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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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!
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.
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.
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.