Breathing easy now

DONATION: Health in our Hands members Paul Holmes and Mary Holmes, Site Manager Rakesh Sarkar and Whyalla Aged Care CEO Juanita Walker.

DONATION: Health in our Hands members Paul Holmes and Mary Holmes, Site Manager Rakesh Sarkar and Whyalla Aged Care CEO Juanita Walker.

Residents at the Annie Lockwood Court Hostel can breathe easy after Whyalla Aged Care received funds to purchase two new oxygen concentrators.

Local charity group Health in our Hands provided a donation of over $3000 for the clinic to purchase the new equipment, which will benefit the living conditions of residents with respiratory issues.

Founders Paul and Mary Holmes said they were happy to support the clinic.

“Our organisation is in the process of winding up, the funds we have are now surplus and our constitution says we should donate them to like-minded groups,” Mr Holmes said.

“So we decided that we would donate some of these funds to Whyalla Aged Care so they can purchase new oxygen concentrators,” he said.

The group raised the money through training sessions around the country, while some of it was also provided through surplus from other grants.

“It does feel good to support a local aged care agency – we're all heading this way eventually,” Mr Holmes said.

Whyalla Aged Care Chief Executive Officer Juanita Walker said the new equipment would be very beneficial to the facility.

“With the increasing number of older people that are now being admitted to a residential facility, we just didn't have enough of these oxygen concentrators – originally we were hiring them,” she said.

“It's really important to have this equipment when we need it, we’ve had a long affiliation with Health in our Hands, they initially gave us money to purchase one concentrator but now they've given us a cheque to buy two.

"The concentrators will benefit those with respiratory issues, it could be cardiac-related or someone who has emphysema – there are a number of issues it will support.”

Ms Walker said the fact that the new concentrators were portable was a big help to the clinic.

“The old style of oxygen concentrators are very heavy so it made it very difficult for residents to move around or go out on day activities,” she said.

"But the new versions are very portable.”

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