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Home-grown salad for lunch: How Short Term Restorative Care changed Doug’s life

“On the 1st November I fell heavily in my backyard, breaking ribs and leaving me badly shaken. As there were no beds available in rehab at any hospital my daughter organised an ACAT test, resulting in a recommendation for an in-home care package to be organised.

“Lead by Jacky Bell and with the help of the MercyCare Short Term Restorative Care team, I have regained my confidence and am happily living an independent life once more.  

“As part of the package I received a Vegepod to grow my veggies and herbs in. I have always been a keen gardener and this has allowed me to pursue my passion while standing – avoiding the risk of me falling again.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to Jacky and her wonderful team at MercyCare.”

Thanks to help of the team, that included nurses and a physiotherapist, Doug says he no longer needs to worry about falling over whilst gardening. He is now even making salads each day for lunch with his home-grown fresh produce.

Doug’s tailored Short Term Restorative Care aimed at improving his balance, strength and mobility; reducing his risk of falls; increasing his independence in kitchen tasks and gardening.

The MercyCare team also worked to improve safety around the home, including carrying out everyday tasks like showering, dressing and bathroom; as well as exploring reminders for medication and kitchen tasks.

The team were also able to support Doug’s love of technology to enhance his independence, socialising and memory with a Google Nest hub. Doug can now enjoy a joke at any time of the day – he just asks Google. Google also wishes him a goodnight and a good morning.

Being the absolute champion he is, Doug has met all his goals and now enjoying his independence at home.