Carrington’s award winning partnership with Magdalene Catholic High School was celebrated at the annual ‘Through Our Eyes’ presentation on Tuesday 8th August 2017.
This year nineteen Year 11 students spent three months meeting with nine residents from across all Carrington residential care facilities encouraging the residents to share their stories and memories as part of the ‘Through Our Eyes’ project.
Students collated the information they had gathered from their conversations with residents and presented it back to the residents and their families and friends as a memento for them to keep.
The audience of residents, family, friends, students, teachers of Magdalene Catholic High School and staff of Carrington enjoyed a short video presentation that students had developed as part of their project on each of the residents Some of the feedback received included:
‘I just feel blessed that I was able to experience little bits of life, that hopefully I’ll never have to experience myself, but Maureen’s been strong enough to live through.’ Maddison Saysonavongpheth – student from Magdalene Catholic High School.
‘The program affirmed for us and for my dad that his life story and experience is valued by someone outside the immediate family. It provided him with a rewarding link with the younger generation.’ Julie Vanderburg – daughter of resident Phil Scarlett.
Special thanks to Shareen Borg, Head Teacher, Magdalene Catholic High School for the ongoing commitment to the success of this wonderful program.
The ‘Through Our Eyes’ program has been operating for seven years and was the winner of the 2016 National Aged Care Quality Pastoral and Spiritual Care Practice Award, presented by Meaningful Ageing Australia.
Resident Maureen Green, daughter Sandra with students Beth and Maddison
Phil Scarlett with students Julia and Stephanie
David Archer and student Olivia
Carrington Pastoral Care Coordinator Julie Philpott and Magdalene Catholic High School teacher Shareen Borg
Residents and Students celebrate following the presentation
Wow! Yet another brilliant turn out for the annual Carrington Fair.
The Board and Management of Carrington express their sincere gratitude to the many residents, family, friends and staff that once again volunteered their services in making the annual Carrington Fair a successful and enjoyable day.
The Fair attracts many visitors to Carrington and by all accounts everyone enjoyed the day and the glorious weather.
We would like to thank our many sponsors for their generosity and commitment to our residents, without your assistance this day would not be as successful.
Winners of this year’s Major Raffle are as follows:
1st Prize: CASH CHEQUE: – Valued at $1,500.00 – Mr E Dixon Ticket 3321
2nd Prize:HELLOWORLD AT CAMDEN TRAVEL: – Valued at $1,000.00 – Ivy Gorman Ticket 5908.
3rd Prize:PATCH WORK QUILT: – Valued at $600 – Jean Porter Ticket 5966
4th Prize: BALLOON ALOFT GIFT VOUCHER’S: – Valued at $598.00 – Ossie and Anne Bruckard
5th Prize: BUNNINGS GIFT VOUCHER: – Valued at $500.00 – Lorna Storey Ticket 6830
6th Prize :WATER COLOUR PAINTING: – Valued at $400.00 – Maria Morphew Ticket 3306
Raad Richards enjoying engaging the crowd at the Chocolate Wheel
David with Carrington Clowns
Phil and Bryce
Thank you to Chris, Joe, Carole, Barbara & Mrs O’Brien
Carrington was thrilled to share in the 100th birthday celebration of Joyce Morley, resident of Mary Mackillop facility. Joyce was joined by friends and family members at a special morning tea on Wednesday 14th June 2017. Everyone enjoyed the cake baked especially for the occasion by Carrington’s chef Paul.
Terry Morley (Joyce’s son) spoke on behalf of the family and thanked Carrington for the great care given to his mum by staff at Mary Mackillop.
Joyce received special congratulatory messages from Queen Elizabeth II; Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP; The Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian MP; His Excellency General the Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove; Governor of NSW the Hon. David Hurley; Member for Hume, Angus Taylor MP; and Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP.
Dan Tehan Minister for Veterans’ Affairs also wrote to Joyce in glowing terms acknowledging the service of her late husband Russell, and for the support she gave him, and the tireless work she carried out for Legacy. This service was further acknowledged by Mr Bob Roach, Vietnam Veteran, who attended on behalf of Legacy.
