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!
First established in 1886, Avon Cosmetics has been empowering women for over 130 years. Sadly, quite recently Avon has announced it’s decision to close operations in Australia and New Zealand in 2018.
Avon and Carrington have had a long standing relationship. Recognising this, recently Grasmere Terrace had one last Avon sale, giving their residents from our retirement village and from Grasmere Terrace facility the opportunity to purchase some last time offers on products and skin care. Giving our residents the opportunity to purchase external goods for their own personal use has always remained important to us.
A big thank you to Kim Scholte for making these fantastic products available for our residents.
Morning Melodies at the Campbelltown Catholic Club is a regular fixture on the Leisure and Lifestyle program down at Mary Mackillop. Earlier this month, 21 residents from the facility attended the latest concert. This concert in particular was a special occasion, as Rowena, a staff member from Mary Mackillop was the first act of the morning.
Rowena was mesmerising with her classic tunes, and you could have heard a pin drop as the whole audience watched in awe. Our residents were very much amazed by her talent!
Rowena was followed by Joey Fimmano who wowed the crowd with his talents on piano and the accordion. Afterwards, the residents were able to enjoy a 2 course lunch at the club- it was a great morning out for all.
Over the next few weeks we will be doing a series of educational posts designed to provide information about My Aged Care, and how you can access those services.
My Aged Care was introduced in 2013 by the Australian Federal Government, and serves as the main entry point to the aged care system in Australia (for both residential care, and getting extra help to stay at home). My Aged Care aims to make it easier for older people, their families, and carers to access information on ageing and aged care.
My Aged Care consists of the website (myagedcare.gov.au), and the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.
My Aged Care currently provides:
1. Information about aged care to consumers, family members, and carers 2. Information for service providers 3. Online service finders that provide information about aged care providers and assessors 4. Online fee estimators for pricing on home care packages and residential care.
We know how hard it can be to navigate the aged care system for the first time. Carrington’s Customer Service Team can help you get started with My Aged Care. Call us on 1300 590 590 today.
Staff at Paling Court have recently started a new activity with their residents- they are calling it armchair travel, which involves the residents and accompanying staff members immersing themselves in the culture of a particular country. Usually, the country that is chosen is one that one of the residents has a strong connection with through their heritage and family.
This month, the country of choice was South Africa. Residents were given their very own passports to travel with, and staff had food samples for residents to experience some of the traditional meals served on the African Continent, and South Africa. Fat Cake, Fizzers, Roobois, Koeksisters, and Wine Gums were all on offer for our residents and staff to try.
Some of the residents chose to wear a traditional head piece, and enjoyed listening to the beating drums of traditional African music. Mary, one of our residents from South Africa also had a conversation in Zulu with one of our staff members who also has African Heritage.