Eunice, 99, has spent her whole life in the south as a stay-at-home Mum and as a Sunday School and Bible in school’s teacher. In fact, that was how she met Nga Kete’s CEO Tracey Wright-Tawha.
I was Tracey’s Sunday School teacher. When she started Nga Kete she contacted me to ask if I could get some people to talk about their circumstances and see what she could do for us.
So, I rounded up six or so people and when we all got together, Tracey asked us what we needed and it was discovered that some of us, including myself, had no way of getting into town to attend appointments or do groceries, or simply to just get out of the house.
A short time later a driver from Nga Kete started arranging times to collect some of us from Wallacetown in a van and they would take us to a range of places we needed to go including the podiatrist, hospital, chemist, doctor, the supermarket and even sometimes Briscoes and The Warehouse. Whatever we needed, they were there. I really looked forward to them coming.
They would even come into the appointments with us sometimes, if we asked them to, which was great because sometimes I wouldn’t remember what had been said so it was helpful to have someone there.
In 2002 I became a client of the mobile nursing service where a nurse would visit at my home and take my blood pressure, and assist with medication. I found this very helpful because it meant I didn’t need to arrange transport. In 2014 I became a client of the Disability Service and have been looked after since by Sandra Stiles.
It has been wonderful! When I could still walk, Sandra would take me to get my groceries and I remember we would always stop at the Robin Hood dairy for an ice-cream – boysenberry for me and hokey pokey for Sandra.
My hip gradually got worse which meant I couldn’t walk around anymore so instead I would write a list for Sandra and she would pick it up for me. Sandra always laughs because I write my entire shopping list aisle for aisle. I may be 99 but my memory never fails me!
Sandra has also taken me to appointments such as the eye specialist and the hospital. It makes such a difference in my life having someone I know I can rely on to take me places and ensure I am being cared for. It’s made my life better. I have plenty of support in my life but there’s something different about having Nga Kete there for me!
I would never have managed without their support. It’s meant I can continue living in my house – rest homes are not for me!
Being a client of NKMP it one of the best things that ever happened to me. I am truly thankful for all of the work NKMP has done for me.
Eunice celebrates her 99th birthday recently.