61 year old Michael is a regular at the Treehouse – Kyneton District Health’s socially supportive program for people with dementia, a palliative condition or chronic illness. He was referred to the Treehouse by local geriatrician Dr Ruth Teh, who felt he would benefit from the person centred program tailored to his needs.

Since its launch in March 2017, The Treehouse has experienced a steady increase in demand. Treehouse Coordinator Kathy Kirby applied for funding from Carer Support Services in Bendigo to meet the ongoing referrals and enquiries coming into the program.

“We’re thrilled and very grateful that Carer Support Services approved our funding application. The Treehouse is now able to support more clients and their families in the Macedon Ranges meaning better outcomes for everyone involved”.

The funding boost means the Treehouse will operate four days a week from the 4th February. Kathy will also be able to spend one day a week in a case management role helping carers access and navigate systems related to their loved ones care.

For Michael, participating in the Treehouse’s many and varied activities has been hugely beneficial. He is more engaged in his surroundings and has improved independence and wellbeing. Michael has also taken advantage of the Treehouse’s close link with KDH’s Healthy Mind and Movement “Active Body – Active Mind” program, attending exercise endurance and general fitness classes once a week.

The Treehouse will be open four days a week (Monday to Thursday) from the 4th February. Those interested in finding out more about the program should contact Kathy on 5422 9987.