Embracing Independence: How Care Connect Transformed Betty’s Life

June 27, 2024 BY

Betty with her Care Connect care manager Jess.

AS we get older, everyday tasks can become challenging. When Betty needed help at home, Care Connect was there for her.

Betty has led an extraordinary life. She was a champion golfer and tennis player, but life was not always easy growing up.

At 14, her father made her leave school. “I loved school,” said Betty. “I loved everything… I loved maths, I loved English…”

That love never left, earning a university degree when her three daughters were grown.

“That was good,” she said. “I got there in the end.”

Recently, health problems threatened Betty’s independence. Frustrated with another provider, a call with Home Care Package provider, Care Connect, gave her hope.

“They were just so lovely, just so professional but caring,” Betty said. “I knew I was going to get cared for because they were caring people.

“I haven’t looked back since. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Betty now lives with her beloved dog, Jack, on a picturesque property near Bendigo. As a Home Care Package client with Care Connect, she gets the help she needs to live safely and independently at home. Betty’s Care Manager, Jess, partnered with her to tailor a care plan that includes cleaning, meals and home modifications.

Jess also arranged allied health therapies for her back problems. Betty is even considering a return to the golf course.

“Jess is the most beautiful, caring and approachable person,” said Betty. “She would do anything to help me. I feel like she’s more my sister.

“If I ring and she’s not there, she always gets back in touch to see if I’m okay. When I’ve had falls, she rings or texts every week.”

Being at home is so important to Betty, so having a network of support that understands her needs and ensures the services delivered are of the highest quality is paramount.

The Care Connect team – Service Coordinators, Care Workers, Team Leaders and Jess – have partnered with Betty to ensure she receives the connections of care to meet her personal needs.

This has meant independence, enhanced quality of life and the chance to do the things she loves.

Betty Bodinnar with her dog Jack.

“So, here I am, and I love it,” she said. “It’s amazing. I love it. I love the garden and I love nurturing. I love being with my family.”

Although Betty said she’s handy with a drill, she won’t be doing the hard stuff now.

“That’s why I have Care Connect,” she said. “I’ve looked after people all my life in whatever position I’ve been in. And now it’s time for me to have a bit of that for myself, to smell the roses.”

Government-funded Home Care Packages through Care Connect could help you retain independence, increase your quality of life, and have more time for the things you enjoy. Care Connect is your local, not-for-profit Home Care Package provider in the Bendigo area.

If you or a loved one are looking for some help at home, contact the friendly team at Care Connect for obligation free support and advice on 1800 692 464 or email [email protected]