On Tuesday the 28th August the residents from Mary MacKillop had the opportunity to compete with Magdalene high school students in a shoot and shuffle competition. The event was filmed by Channel 7 News and it appear in the local news paper next week.
The residents thoroughly enjoy participating in shoot and shuffle weekly at Mary MacKillop using their skills and maintaining their hand and eye coordination. The residents were a great challenge for the students and it came down to the wire. Both teams were neck and neck and then a Magdalene student hit one of Carrington’s pucks off the board to give Magdalene the win and the trophy.
The residents described the day as wonderful and exciting and they look forward to the next challenge for a chance to win the trophy- we are hoping to make this a regular occurrence with Magdalene students.
Many thanks to Steve and Andrew Mortimer from Australian Shuffleboard who organised, ran and refereed the competition.
Thank you also to Magdalene High School for their hospitality and ongoing support in bridging the gap between generations.
Carrington has partnered with Dementia Australia to provide our staff with the latest training in dementia.
Enabling EDIE uses virtual reality technology to enhance staff member’s knowledge of the impact of dementia and to develop a support plan that enables ‘Edie’ and his wife to live more confidently with dementia.
The aim of this workshop is to better understand dementia from the perspective of the consumer through an Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (Enabling EDIE). This three hour workshop introduces a ‘enablement’ approach, focusing positively on what people can do, given appropriate support, and on the possibilities for living well with dementia.
At the end of the session students will understand:
a consumer’s perspective of dementia
how to identify support needs in partnership with the client and their carer
how to develop a dementia support plan that focuses on enabling a person living with dementia
Staff feedback was extremely positive and all felt they understood how to care for a resident and support their families more effectively.
Recently, our residents from Grasmere Terrace attended the Elderslie Early Learning Day Care Centre to meet the young generation of today, joining in on various activities including: The making of play dough, one on one interaction with the children, drawing/arts and craft, and making dog biscuits together- which are then donated to the Rossmore Animal Facility.
The residents very much enjoy interacting with those from younger generations. The team at Grasmere Terrace are hoping to make these visits regular ones, with many of the residents already asking when they will be returning.
Thank you to Elderslie Early Learning for having us!
On Wed 8 August 2018, Meaningful Ageing Australia launched their latest high quality resource: the Spirituality in Aged Care Professional Development Program Leader’s Manual.
Aged care in Australia is changing. This program assists organisations to engage all staff in understanding spirituality as more than religion, and to build their sensitivity and capability to respond to each person’s spiritual need.
When the board chair of Meaningful Ageing, Ross Low, launched the resource, he said, “Meaningful Ageing Australia helps organisations understand and respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of older people. In a time when there are so many sad stories circulating about aged care, we are ensuring that organisations are being equipped to build more and more positive aged care stories. Stories where each older person can say ‘They knew me, they understood what mattered most, and I could trust them’.
As this resource is used around Australia:
May staff in aged care feel encouraged and equipped
May older people feel truly seen and heard
And may the Australian community feel more confident in the quality of care we are offering their loved ones.”
Carrington is proud to support the important work of Meaningful Ageing Australia, in particular with the involvement of Raad Richards, Carrington’s Chief Executive’s participation on their board.
Pictured L-R Meaningful Ageing board members and CEO at the launch
Back row: John Ireland, Mark Butler, Ross Low, Sonya Smart