Gary Pearce from Allstrong Locksmith’s and Security with Blue Care’s Kym Robinson annd Paul Cantrell.
Gary Pearce from Allstrong Locksmith’s and Security with Blue Care’s Kym Robinson annd Paul Cantrell. KARLEILA THOMSEN

Thanks for everything

SECURITY at the Blue Care Hervey Bay Community Care centre has received an upgrade, after a grateful couple made an $8000 equipment donation to help prevent vandalism.

Gary Pearce and his wife Sharon, owners of Allstrong Locksmiths and Security, donated a camera security system along with installation after hearing of a series of break-ins earlier this year where Blue Care cars were vandalised and drained of petrol.

Blue Care Blue Nurses director of nursing Caroline Kerr said the centre appreciated the donation, which would help to monitor the car park and prevent future break-ins.

“A camera, monitor and recording equipment were donated but the biggest donation was Gary and his team’s time digging trenches by hand and doing all the wiring from the car park area to the centre,” she said.

Mr Pearce said the donation was meant as a thank you after Blue Care had looked after his father, Col, who died from pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

He said he had not thought to contact Blue Care to help with his father’s illness until a friend recommended the service to him.

“I knew of Blue Nurses, but didn’t realise the extent of the help they gave, especially in our circumstance,” he said.

He said Blue Care had provided his father with a new lease of life by giving him friendship throughout his illness, as well as easing his pain through medication advice and getting him up and about again with walking equipment.

“We were able to get him out and about and we were back out shopping,” he said.

“Up until then he had resigned himself to the fact that he wasn’t going out of the house again.”

He said the care improved his father’s quality of life hugely and enabled him to stay at home with his family until he passed away.

Ms Kerr said palliative care was all about providing care at the right place, the right time and in the right environment for the patient.

“That’s what Col got. He wanted to stay at home and he got the best care we could provide,” she said.

“We nursed him all the way through to the terminal phase and he died at home peacefully with his family, where he wanted to be.”

Blue Care looks after more than 12,500 people every day and is one of Australia’s leading providers of community health and residential aged care.



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