Helen Rhodes in the coupe that is 20 years younger than her.
Helen Rhodes in the coupe that is 20 years younger than her. Contributed

At 102, Helen’s revving up care

WHEN you can blow out 102 birthday candles without blinking an eye - well, maybe a few - it is little wonder that Noosa's energetic Helen Rhodes chose to unwind for another landmark personal celebration by joy riding in a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe.

Helen is one of the Noosa Community Support living testaments to just how beneficial a weekly visit to what used to be known as the Noosa Day Respite Centre can be.

"I'd be lost without it," the great-grandmother said at her 102nd celebrations on Tuesday, at the centre surrounded by friends.

After almost 20 years Noosa Day Respite, more recently known as Noosa Community Care, has changed its name to better reflect its range of services.

Coordinator Greg Tucker says the centre's renowned care and attention lives on with Helen, a former nurse, who is helping rev up awareness about this community care shift, where many Noosa residents receive weekly centre-based and in-home support services.

For Helen, the Noosa Community Support means a game of scrabble and a chat with her friends.

"The volunteers and staff really enjoy looking after our clients and we are always happy to welcome new faces, and inquiries about the services we offer," Greg said.

"We provide allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutritional advice and podiatry as well as services such as home modification and maintenance through Noosa Home Assist Secure," Greg said.

"NCS also provides transport and social support services, and personal care and domestic assistance."

He says the new name better reflects the organisation's role in supporting older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home.

He says they are now funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program, rather than the Home and Community Care Program.

For more information about the services, phone 5329 6175 or visit the Noosa Council website.



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