16 years ago, Kathy Collie noticed an advert in the local paper for a HomeShare Host for a new initiative at Presbyterian Support – supporting connection and friendship for older persons within a host’s home. She attended the public meeting, where the concept was explained and thought to herself “I can do that” - so she signed up.
As a part-time nurse, with experience in elderly health, the opportunity was the perfect fit for Kathy and was a chance to continue looking after others. It was so flexible, well supported by the service’s management, and she could do it from the comfort of her own home.
All these years later, Kathy is still enjoying hosting members in her home as an extended part of her family. She usually has four or so members who attend every Wednesday between 10am-3pm. They play cards, games and walk in the garden – whatever the members enjoy and can manage. They also have morning tea and a two-course lunch, which always includes dessert with ice cream!