Derek scoots back into life - Centacare Brisbane

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Derek, 79, from Burpengary East has been driving motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes, military and civilian, for about 66 years. He loved nothing more than hitting the open road. But when his health deteriorated following retirement, he made the difficult decision to surrender his driver’s license.

“Losing my independence was tough,” said Derek. “The freedom to travel was gone and, for the first time in my life, I was forced to rely on other forms of transport to access essential services. My health then worsened to the point that walking short distances became difficult. Things that used to be simple were now almost impossible. It was a hard time for me.”

Derek uses government-subsidised transport services, provided by Centacare in the Moreton Bay region, to attend medical appointments and social outings in the community. He turned to his Service Delivery Manager at Centacare, Christine, for advice on how to further improve his quality of life.

“Christine was brilliant,” said Derek. “She recommended additional support services and helped me purchase a mobility scooter through my Home Care Package.

“My scooter has given me my life back. Just today, I went on my first ‘business trip’, running errands and posting two letters at the local shopping centre. Scooting around my village, soaking up the sun and visiting my mates (while maintaining social distancing!) brings joy to my heart.”

Derek is so happy with his new life, he wrote a beautiful letter to his support team. “I cannot stop thanking Christine and the Centacare team at Moreton Bay,” wrote Derek. “Their support has made all the difference for me.”

Centacare is an approved provider of aged care services, funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages. We offer a range of subsidised programs, therapies and services to maximise your independence and help you remain active, healthy and socially connected. To find out more call 1300 236 822.