We have recently had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful testimonial from one of our Independent Living Residents, Graham Shelley-Jones.
In full the testimonial reads:
“I applaud the royal commission into aged care, but I plead for a degree of calm as we delve into one of the most emotional areas of our society. As a husband who has had to commit to his wife of 55 years to an aged care facility, I am qualified to offer an opinion. I am delighted to say that she is in the best of places and receiving a very high standard of care.
I am sure we will uncover horror stories as we dig deeply into various facilities around Australia. But I ask for some thought to be spared for a very large group of nurses and carers who carry out their demanding and challenging duties every day of the week. Their grace, genuine care, and even love for their patients is an absolute joy to behold, and I am so very grateful to them.
Yes, there are a few rotten eggs, but let’s keep things in perspective as we trawl through the industry and, if possible, let us encourage further improvements for everyone.”
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
We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful area that is rich with history from back when Australia was settled. Camden especially is a town that is brimming with interesting stories, historical figures, and sites. One such site is Belgenny Farm.
Established in 1805 by John and Elizabeth Macarthur, Belgenny Farm contains some of the earliest collections of colonial farm buildings in the whole of Australia. Today, the property at Belgenny Farm and it’s buildings serve as an educational centre, with direct links back to Australia’s rich agricultural history. It is also apparently an increasingly popular venue for weddings, business functions, and other private or community events.
Recently, some of our residents from Paling Court enjoyed a trip out to Belgenny Farm for the day, to get a taste of the ‘rural life’ that Camden is known for. It was a fantastic time for the residents, who were able to reminisce about their own experiences with farm life. Many of our residents were born and raised during a time when farming still played a large part in the fabric of the towns they grew up in.
Residents enjoyed the beautiful sunshine, and had a chance to see some of the farm animals. Many of the residents are very much looking forward to coming back in the future.
To celebrate Game III of State of Origin, our residents at Carrington enjoyed a hot pie for lunch recently.
Pictured here are Brittany and Maureen, one of our residents here at Carrington. Maureen is celebrating a successful series campaign for Team NSW, while Brittany is mourning the outcome of the series for the Maroons. The kitchen at Carrington has always been wonderful when it comes to catering to all of the different festive events being celebrated throughout the year.
From pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, to Chinese on Chinese New Year, all sorts of tasty treats are highly anticipated and very much welcomed by the residents at Carrington.
We recently had the pleasure of celebrating a special milestone with one of our longest standing volunteers. Earlier this month Sheila Murdoch celebrated her 100th Birthday- she has been volunteering with us at Carrington for 60 years.
Even after reaching this special milestone, Sheila has no plans of slowing down. Sheila plays the piano every Friday in one of our four residential care facilities, where she is joined by others in the music group she plays in known as ‘The Melody Makers.’
Sheila considers playing the piano as pure enjoyment for her- she grew up in a musical family and still recalls learning the piano from her mother, and another teacher back in the 1930’s.
Sheila has said that there is no big secret to reaching 100- she has been amazed by the advances that she has seen in medicine, telecommunications, technology, and science over the past 100 years.
Carrington marked the special occasion with morning tea at Paling Court for Sheila, along with a delicious cake, some flowers, and a special commemorative plaque to highlight her achievements in volunteering.
Happy 100th Birthday Sheila, and best wishes for the years ahead!
Our residents from Mary Mackillop recently had a wonderful day at the Blue Mountains. Despite the chilly weather, the residents and accompanying staff members had the opportunity to enjoy a packed lunch of sandwiches and desserts.
Nature put on a real show for the group, thanks in part to the chilly weather on the day! One minute you could clearly see the Three Sisters and the surrounding escarpments, the next minute they were covered by wispy clouds! The opportunity to take a couple of snaps came around a few minutes later, when the clouds suddenly parted once more.
Some of the residents had never seen the Three Sisters before, so it was a great opportunity to learn more about Australia’s strong Aboriginal Heritage. Many described the beautiful formation as breathtaking and awe inspiring.
The residents of Werombi Court always look forward to their Wednesday morning pamper sessions.
Karen is a qualified beautician who generously volunteers her time to provide some pampering to our residents. Pictured here is Nancy and Karen, catching up over a cup of tea and a shiny new coat of nail polish.
Both men and women enjoy manicures, hand and arm massages, and the ladies always look forward to a fresh coat of nail polish. This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents to socialise and make new friends with people in the community. They always look forward to a new face and friend.
A big thank you to Karen, whose bright and cheery disposition brings such happiness to our residents each week!
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