Lloyd and Leith still enjoy independent living

Lloyd and Leith Linson-Smith will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary this year – a marvellous milestone for any couple.

They have made a formidable team and shared many successes and adventures together during that time.

Lloyd was an engineer and was always plotting new ideas and designing inventions.

“I have designed and patented 22 inventions over the past 20 years,” Lloyd said.

One of his most successful inventions was the Super Drill that was featured on the ABC television series New Inventors.

Lloyd and Leith then travelled extensively, selling the invention all over the world.

His most recent invention is a personal shopping trolley with three folding baskets that fits into a four-wheel trolley and can be neatly folded and stowed in a car boot.

They moved to Toowoomba six years ago after spending 20 years on a property between Toowoomba and Oakey.

They enjoy their independence and living how they like in their own home.

Their government subsidised Home Care Package means they can continue to enjoy living in their own home on their own terms.

“We are independent. We can come and go as we wish here. We can even sleep in if we like and have the lifestyle that we enjoy,” Lloyd said.

“If we moved into a retirement village we would have to abide by different rules. Staying in our own home means we don’t have to relinquish our independence.”

Leith suffers from bad arthritis which makes some household chores difficult for her.

Fortunately, their Home Care Package covers the cost of assistance for services they need such as yard maintenance, ironing, cleaning and dusting. Leith also receives home visits from a physiotherapist for massage and exercise and Lloyd is waiting for his new mobility scooter to arrive.

Home modifications are also covered in their package which meant they could get a timber platform and handrail installed to make it safer for them to access between the laundry and garage.

“I suffer from macular degeneration so the extra help with our grocery shopping has been very useful as well,” Lloyd said.

A Home Care Package is one form of aged care provided by the Australian Government to help older people live independently at home for as long as possible.

Once you have been approved and assigned a Home Care Package, you can then choose what services you need and who will provide those services for you. This approach gives you more choice and flexibility to get the services that suit you.

YellowBridge QLD is an approved provider of Home Care Packages in the Toowoomba region.

Using funds from your Home Care Package, you can choose from YellowBridge’s extensive range of home care services that are designed to meet your needs.

Services range from personal and domestic help in your home to nursing care, medication management, transport, home improvements, yard maintenance and social excursions.

YellowBridge provides you with a dedicated case manager who will help you identify your needs and develop a budget so you get the best value from your Home Care Package.

If you are not sure where to start and need some help, YellowBridge’s case manager Jane Barker will give you all the support and information you need to apply for and receive a Home Care Package.

Meanwhile, Lloyd and Leith are enjoying staying independent and active as much as possible.

“I still churn concepts and design ideas over in my mind. I have three grandsons and they are engineers so I like to send them my ideas,” Llyod said.

“It’s good to stay mentally and physically active. I turned 90 last year and I wouldn’t wish to trade any one of those days or my family for anything.”

To find out more about Home Care Packages, phone YellowBridge QLD on 1300 882 764.

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