Jubilee Community Care client Ken Moore has loved sailing all his adult life. But when Ken suffered a stroke in early 2020 a change of tack was required to help him continue his beloved pastime.
Ken’s wife and carer June says Ken is keen to get out on the water whenever he can – something made easier with the help of Jubilee support worker Jason. During Ken’s regular services Jason takes him to Manly Boat Harbour where they clean and maintain Ken’s yacht Rapture. At other times they will join Ken’s friend Willem on his yacht and have a short sail around Moreton Bay before heading home again.
‘’Ken has had his own boat for more than 20 years now but has not sailed it since he had the stroke,’’ June said. ‘’He bought his yacht after he retired and he wanted to do renovations on it which was a lot of work but it looks wonderful inside (pictured above).
‘‘Ken loved sailing from when he was a child when he went on holiday to Stradbroke (Island) and his uncle took him on a small dingy with sail. ‘‘He always enjoys it and his ability to go out now gives him a natural high.’’
As a former civil engineering draftsman Ken has always had an eye for detail. That has stood him in good stead with another of his former hobbies – building remote-control model boats. ‘’He has designed and built several remote-controlled model boats for himself and family members,’’ June said. ‘’He used to sail them in various places, including the Wynnum/Manly wading pond.’’
Jubilee senior client support coordinator Nicky said the support provided to Ken to go sailing during his Jubilee services was just one example of how Home Care Packages could be used to encourage clients to take part in social activities that promote and protect the client’s lifestyle, interests and wellbeing. ‘’This could be a support worker accompanying or taking a client like Ken sailing or to a weekly organised club to play bridge or mahjong, or to yoga or the like,’’ Nicky said.