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ANZAC Day

26.04.2019 Admin News No Comments

ANZAC Day forms such an important part of the fabric of Australian culture, and it is great to see it commemorated each year in April. It was great to see some of our Werombi Court and Mary Mackillop residents recently observe the occasion with the children from the Early Learning Hub Daycare at Spring Farm.

The residents received a very warm welcome from the children, and Graham East, a war veteran from Mary Mackillop gave a heartfelt speech about his experiences in combat. It was a beautiful and respectful service, and the residents then joined the children for morning tea.

Thank you to the Early Learning Hub Daycare at Spring Farm for having us, and we are looking forward to continuing this new relationship with ongoing trips to the daycare.

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Mary Mackillop Celebrations

Our Mary Mackillop staff and residents observed the occasion with a special presentation to their residents who had served in combat. The residents were presented with certificates thanking them for their service before they attended Carrington’s annual ANZAC Day ceremony on the 24th April.

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I Care For Aged Care

18.04.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our Chief Executive Raad Richards is proud to support Leading Age Services Australia’s (LASA) federal campaign ‘I Care For Aged Care’

LASA is seeking to make aged care a major talking point in the upcoming federal election. LASA’s recent campaign launch for ‘I Care For Aged Care’ aims to highlight key issues impacting on the delivery of quality care and services for older Australians, as well as offering solutions to make the current aged care system better.

Our Chief Executive Raad Richards recently met with LASA to discuss the campaign. Raad is pictured below with Angus Taylor, Member for Hume and Minister for Energy, and Tim Hicks, LASA’s General Manager of Policy and Advocacy.

LASA’s ‘I Care For Aged Care’ campaign is hoping to have politicians address:

  • the funding emergency in residential aged care
  • the unacceptable impact on older Australians that sees more than 120,000 older Australians waiting, sometimes for more than year, to receive essential care and services in their own homes

For more information about the ‘I Care For Aged Care’ campaign, visit Leading Age Services Australia at https://lasa.asn.au/

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Latin Dancing Group Day

29.03.2019 Admin News No Comments

Today all four facilities came together in the Recreation Hall to enjoy a morning of socialising and Latin dancing.

Rene and Lyndsay are a local couple from Grasmere who are passionate about dance. They put on several performances for us, including the Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.

Residents and staff got involved in trying out the moves in their chairs or taking to the stage to show off their skills. There was lots of laughter and smiles from everyone and some facilities will be booking them in for future dance lessons. We look forward to seeing Rene and Lyndsay out at Carrington again very soon!

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Doll Therapy at Grasmere Terrace

29.03.2019 Admin News No Comments

This month, Grasmere Terrace were lucky enough to have Carol volunteer her time and bring in her reborn dolls for the residents to hold, cuddle, and talk to. Many memories were discussed between the residents as they shared stories from their past.

Carol kindly donated one of her dolls for the residents in the facility- it will become part of the Carrington family. The reborn dolls are not only a delight for the eyes, but also a very unique piece of craftsmanship that is incredibly realistic and life like. Reborn dolls are increasingly being used in an aged care setting, as they help female and male residents with reliving past memories.

Thank you Carol for your time! Pictured below are some of our Grasmere Terrace residents with the reborn dolls.

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Retail Therapy Day

5.03.2019 Admin News No Comments

We recently had the opportunity to put on a Retail Therapy morning for our residents in the Recreation Hall. Residents from all four of our facilities were able to pick up some bargains from Bloom’s Pharmacy, Ma and Pa’s Fashion, and The Body Shop.

The residents were assisted by family and staff to try on clothes and shoes, with some lucky enough to receive a relaxing hand massage with some of the scented hand creams at the Body Shop Stall.

After a morning of shopping, the residents sat together and enjoyed a cuppa, cake, and a chat. It was a successful morning, and we are looking forward to potentially setting up some stalls in each facility for special events such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Our next Facility Group Day will be on Thursday 28th March where residents will be able to watch (and participate if they wish), in some Latin Dancing. Residents will also have the opportunity to book private dance lessons at a later date.

Thank you to the staff from Bloom’s Pharmacy, Ma and Pa’s Fashion, and The Body Shop for making this day so special for our residents.

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Grasmere Terrace Visit to Elderslie Early Learning Centre

5.03.2019 Admin News No Comments

We absolutely love the partnerships that we’ve built with local preschools and day cares in the area. It’s so wonderful to see our residents interacting with the children every time they go to visit. Residents from Grasmere Terrace in particular very much enjoy their visits to Elderslie Early Learning Centre, which they undertake on a monthly basis.

On their most recent visit, the residents interacted with the children by playing ball/catch, and helped with the building of magnet structures. After the activities had ended, everyone came together to share lunch.

It was great to hear from the children as well, who read stories with the residents and shared some of their favourite songs in a sing-along.

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Seniors Week

26.02.2019 Admin News No Comments

As Part of Seniors Week, Paling Court’s Leisure and Lifestyle team have networked and liaised with other community organisations. They all came together at the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens recently, for a sensory walk with the residents. 

 The Aboriginal Elders that were present took the residents and staff on a Bush Tucker Walk, where residents had the opportunity to taste and smell some of the different bush foods present in the Gardens. The residents were also educated by park rangers on the different kinds of flora and fauna present in the Gardens. The residents were then treated to a BBQ lunch that was prepared by a local Men’s Group.

The residents are very much looking forward to future gatherings and taking part in other local community events. 

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New Uniforms!

19.02.2019 Admin News No Comments

Over the past year, we’ve been trialing and rolling out new uniforms for the care staff in all four Residential Aged Care facilities. The new uniforms are designed to be more breathable, easier to move around in, and cooler in the summer when we hit those extreme temperatures!

It was like the first day of school all over again down at Mary Mackillop recently, when a number of staff received their brand new uniforms for the first time.

The staff were very proud to show off their new uniforms to the residents and to each other!

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Valentines Day at Werombi Court

18.02.2019 Admin News No Comments

Werombi Court residents were feeling the love this Valentines day! Parry, Rothbury and Rose residents have recently enjoyed each other’s company whilst making cards for fellow residents and students. These decorated the tables throughout the facility, along with heart chocolates.

Our new volunteer photographer Colin kindly came in and offered his time and services to take photos of the residents. Some enjoyed posing it up for the cameras solo or with loved ones and staff. The photo sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by all, bringing laughter and a sense of excitement to the facility. We are looking forward to having Colin return for other events!

The residents have also enjoyed sharing old photos with friends, and making collages to brighten up the walls in their rooms. It was a wonderful time recently for social fun, reminiscence, and the building of friendships between the residents. Below are some of the lovely photographs that were taken throughout the day!

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Australia Day

25.01.2019 Admin News No Comments

We marked Australia Day early this week, with our residents getting involved in all sorts of themed activities.

Grasmere Terrace

Grasmere Terrace residents enjoyed a competitive round of trivia, thong throwing, and a themed Happy Hour. Grasmere Terraces’ pet therapy puppy Cooper made sure he didn’t miss out on the fun!

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Mary Mackillop

Mary Mackillop’s residents had a wonderful time this week, with plenty of arts and craft, active fun during exercises, and a special performance from the Honey Sippers at Happy Hour this week.

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Paling Court

Paling Court residents beat the heat today with ball games in one of the lounge areas.

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Werombi Court

Werombi Court residents had plenty of activities to take part in this week, including bush collages in arts and craft, singalongs, and an afternoon session making lamingtons to enjoy.

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