Providing a gateway to better health for the homeless
Our vision is to help homeless people access crucial health care services and a partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre can help us make this vision a reality.
For more than 40 years, St Patrick’s has worked to provide immediate and holistic care for the homeless, those at risk of being homeless and the disadvantaged in Fremantle and the wider south west metropolitan area of Perth.
With generous support from our donors we will be able to run a nursing clinic on site at St Patrick’s so visitors to the centre can receive health care services that they may not otherwise have access to.
With more than 50,000 occasions of service provided to people visiting St Patrick’s during the past financial year, including 32,714 meals being served, we expect that more than 800 individuals will visit the clinic in the first three months alone.
Research has shown that chronic disease and premature ageing are significant issues for homeless people. Clients who visit the health clinic will receive treatment and care free of charge and learn how to improve their health and overall wellbeing.
Silver Chain’s onsite nurse, specialising in the mental and physical conditions commonly linked with homelessness, will offer a range of services including wound care, diabetic care, blood pressure checks, referrals and education.
One such client who has already benefited from the nursing services available at the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre is Timothy.
Timothy is a long term client of St Patrick’s and had previously utilised services but had never sought medical or nursing assistance. However, the first time he did he decided to mention that he had been sleeping rough and his feet were causing him ongoing pain and discomfort.
On further examination, his feet were cracked with areas of infection and large areas of dry calloused skin. Over the course of a couple of weeks the nurse soaked his feet in a eucalyptus oil solution, applied antiseptic to the infected areas and improved management of the callouses. His feet completely healed and Timothy no longer experienced the pain and immobility he had been suffering with for so long.
With the kind support of our community, Silver Chain looks forward to helping more clients just like Timothy, through its partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.
Once the nursing clinic is established we will continue to expand our reach and bring much needed health and care services to vulnerable groups of people in various metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.