By Aline Rodrigues
Erika Freingruber’ recent history is an example of how important is to be part of the Care Army.
She is an 80-year-old lady who lives alone in her home in Beaudesert. She fell, breaking her hips and, for four days, had to lie on the floor, unable to move.
Fortunately, Erika had registered for assistance with the Care Army during COVID-19. So a member of the group’s community recovery team raised concerns with Beaudesert police on April 23rd after not being able to contact the 80-year-old.
Instantly, the officers attended Erika’s address and forced entry to the residence. That was what saved her life because she fell over several days earlier and was unable to get assistance.
“If the police officers wouldn’t have come, I don’t think I would be sitting here… every doctor who came he has said: you don’t know how lucky you are to be alive”; explained Freingruber from her bed at Brisbane’s QEII Hospital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Erika’s rescue graphically illustrated the crucial work of the Care Army and Police. “This is what Queenslanders are all about – looking out for each other, caring for each other and protecting each other”.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll shares the same Palaszczuk’ opinion, once Erika registered for assistance with the Care Army and through the systems in place, police were able to get to her before it was too late.
“We need to make sure everyone in our community is being looked after during these times, particularly those more vulnerable such as older people, those with a medical condition and people who live alone”, Commissioner Carroll said.
Who also spoke about this event was the Police Minister Mark Ryan. “The Beaudesert Police Officers who went to Erika’s house are to be commended for the speed and humanity of their actions. This was world class caring for vulnerable members of our community”.
The Care Army is about bringing Queenslanders together to lend a hand to seniors and people most at-risk during this pandemic, while continuing to practice social distancing techniques.
The easiest way to be a part of the Care Army is to check in on family, friends and neighbours who may need support.
To register for the Care Army on the Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349 or visit qld.gov.au/CareArmy