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Yurulikuju House Celebrates a Decade of Respite Care
Posted by SarahJones on June 3, 2014

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On the 2 June, Yurulikuju House (commonly known as HACC House) in South Hedland celebrated 10 years of providing centre based day care for seniors living in the Pilbara community. The day centre, which is operated by Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc., offers a welcoming and friendly environment for seniors to socialise, make friends and enjoy a range of great activities such as games, arts and crafts, exercise programs and outings. 

Yurulikuju House Team Leader, Alison Matthews has witnessed the benefits of the day centre first-hand and believes it provides an essential service to the Pilbara community. “Spending time at the day centre is such a positive experience for our clients. It gives them a sense of belonging within the community and encourages them to maintain their independence. It also offers the chance for carers to take a break which is vital for their wellbeing.”

It seems that the clients of Yurulikuju House and their family members couldn’t agree more. Vicky Brooks, whose mother has been using the service for nearly five years, says it has helped her and her family immensely. “It takes the pressure off me knowing that my Mum has a regular activity to look forward to and isn’t spending too much time home alone. She really enjoys herself and the staff are just wonderful, I’d be lost without their assistance.”

Vicky believes the greatest benefit of the day centre lies in the regular social interaction her mother is able to engage in. “Mum loves socialising with other clients at the day centre who are a similar age and have lived through the same era. She wouldn’t see these people otherwise so it’s really an opportunity for her to get out of the house and catch up with friends which keeps her spirits high.”

Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. General Manager of Services, Mr Graydn Spinks, commends the day centre on reaching its ten year milestone. “I cannot speak highly enough about Yurulikuju House and its fantastic team of staff. Their dedication to enhancing the lives of our clients is truly exceptional. Yurulikuju House is just one example of the extraordinary work the staff at Southern Cross Care undertake in the Pilbara.”

In addition to providing respite services, Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. also offers a wide range of home care services to seniors living in the Shire of Roebourne and the Town of Port Hedland.

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