New role builds connections

VMCH’s Community Services team has extended its reach to support seniors in metro and regional Victoria with the appointment of four new roles.

Since December, Community Development Officers (CDOs) have been busy getting to know service providers and residents in their respective communities (Metro Melb, Western, Northern and South East Victoria) and ensuring local seniors know help is at hand.  They will organise local information sessions on aged care and home care packages, form relationships with service providers such as GPs, and try to identify gaps in local support needs.

CDO Fredricka Gonsalves, who previously supported carers as a VMCH Community Engagement Case Manager, said she was excited about the new role.

“I know it may sound cliché but seeing the positive impacts that we make to families, whether it be carers or the individuals who need support living independently at home, is what I love most about my job.”

Fredricka said she hoped to change seniors’ lives for the better through her work as a CDO.

“Speaking from experience, I’ve found many people are unaware of the services available for older people to remain living at home, so I feel educating them and their families is important.  We are fortunate at Villa Maria Catholic Homes to offer such a variety of supports to clients and work with them to tailor the services around their needs.”

VMCH Community Services include:

  • Allied health and therapy
  • Carer and home support
  • Lifestyle and respite services
  • Home Care Packages
  • Post hospital and nursing support


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