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The Federal Government established the much welcomed Royal Commission into Aged Care. The Commission presented a large report with a huge number of recomemndations. The Government has accepted these and started work on developing the new future for Aged Care.

The key will be a new Aged Care Act which is expected to be in place during 2023. Work towards this is happening and the necessary changes are starting to be made.

Australia Meals on Wheels Association has been working hard to present the case for the many Meals on Wheels agencies throughout the country. The AMoWA President has been on a Working Party which is looking at funding for the future. It was good to note that two others on the Working Party were also very much Meals on Wheels 'people'.

New South Wales Meals on Wheels has been to the fore in the submissions being discussed, developed and delivered to the Government by AMoWA. They have rasied a number of issues with the Unit price for meals and services being the biggest issue amongst these.

Ths new funding model will see organisations being paid for services delivered rather than the present system of a Bulk Grant against propsoed Outputs. For all organisations this will be a major change and Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels is looking at a very different future.

Our Bulk Grant allowed us to plan and develop knowing what our income would be each quarter. The new funding model will not allow the same flexibility but we are already thinking how we can prepare for the future.

The new Strategic Plan has been deliberately designed to take us through to when the new Act comes into place; our staffing will allow us to be able to send in our account each month and gain our funding quickly; and our computer system will be able to meet reporting requirements. We are in a strong position for the future as long as nothing 'new' is delivered to us.

We are lucky and believe we are well placed at this time. We hope other organsiations will be able to cope and get through the transition to the new way of doing things.

The future is exciting for how we will care for those within the Aged Care system but the tansition may be difficult for some.

 

Two new staff members have joined Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels to manage our Group Social Support (Out and About) service.

It is with great delight that we welcomed Sheena Prince and Kelley Hill to the team and they have very quickly won over the clients and volunteers who are part of the system.

The Out and About group operates each Monday in Narooma and Thursday in Malua Bay. On a Tuesday they have 'Lunch About' which can be in various locations.

The new coordinators have been learning the names of clients and the routines associated with making the days a success.

A new programme has been developed and is gradually being introduced. This has seen new ideas and activities being established which have caught the imagination of the clients.

Welcome Sheena and Kelley.

Everyone at Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels wishes you a wonderful Christmas and a special time with family and friends.

A number of events have happened within our organisation in preparation for Christmas.

  • the students at Broulee Public School produced wonderful Christmas cards for all clients.
  • the Christmas cards were delivered to the clients with a 2022 calendar and special Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels pen.
  • the Christmas menu was circulated to clients from the start of December and included the traditional meals and desserts.
  • the clients who attended Out and About enjoyed lovely Christmas dinners when their sessions ended.
  • Father Christmas called on the clients in Batemans Bay which was a thrill and singing groups entertained the clients at each event.
  • Out and About clients decorated our Christmas tree and the office which was a lovely occasion.

This years calendar featured the south coast and all the photographs were supplied by Brad McLean and are a beautiful reminder of how lovely it is in our part of the world.

At the end of the year two staff leave us. Keith and Karen finsihed their links with Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels but will spend time with family in Ireland and Bungendore respectively before starting new chapters of their lives. We thank them for their contributions and hope they enjoy family time.

We will welcome Kelley and Sheena to the staff next year. Their vibrant personalities will enhance the programems we offer to our Out and About clients. Their acceptance of the positions has been a wonderful Christmas gift to us!

Meals for Christmas have been delivered and orders for the start of 2022 have been collected.

Our office will close at mid day on Thursday 13 December and open in 2022 on 4 January.

We look forward to a great year in 2022 and take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels is 'more than just a meal' service.

The organisation has many services for the local community including our Group Social Support known as Out and About.

On Monday November 1st, we started going out and about again and the clients and volunteers were very happy to do so.

The chatter and laughter could be heard by those who passed by the various venues, picnic spots and in the dining room at the Tomakin Club on Melbourne Cup day.

The group meets over three days with a revised programme.

Monday is at the Youth Cafe which is part of the community cenytre in Narooma.

Tuesday remains the very popular Lunch About day. This will see clients enjoying a morning tea picnic at a lovely coastal locartion before going to enjoy a cafe, club, restaurant locally or further afield such as in Mollymook, Braidwood, Bermagui or, as has become a tradition, christmas shopping in Cabargo.

Thursday is at the community centre in Malua Bay.

Our bus, or one of the cars, will pick up each client and take them home at the end of the day; morning tea and lunch is always enjoyed and a range of activies are completed...the Spring programme has been very exciting.

The summer programme is about to be announced and anyone who maybe interested in joing the group can contact the office for further information. The number to ring is 4474 4464.

The other activities offered are Meals, Individual Social Support (gardening, cuppa chat, being taken to appointments, shopping assistance), a support group for dementia sufferers, and an Elders Social Group at Wallaga Lake. Contact us if you would like information on any of these.

Eurobodalla Meals on Wheels is 'more than just a meal' service.

The organisation has many services for the local community including our Group Social Support known as Out and About.

On Monday November 1st, we started going out and about again and the clients and volunteers were very happy to do so.

The chatter and laughter could be heard by those who passed by the various venues, picnic spots and in the dining room at the Tomakin Club on Melbourne Cup day.

The group meets over three days with a revised programme.

Monday is at the Youth Cafe which is part of the community cenytre in Narooma.

Tuesday remains the very popular Lunch About day. This will see clients enjoying a morning tea picnic at a lovely coastal locartion before going to enjoy a cafe, club, restaurant locally or further afield such as in Mollymook, Braidwood, Bermagui or, as has become a tradition, christmas shopping in Cabargo.

Thursday is at the community centre in Malua Bay.

Our bus, or one of the cars, will pick up each client and take them home at the end of the day; morning tea and lunch is always enjoyed and a range of activies are completed...the Spring programme has been very exciting.

The summer programme is about to be announced and anyone who maybe interested in joing the group can contact the office for further information. The number to ring is 4474 4464.

The other activities offered are Meals, Individual Social Support (gardening, cuppa chat, being taken to appointments, shopping assistance), a support group for dementia sufferers, and an Elders Social Group at Wallaga Lake. Contact us if you would like information on any of these.

About Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a household name and of course we do provide meals to people in their home, but did you know we are offer more than just a meal?  We also provide support to people to maintain and expand their social connections, through our Out and About Centre and through other in home social sevices. See our service page for more details

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