Longridge Auxiliary donate sling lifter to Aged Care home

DONATION: Longridge Aged Care quality risk manager Heather Kiernan (left) with auxiliary president Jennifer Norton, secretary Mary Wellington and treasurer Raelene Clifford.

DONATION: Longridge Aged Care quality risk manager Heather Kiernan (left) with auxiliary president Jennifer Norton, secretary Mary Wellington and treasurer Raelene Clifford.

Longridge Aged Care staff will now have additional equipment at their disposal after another notable donation from the local ladies auxiliary.

A new sling lifter was purchased by the Longridge Ladies Auxiliary and given to the aged care home to further assist the growing number of patients in need.

Executive officer and director of care Elizabeth Broadstock said support from the local auxiliary has been fantastic.

“Care needs are getting higher all the time so you need more pieces of equipment so it’s been fanstatic that they always manage to raise the funds,” she said.

Longridge Auxiliary have been working closely and supporting the aged care home over many years.

The new sling lifter, worth $3300, has multiple functions and is fitted with a hydraulic mechanism that assists with residents’ mobility.

With no extra funding for the government to secure such equipment, Mrs Broadstock said any donations like this will help accommodate all the residents.

“We have numerous people who can no longer weight bare and in such a large facility you can’t just have one, you have to have multiples of things,” Mrs Broadstock  said.

Auxiliary treasurer Raelene Clifford said the group still manage to donate their time and efforts towards the aged care home despite being short on numbers.

“We are a very small group but we still have a little bit of of fun fundraising through the year and do what we can,’ she said.

Funds were gathered from several events in the last 12 months after donations towards other specilised equipment like electric beds were complete.

Mrs Broadstock said they are looking forward to work collaboratively with the auxiliary group for many more years.

“We see that they are a fantastic support and have a very well respected profile in the community so certainly we are happy to put in more work,” she said

“It can’t all land on them so we will work together and we look forward to doing more of that collaborative work.”

The Longridge Ladies Auxiliary held their annual meeting recently which saw them elect their new president Jennifer Norton.

Outgoing president Jo Cother, was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation and flowers as a thank you for all her contributions. 

The groups next efforts will be selling raffle tickets at Morris’s Bakery on August 24 and 31 for a chance to win a Father’s Day gift basket.

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