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Aged Care Employee Day 2019

27.08.2019 Admin News No Comments

Aged Care Employee Day was held this year on the 7th of August.

It is an official day to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people who work in the age services industry across Australia.

We commemorated this special day with celebrations for our staff throughout the day, including a BBQ lunch held out on the lawn in front of Carrington House.

Intergenerational Interactions with Elderslie Family Day Care

27.08.2019 Admin News No Comments

Our residents from Grasmere Terrace recently enjoyed a visit to the local Bunnings for their regular intergenerational program. This time, the residents had the opportunity to interact with the children from Elderslie Family Day Care.

This program allows us to bridge the gap between the two generations. Intergenerational programs are of huge benefit to both our seniors and the children, as they not only maintain connections to the local community, but have also proven to have positive effects on both young and old, including those living with dementia.

Our residents and the children were able to interact through spending time together reading story books, and playing with playdough.

We are looking forward to continuing with this intergenerational program!

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Staff Member Farewell

9.07.2019 Admin News 1 Comment

We would like to extend our congratulations to Madeleine on her new role! Madeleine has been a valued part of the care team at our Mary Mackillop Facility, and for the past three years has been completing her nursing degree at Western Sydney University.

Madeleine has been an asset to our team, displaying a caring and compassionate nature. She has excelled in her care for our residents, and was always very professional. The staff at Mary Mackillop especially held Madeleine in high regard.

During her time with us, Madeleine took the opportunity to learn as much as she could about the complex and chronic nature of aged care residents, and how to bring a wonderful quality of life to those that she cared for.

She was able to develop her time management skills, her leadership through ongoing mentoring with our RN’s and Team Leaders, and her skills in wound management whilst working under the guidance of the RN team.

It has been great to see her graduate and officially become a Registered Nurse. We wish Madeleine all the best as she takes up a position as a Registered Nurse at Dubbo Base Hospital. Congratulations again Madeleine, and best wishes for your future endeavours!

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Mary Mackillop staff at Madeleine’s farewell

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Madeleine with her present from the Mary Mackillop team- a nurse’s watch with her name engraved on it

 

 

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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