at home longer.
- Although Betty feels she's doing okay at the moment, she's pleased to hear that should she ever need it, there are options for getting help at home.
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Last reviewed: 30 June, 2015.