On 14 October, two clients of Resthaven Northern Community Services were given the rare opportunity to reconnect after losing touch years ago through a social group luncheon.
‘Maureen is a regular at the social group, but this was Jeanne’s first appearance – and she nearly didn’t go!’
‘Jeanne’s Home Support Worker encouraged her to come along, as she was suddenly nervous about attending last minute.’
‘Thankfully, she found the courage to go with the hope to meet new friends – she had no idea she would find her long lost friend there!’
Resthaven Northern Community Services Manager, Karen, explains, ‘The ladies first met when they were younger and were good friends for around forty years, before they lost touch with one another.’
‘They found a close connection when Maureen and Jean’s husband volunteered together in their younger years – the ladies even went holidaying together!’
‘They didn’t have mobile phones back then like everyone does now. Unfortunately, they lost touch. Once they found each other again, they noted how much they had missed each other’s friendship.’
Both clients were excited at the surprise of meeting each other at the social group and look forward to continuing their friendship through Resthaven Northern Community Services.
A number of social group programs are available and are an important way to reduce loneliness and isolation. For details call 8259 5600.
Established in 1935, Resthaven is a South Australian not-for-profit aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia.
Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers, opening doors to the full range of aged care service options available.
Services are provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula, lower Barossa region and the Limestone Coast of South Australia.