Finding comfort in company

Maree Cuddihy, Marie Moore, Mary-Anne Thomas MP, Robin James, Paula Weekley, Dora Mansbridge, Phil Catterson.

A program offering a three-day retreat to dementia sufferers and their carers has been praised by the Minister for Health Mary- Anne Thomas. 

The local MP visited the Treehouse4Two program at Glen Erin at Lancefield last month and spoke with staff about how participants found guidance and comfort at the retreat. 

“Treehouse4Two is a unique program by Central Highlands Rural Health that creates an important opportunity for connection and learning, and allows both dementia sufferers and their carers to find comfort in the company of others on the same journey,” Ms Thomas said. 

“I congratulate and thank Central Highlands Rural Health and their staff for this fantastic program, undertaken at the beautiful Glen Erin at Lancefield. 

“Programs like this are essential for those with dementia and their carers in order for them to take a break from their daily stresses and difficulties. 

“Running the Treehouse4Two program for free ensures that everyone has fair access and opportunity to participate and be part of a community network of care and support.” 

A further 10 retreats will be held in 2024 – all at Glen Erin at Lancefield. Anyone wanting to sign up or find out more can get in touch with CHRH directly to chat about eligibility. 

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