Kyneton Treehouse extends reach

Kyneton District Health Treehouse. Pic: Kyneton District Health website

By Jessica Micallef

Kyneton’s Treehouse program will soon offer longer operating hours.

The Treehouse provides a supportive and safe setting for people with a palliative condition, dementia or any chronic illness that contributes to them feeling isolated or lonely.

The program will open four days a week, Monday to Thursday, up from two, after receiving a $20,000 grant from Carer Support Services in Bendigo.

Treehouse co-ordinator Kathy Kirby said the program was a great way for patients to indulge in what they enjoy.

“We do what the clients are interested in … we go with the flow,” Ms Kirby said.

Since the program started in 2017, the Treehouse has experienced a steady increase in demand for its services, which are provided at Kyneton District Health hospital.

Ms Kirby applied for the grant in November to help meet demand for ongoing referrals and inquiries about the program.

“We’re thrilled and very grateful that Carer Support Services approved our funding application,” she said.

“The Treehouse is now able to support more clients and their families in the Macedon Ranges, meaning better outcomes for everyone involved. And there is no wait list … the staff are really happy to expand.”

Ms Kirby will have an “office day” with the new hours and can spend one day a week in a case management role, helping carers access and navigate systems related to patient care.

The Treehouse’s new hours will come in to effect from February 4.

Details: Kathy Kirby, 5422 9987