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VincentCare's Home Care Packages program provide flexible planned packages of care and services to assist older people to continue to live independently in their own home. Home Care Packages are a major component of the aged care sector in Australia. In the past year VincentCare provided 177  Home Care Packages across the State.  

Malcolm is a Home Care Package client who expressed an interest in gardening to his case manager. With her support and funding through his package, Malcolm has built a garden bed and planted his own vegetables.

Much has been written about the benefits of gardening, and it’s widely acknowledged that gardening can help reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s, while improving heart health, brain health and may alleviate symptoms of depression and stress.

“I was a farm girl all my life, working in the wool mill and on a beef farm and I really enjoyed that life.

I met my husband more than 50 years ago at a dance. He was nice and kind and was interested in me. About two years later we got married, but marriage wasn’t what I expected. I expected friendship and a partner that would understand me and appreciate me and my care for him.

I tried to make him happy, but I just couldn’t.