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This is the catch-cry of the Wingecarribee
Adult Day Care Service, which is providing
new direction and purpose for many of the
Highlands senior residents.
In fact more than 120 people aged from their mid
50s-90s are taking advantage of all the ser vice has
to o er.
And leading the charge in the organisation, that
provides an outlet for elderly, frail aged and disabled
residents, is service manager Michelle Lindau.
Mrs Lindau oversees the daily operations of the
ser vice at three Highlands locations.
She draws on more than 10 years experience in
community development work and co-ordinating
programs for senior residents both in the Southern
Highlands and Snowy Mountains region. The
past ve years have been spent working with the
Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Ser vice.
Mrs Lindau said the aim of the organisation was to
empower senior residents of the Highlands still living
"It provides an outlet for elderly residents still living
in a private home as well as respite for their carers,"
"Senior residents often become lost as their health
deteriorates, they lose a spouse or even when they
are no longer able to drive.
"They stop going out, they lose their link to the
community and they lose con dence in themselves -
they begin to think they have nothing to contribute
"We know how important and health giving it is to
have friends, fun and interests outside the home.
"The Adult Day Care Ser vice is about keeping our
senior residents involved and showing them they
Mrs Lindau said the service provided an outlet where
older people could share thoughts and stories
"It provides an opportunity to make new friends,
enjoy a cuppa or lunch and so much more," she said.
"Crafts, games, day trips, gardening and light
exercise are some of the many activities o ered
through the service."
A new addition to the weekly program at the Bowral
centre is the Lunch Club conducted on Wednesdays.
The club is aimed at people with memory loss who
enjoy good food, good company and conversation.
"This is a smaller group for a few hours in the middle
of the day that focuses on interests such as music,
outings to gardens, galleries and other places of
beauty," Mrs Lindau said.
"It is ultimately an opportunity for good times, food
and conversation in a stress-free environment."
Mrs Lindau said the service, established about 20
years ago at the Carribee Centre, had become an
important outlet for many elderly people who
moved to the Highlands later in their life.
"Often people have relocated from Sydney and
further a eld so they can live near and be supported
by family living in the shire," she said.
"We even have one member who moved to the
Highlands from the United Kingdom at the age of 87
so that she could be closer to her family.
"It would be a brave, but daunting thing to move
from your home to a new community or even a new
country later in life -- it is our hope that the service
helps with the transition."
Mrs Lindau said she was con dent the ser vice was
meeting its goal with all it had to o er.
"Time after time carers tell me how a visit to the
centre is a highlight of the week for their loved one,"
"I feel privileged to be able to share that special time
with these people.
"I feel equally privileged to know them, be involved
in activities with them and hear the stories they
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The Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Service
conducts activities daily at the Queen Street
Centre, Moss Vale, and the Carribee Centre,
Bowral. Activities are also conducted at the Hill
Top Community Centre each Monday.
The service is led by Mrs Lindau with the support
of 10 trained sta and several volunteers.
A bus service is available to pick up and return
guests of the service to their home. The bus
service, food and activities for the day cost $8.
Details: 4862 1774.
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