On Monday 22nd May 2017 Carrington hosted a delegation of Geriatricians and Architects from Thailand.
The purpose of the delegation to Australia was information gathering on aged care provision and services as they develop similar services in Thailand. Carrington was chosen as a centre of excellence with the delegation having a very full itinerary with visits to a number of aged care providers in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.
Carrington’s Chief Executive, Raad Richards welcomed the group to Carrington and was delighted to be joined by Professor Deb Parker, Member of the Carrington Board and Professor of Aged Care (Dementia) at UTS; Dr Tasneem Mayat, Geriatrician at SSWAHS; and Carrington’s clinical team; Julie Barry, Jacqueline Murray, and Rachel Hall led by Greer Jones, Executive Manager Residential Care.
Carrington once again held an ANZAC Day Commemoration Service at the William Paling Memorial Walk site alongside the Commemorative Fountain on Monday 24th April 2017.
This years event was well attended and enjoyed by residents of Carrington, their family and friends, invited guests; The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Member for Hume; Chris Patterson MP, Member for Camden; Superintendent Ward Hansen, NSW Police; Members of the Carrington Board of Directors; and Camden Council representatives.
Iain Richard-Evan, President of the Camden RSL Sub-Branch led the service in beautiful sunshine. This Service has been held at Carrington for the last fourteen years and is well received by all our residents who continue to pay their respects to the fallen, many of them being ex-servicemen and women.
Carrington acknowledges and thanks all those involved in making this day a very special day of remembrance.
Chief Executive Raad Richards and Carrington Board Chairman Bruce Hanrahan
The 2017 Camden Show was well received again this year, even though the heavy rain and weather conditions presented some challenges!
Carrington was a major sponsor this year and held two stands at the Show, The Carrington Information Stand and the Scone, Jam and Cream Stand.
Our hospitality staff were kept extremely busy in the lead up to the Show and baked over 2500 scones which sold out very quickly over the two day event.
Carrington was pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our wonderful facilities and services that are available on our picturesque semi-rural site located 3klms from the Camden township along with the vast array of Community Care services available to care recipients in their homes.
Well done to all our staff, volunteers and residents that worked tirelessly to ensure a successful event.
Carrington resident Iris Walker celebrated her 100th birthday in Mary Mackillop with family and friends on Thursday 23rd March 2017.
Iris moved to Carrington on 28th January 1997 and took up residency in the Self Care Retirement Village. Iris has since moved into supported care in Mary Mackillop facility.
The Chief Executive, Raad Richards attended the birthday celebration and had much pleasure in reading the many letters of congratulations received from both Federal and State Members of Parliament, the Governor General and Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, Queen of England.
‘After moving to Engadine in the Sutherland Shire when we were first married we had three children and lived there for 21 years. We then moved to Woodbine near Campbelltown and having raised three wonderful children during that time Virginia and I retired at the end of 2010 when I was 70 and after a number of years we decided it was time to sell up and move into a retirement village.
We discussed this with our children and their partners who were all in favour of us finding the perfect place for us. After visiting a number of villages in the Macarthur and Wollondilly areas, as this was the areas we preferred to stay in, on one of our morning walks we talked to a Woodbine resident who was about to move into Carrington.
We thought this could be the place for us and visited Carrington and were very impressed with not only the facility but also the staff, who were very welcoming and friendly and we promptly put our name down for this wonderful village.
Our Lawyer was very impressed with Carrington and the contract documents which we subsequently went ahead with.
The best part was when our family saw what we were looking at they were also pleased for us. We moved in late 2015 and then discovered more of the benefits of being part of this wonderful retirement lifestyle. The storage area for our caravan which we use frequently for touring Australia and accommodation, during our activities with motor sport events, we are both senior scrutineers at many race meetings, including V8 Supercar events.
We also have peace of mind when we go visiting other countries, mostly on cruise ships where we often meet people from other retirement villages in Australia, who related some disturbing stories about the facilities they live in.
Virginia and I have participated in a number of Carrington activities and found the people involved are so friendly and welcoming, we have wonderful neighbours and we couldn’t be happier.
We are both looking forward to spending our future lives at Carrington’
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