Gerald Burns Pharmacy has been awarded the WA Age Friendly Business Award at the 2020 WA Seniors Awards after instigating a twice-daily contactless delivery service for its customers, delivering medication in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Melville nominated the pharmacy for the award for aligning with the City’s outcome of advancing the aspirations of older residents by adapting its practices during the pandemic, including changing its opening hours to align with major supermarkets to enable older customers to get home safely by 8.00am.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly global network, the City continued to look for ways to improve the well-being of its older residents and commended Gerald Burns Pharmacy for their efforts.
“The pharmacy stepped up its efforts to assist older residents by providing in car vaccinations for 70 of their most vulnerable customers and facilitating a pen pal program during the pandemic between Bicton Primary School students and local seniors,” said Mayor Gear.
“Our priority is to ensure older residents have the opportunity to have fun, stay fit and meet new people and we run number Age Friendly events such as the Memory Café at Cibo Sano in Hawaiian’s Melville and the South of the River Forum to meet this goal.
“We also offer grants through our Age Friendly Assistance Fund, which includes services such as meal preparation, transport and shopping assistance, to help older residents maintain independence in their own home.
The pharmacy was awarded during a presentation ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday, 15 December 2020.