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COVID-19: Latest Visitor Guidelines

2.07.2020 Admin News No Comments

Detailed below are our latest visitor guidelines as at Wednesday 1st July, 2020. Whilst our previous visitor protocols had been working well for our residents in ensuring their health and well being remain protected, we are also mindful that other members of families, besides the current same two members, would like to visit their loved one too.

  • Visiting times remain from Monday-Friday from 10.00am-4.00pm
  • There is a maximum of two visitors per resident for one hour by prior appointment
  • Residents may also have two other visitors from within their family for another hour during the week
  • Visitors are to ensure they have their current flu vaccine evidence ready to present to the facility’s Administration Officer
  • All visits must be by prior appointment
  • For family members who are unable to visit during the weekdays, please make contact with the Facility Manager to arrange for a one hour visit during the weekend
  • Please ensure that you observe all the requirements of hand hygiene. You will also be required to have your temperature checked on entry into the facility
  • If you have any COVID-19 or flu related symptoms, please do not visit

Should you require any further information, please contact your facility Care Service Manager.

 

An Update on COVID-19

18.03.2020 Admin News 2 Comments

As a result of recommendations from both the Australian Government and NSW Health, Carrington have imposed the following restrictions from the 17th March, 2020.

These measures are to ensure the safety and well being of our residents are top of mind during this coronavirus outbreak in NSW.

Families should have received a letter from the Chief Executive outlining these changes.

Residential Care

  • We have asked families to NOT visit our facilities for the foreseeable future.If you do need to urgently visit, please contact your Care Service Manager via phone to discuss your options.
  • All visits from schools, day cares, volunteers, church groups, and pastoral care volunteers have been suspended for at least the next two weeks
  • External outings will be decided on a case by case basis, to ensure our residents are not exposed to potential infection from members of the local community
  • Inter facility group days have been postponed for now, and we will be monitoring this on an ongoing basis.

Community Care

  • The Wellness Group and any Community Care outings have been postponed for the time being
  • All client services will continue as normal

Independent Living

  • Independent Living residents (ILU) who have returned from international travel are required to self isolate in their units for 14 days
  • Family members of ILU residents are encouraged to postpone visits to their loved ones in the village if they have: had contact with someone who has tested positive to coronavirus, have returned from overseas travel themselves, or are experiencing flu like symptoms
  • ILU residents who are experiencing flu like symptoms are required to contact their GP for a test for coronavirus and notify Carrington staff
  • ILU Activity groups have been suspended
  • The Carrington Recreation Building, pool area, and Gym are closed until further notice

Rocksalt Restaurant

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff, from Thursday 19th March until further notice, our Rocksalt restaurant will be closed for dine in service.

  • Rocksalt will be available for takeaway service only from Wednesdays to Sundays 10.00am-2.00pm.
  • Our Rocksalt delivery service for our village residents will remain as usual and will still operate from Wednesdays-Sundays.

We understand that this is a difficult time for all involved, and that the situation has the potential to change quickly.

Should you have any questions, you can contact the Customer Service Team on 1300 590 590.

A Trip to Bowral Tulip Festival

25.10.2019 Admin News No Comments

Every year towards the end of September, Bowral becomes the place to be as hundreds flock to the annual ‘Tulip Time’ Festival.

This year was no exception, with our residents from Grasmere Terrace making the annual trip down to Bowral. On display were 34 different types of tulips in a dazzling array of colours.

The residents were also able to view art work from local preschools and schools displayed throughout the gardens.

The residents are very much looking forward to next year’s trip in 2020.

 

Melody Makers Reunite!

25.10.2019 Admin News No Comments

Aged just 101, Sheila Murdoch has been playing music for as long as she can remember. Having recently moved into our Mary Mackillop facility, Sheila was delighted to be reunited with Richard, another Mary Mackillop resident.

Richard and Sheila started playing music together for our residents at Werombi Court many years ago! Over time they were joined by Lawrie, Kevin, and George. For the past 20 years, this special group has been known as ‘The Melody Makers’, and have been a regular fixture at Carrington ever since.

Together, they have taken great pleasure in providing musical entertainment for countless Carrington residents. Their passion for their craft is evident to see, and it’s an absolute joy to watch them play music together.

Sheila is looking forward to continuing playing music with her friends for many years to come!

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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