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8.3.3 Community care services
Our Visitor Support services include programs that help new mums cope with the
challenges of illness or multiple births, while the Community Visitors Scheme connects
older people in residential care with a friend.
Telecross recruits and trains volunteers to provide a daily telephone call to people who
live alone and are at risk of sudden health deterioration. If the volunteers’ call is not
answered, a Red Cross staff member arranges for someone to visit the client’s home
and check on their well-being. The Home and Community Care program inWA provides
funding to assist Red Cross in the operation of this service.
Telecross currently operates in Perth, Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury, Denmark,
Geraldton, Mullewa, Narrogin and Kalgoorlie. Over 490 people who are frail aged
or with disabilities and live independently receive a reassuring phone call from their
Telecross volunteer at the same time each morning.
To find out more about Telecross telephone 08 9225 8888 or email the Red Cross
(email available via website as mentioned above).
8.3.4.Red Cross Carer Services: ‘Hands-on-care’
Red Cross’s range of carer services helps people helping others.
‘Hands on Care’ involves volunteers providing a relaxing hand and arm massage
treatment, often followed by a manicure, to the frail aged, people with disabilities, and
people facing long periods of hospitalisation. The Service operates at residential aged
care facilities, and it enables the recipient to enjoy the benefits of tactile contact and
personal companionship. The pampering and one-on-one attention also boosts the
recipient’s morale and self-esteem.
To find out more about Hands on Care telephone 08 9225 8888 or email the Red Cross
(email available via website as mentioned above).
8.3.5 Red Cross cadets inWA
Red Cross Cadets is a Youth Development program that encourages community
responsibility and service. There’s a lot to do as a cadet, including abseiling off a cliff,
rafting down rapids and surviving out in the bush. You’ll also learn invaluable first aid
skills like bandaging up a broken arm, treating snake bites and learning how to save
someone’s life using CPR. You might even get a chance to meet some of your sporting
heroes at the soccer, football or the cricket by going to the game as a first aider. You’ll
get a great looking uniform for free, take on a whole heap of new challenges, learn
leadership skills, teamwork and responsibility. All it takes is a commitment of one day a
week and sometimes your weekends.
To find out more about Red Cross Cadets, contact wayouth@redcross.org.au
Also check out the Cadets WA website www.cadetswa.wa.gov.au