Judy lives a fuller life thanks to Carer Support bus trips
Judy Rutherford looked after her sick husband for several years and after he passed, she spent another few years recovering from knee replacements. After making a physical recovery, Judy realised that she needed to get back into society if she was to live a fuller, more satisfying life.
“I started doing Pilates and I joined a painting group (affectionately called the “nattering group”) at Elizabeth House in Christie Downs. While at the painting group I heard about Carer Support and their bus outings,” said Judy.
“After a short meeting with a couple of lovely people from Carer Support, my bus trips evolved.”
Judy’s first On the Buses outing was to the Monarto Zoo in May 2018 and she says that she has loved every trip since then.
“I find it difficult to say how much getting on a bus and getting out somewhere interesting means to me. Words can’t describe how much I have enjoyed these trips. They sustain me and my life is socially busy and fun at last. Each month I look forward to my bus outing,” Judy told us.
When asked if she would recommend On the Buses to others, Judy confirmed wholeheartedly, telling us that life is about more than just sitting at home. She acknowledges that sometimes people can be afraid to put themselves out there or they just don’t realise how much Carer Support can help them.
Judy says, “I’m always amazed at how happy everyone on the bus trips is. Carer Support really has helped me get back my life.”
If you are over the age of 65 (or 50 for people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background) and you feel lonely or you have difficulty getting out and about, our bus outings provide an uplifting opportunity to meet new people, see new places, and enjoy some time out. Buses depart from our Campbelltown, Glandore and Morphett Vale Centres and we can provide taxi vouchers if you have any difficulty getting to those pick up points. Trips only cost $11 (includes bus trip and lunch). A Social Support Group referral code from My Aged Care is required to be eligible to attend.