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A Trip to Bowral Tulip Festival

25.10.2019 Admin News No Comments

Every year towards the end of September, Bowral becomes the place to be as hundreds flock to the annual ‘Tulip Time’ Festival.

This year was no exception, with our residents from Grasmere Terrace making the annual trip down to Bowral. On display were 34 different types of tulips in a dazzling array of colours.

The residents were also able to view art work from local preschools and schools displayed throughout the gardens.

The residents are very much looking forward to next year’s trip in 2020.

 

Melody Makers Reunite!

25.10.2019 Admin News No Comments

Aged just 101, Sheila Murdoch has been playing music for as long as she can remember. Having recently moved into our Mary Mackillop facility, Sheila was delighted to be reunited with Richard, another Mary Mackillop resident.

Richard and Sheila started playing music together for our residents at Werombi Court many years ago! Over time they were joined by Lawrie, Kevin, and George. For the past 20 years, this special group has been known as ‘The Melody Makers’, and have been a regular fixture at Carrington ever since.

Together, they have taken great pleasure in providing musical entertainment for countless Carrington residents. Their passion for their craft is evident to see, and it’s an absolute joy to watch them play music together.

Sheila is looking forward to continuing playing music with her friends for many years to come!

Aged Care Employee Day 2019

27.08.2019 Admin News No Comments

Aged Care Employee Day was held this year on the 7th of August.

It is an official day to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people who work in the age services industry across Australia.

We commemorated this special day with celebrations for our staff throughout the day, including a BBQ lunch held out on the lawn in front of Carrington House.

Intergenerational Interactions with Elderslie Family Day Care

27.08.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our residents from Grasmere Terrace recently enjoyed a visit to the local Bunnings for their regular intergenerational program. This time, the residents had the opportunity to interact with the children from Elderslie Family Day Care.

This program allows us to bridge the gap between the two generations. Intergenerational programs are of huge benefit to both our seniors and the children, as they not only maintain connections to the local community, but have also proven to have positive effects on both young and old, including those living with dementia.

Our residents and the children were able to interact through spending time together reading story books, and playing with playdough.

We are looking forward to continuing with this intergenerational program!

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Staff Member Farewell

9.07.2019 Admin News 1 Comment

We would like to extend our congratulations to Madeleine on her new role! Madeleine has been a valued part of the care team at our Mary Mackillop Facility, and for the past three years has been completing her nursing degree at Western Sydney University.

Madeleine has been an asset to our team, displaying a caring and compassionate nature. She has excelled in her care for our residents, and was always very professional. The staff at Mary Mackillop especially held Madeleine in high regard.

During her time with us, Madeleine took the opportunity to learn as much as she could about the complex and chronic nature of aged care residents, and how to bring a wonderful quality of life to those that she cared for.

She was able to develop her time management skills, her leadership through ongoing mentoring with our RN’s and Team Leaders, and her skills in wound management whilst working under the guidance of the RN team.

It has been great to see her graduate and officially become a Registered Nurse. We wish Madeleine all the best as she takes up a position as a Registered Nurse at Dubbo Base Hospital. Congratulations again Madeleine, and best wishes for your future endeavours!

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Mary Mackillop staff at Madeleine’s farewell

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Madeleine with her present from the Mary Mackillop team- a nurse’s watch with her name engraved on it

 

 

Paling Court Berrima Trip

5.07.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our Paling Court residents ventured off to Berrima recently, to visit the Historical Court House and Jail.

A delicious morning tea of Macadamia Tart, Pear and Apple Torte, and freshly ground coffee was enjoyed by the group. The residents then went on to look at the local churches, and stopped to enjoy the beauty of these historical buildings.

It was on wards then, to Moss Vale showgrounds to view the old horse stables and cattle yards, where the residents enjoyed a picnic on the bus. The last leg of the trip was down through Robertson, where the beautiful green scenery was on full display, as well as the cows in their pastures!

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Our Volunteer Bus Driver Jerry is ready to go!

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The beautiful historical buildings of Berrima

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The beautiful historical buildings of Berrima

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The beautiful historical buildings of Berrima

 

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One of our Paling Court residents with Mandy McEwen, Leisure and Lifestyle staff member

 

Blue Mountains Trip

24.06.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our Mary Mackillop residents had a great trip up to the Blue Mountains last week. The first stop was at Wentworth Falls, where the residents stopped at a lovely lake filled with bird life to quickly stretch their legs.

It was onward then to Blackheath, where the group stopped at Govett’s Leap Lookout to view Bridal Veil Falls cascading down the mountainside. Unfortunately due to the lack of rain it was more a trickle than a waterfall, but still an awe inspiring site regardless!

The residents had the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch while staying nice and warm dressed in scarves, gloves, and beanies. Many of the residents had not had the opportunity to visit the Blue Mountains area before, so it was a wonderful introduction to a stunning part of NSW.

On the way home the residents stopped in at the information centre, where a movie was showing that displayed some of the stunning photography of the local area.

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Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser

3.06.2019 Admin News No Comments

Residents from all four of our residential aged care facilities recently gathered in our Recreation Hall to celebrate Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. This is a fundraiser that we are proud to participate in each year.

We are thankful for the generosity of our local community, and received donations from Cake Biz, Bakers Delight Camden, Creme de la Creme, GCM, Donut King Narellan, and Coffee & Co Narellan. Our staff and Werombi Court residents also showed off their baking skills and donated some tasty treats.

We were entertained by the duo Fred’s Ginger during the morning tea, who specialise in 50’s and 60’s music. Some staff and residents even hit the dance floor to burn off all the sugar!

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Wellness Club + Kris’ Feathered Friends

3.06.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our Community Care Wellness Club recently joined forces with our Residential community for a day of entertainment and music.

We absolutely loved having Kris’ Feathered Friends and her colourful friends out to entertain the residents, as well as two of our very own volunteers Trish and Mark. Trish and Mark make up the very popular husband and wife singing duo, the Honey Sippers.

We would like to extend our appreciation for their time and putting smiles on so many faces. We would also like to extend our heart-felt gratitude to Southern Cross Funeral Directors who sponsor Kris and made our day possible.

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Carrington wins Organisation Award at 2019 LASA State Awards

8.05.2019 Admin News No Comments

Carrington was recently elected as a finalist in the LASA State Awards in the category of ‘Team’ for our Wellness Club Program + Pastoral Care Program, and ‘Organisation’ for services and innovation.

We are pleased to announce that our organisation was named as the winner in it’s category! Congratulations to every single one of our staff members for your commitment and dedication to our residents and clients.

A big congratulations must also go to the teams involved in our Wellness Club and Pastoral Care programs. Please click the link below to read LASA’s press release about the award winners.

LASA Press Release

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