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Meeting Ruth

Aisha meets Ruth to determine her needs, and assess whether Ruth is eligible for travel training.

This first meeting with Ruth is incredibly important. It is the best time for Aisha to learn as much as she can about Ruth. By talking with Ruth and asking her questions, Aisha is able to learn about Ruth's transport objectives, her situation, her barriers to access, and her levels of need and capability.

Click each question to see its answer and learn more about Ruth. Then click ‘Next' to continue.
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Well, as you can see, I live in Sheedys Gully just outside of Lithgow, and have for many years. Before that my late husband and I lived in Katoomba. I still have a lot of friends there and I go to a specialist there.

I need to go to the specialist every 6 months. I also want to visit my old friends in Katoomba.

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My husband, Lance, passed away a few months ago. He did the driving.

Since then, a friend from Katoomba has sometimes been able to pick me up and drop me back. But they aren't available very often, so I think I need to get the bus or train in there.

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I've never needed to use it before. I'm not against it, but Lance always did the driving, and so I've never really used public transport.

I wouldn't know the first thing about timetables or whatnot. I don't even know if I can do it, it might be too hard.

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I don't know how the local bus system works, but I do know that there are buses around here. There's a stop not far from my place, and I hear the bus go past during the day.

And I know there's a train station at Lithgow, and it goes into Katoomba. That's about it.

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What, you mean getting out and about?

Don't worry about me – I may be in my 70s, but I'm relatively active. In fact that's what I'm itching to do on the weekends – I used to have movie days with my old Katoomba friends, and go out to lunch. I haven't done that too much recently.

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I take medication for high blood pressure and visit the specialist in Katoomba every 6 months for a check-up, but I don't have any health issues that concern me.

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