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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.

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Teen Ranch Visit with Mary Mackillop

8.05.2019 Admin News No Comments

Residents and staff of Mary Mackillop attended their annual bonding day on Tuesday 30th April  at Teen Ranch Cobbitty.

We started the day with a lovely morning tea hosted by Teen Ranch, and then moved on to horse therapy. As the residents groomed and nurtured the horses, it brought back many memories for those of our residents who grew up on and lived on the land.

The highlight of the day was of course the flying fox! Many of our staff and residents had the opportunity to tick this particular item off their bucket list and braved the swing. The expressions of fear, accomplishment, and joy highlighted this event. Our residents Bill, Ray, and Claire well and truly out swung the staff- this was a major victory for them!

It was on to archery next, which is always a challenging activity, testing the strength and dexterity of residents and staff alike. Congratulations to our staff member Jenny, and our resident Priscilla who both managed to hit the bulls eye!

We love these annual bonding days. Interaction between staff and residents outside of the work environment builds friendships and relationships, and residents have the opportunity to get to know our staff on a more personal level.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Di and the staff at Teen Ranch for their wonderful hospitality on the day, as well as the continued opportunity for our Mary Mackillop residents to come out and visit Teen Ranch.


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Swimming with Grasmere Terrace

6.05.2019 Admin News No Comments

This month has seen our Grasmere Terrace residents become increasingly interested in utlising the swimming pool that we have on site in our Recreation building.

Swimming is a low impact form of exercise that is accessible to people of all ages. Not only does it provide a great cardiovascular workout, it’s a workout for the whole body including the arms, back, and shoulders.

Each Monday the residents visit the Carrington swimming pool where they enjoy the water and get into the zone while swimming laps in the pool. There is also the opportunity to do exercises or to have a relaxing float in the water. It’s also a great social opportunity- where the residents have the chance to mix with residents from other facilities, and also those living in our retirement village.

We are really pleased with the level of interest that we have seen so far, and hope that the group grows larger in the future.

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Day Trip to Historical Aircraft Museum

1.05.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our Grevillea residents from Mary Mackillop recently enjoyed a day trip to the Historical Aircraft Museum in Albion Park. All of the residents and staff enjoyed getting up close to the planes and learning more about them. The Museum is an integral part of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1979 by a group of aviation enthusiasts who were interested in the preservation of Australian aviation history. 

As such, there are a number of restored aircraft from various points in our aviation history currently at the museum.

Our residents enjoyed a personal, guided tour from the father of Julie Philpott, our Pastoral Care Coordinator.

Thank you also to the lovely ladies in the museum cafe who went above and beyond to make the day so special for the residents, serving up a lovely lunch and afternoon tea of freshly baked cakes and slices.

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Austinmer Beach Trip

30.04.2019 Admin News No Comments

There’s something about the beach…

No matter the weather, a trip to the coastline to see the ocean is always an awe inspiring experience. Our Mary Mackillop residents recently ventured out to the Headlands Hotel in Austinmer for lunch. The once very old and run down hotel has undergone a face lift, and is now stunning with views to die for out over the coastline.

The residents enjoyed the food and drinks, and even had time to drive home via the sea cliff bridge before heading home once more to Carrington.

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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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