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
Every Tuesday morning, residents from Werombi Court walk down to the old bowling green to enjoy this beautiful weather we have been getting! If we are lucky, we may even get a visit from our two duck friends in the fountain. With all this sunshine about, we are hoping that the parrots will be back soon to keep us company.
Upon arrival to the bowling green, John Downing shoots off with all the memories of his classic wins during his days of lawn bowls. Meanwhile, Doug is standing in the background with a quiet reassurance of his bowling skills. George is always confident that his “good looks” will help him win, whilst all the staff cheer for Team Maureen who happens to be a bowling meister!
Once the hard work is done, the resident enjoy sitting in the sun with a hot chocolate and a Kit Kat. If you ever see us all sitting in the sun on a Tuesday Morning, be sure to give us a wave and a smile!
Residents from Werombi Court enjoying some sunshine and refreshments during “Walking Group”
Residents of Mary Mackillop were delighted to have special guest, former Bulldogs football player Steve Mortimer and his son Andrew come to spend the morning sharing tips on playing the game of shoot and shuffle.
Shoot and shuffle is a popular and social game played here at Mary Mackillop where residents compete for the title of champion player, Steve shared his experience and gave inside tips of how to play.
The morning followed on with morning tea where Steve and Andrew met residents of the footy tipping competition.
Jeffery a mad bulldogs supporter couldn’t believe his eyes when Steve introduced himself and gave him a Bull dogs hat.
Learning the game of shoot and shuffle – Listening intently
Hello have we met? Do I know You?
I love this game – Meet my new mates
Jeffery meets his Bulldogs superstar – Like my new hat?
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.
A sensory journey for our ladies of Mary Mackillop
Residents indicated to our Leisure and Lifestyle staff that they would like some pampering time through beauty regimes.
As a result staff asked them would they be interested in having a get together regularly for a pamper afternoon where they can feel pampered and special and laugh together, talk and enjoy each other’s company, over a champagne of course.
We are fortunate enough to also have the assistance of our residents’ daughters. We are so lucky to have family who want to be involved and stay in touch with our community.
Using our own home grown vegetables for beauty – thanks to our men who help grew the cucumbers and strawberries
Val enjoying the pampering
Care recipients feeling relaxed while being pampered by the Leisure & Lifestyle team.