With Fall Prevention Week coming up next month on 22-28 September, it’s an excellent time to consider making your home fall-free for your elderly loved ones. At Twilight Aged Care, we care not just for our residents but for all elderly people in our community, so we have put together some thoughts and advice that can help you take steps towards reducing the often-devastating risks of a fall.
Twilight has been part of an important volunteer program with Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MS) that has greatly benefited residents. Known as the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) and funded by the Australian Government, MS plays a vital role in providing companionship for people living in Aged Care Homes or living in their own homes and receiving care.
It’s been a busy social calendar this past quarter for residents of Twilight Aged Care, with musicals, morning teas, farewells and more. Our Recreational Activity Officers (RAOs) are always looking for ways to strengthen partnerships with community groups such as local schools as this brings mutual benefits to our residents and the community.
Twilight has some wonderful learning and education programs currently being rolled out. The ‘We Are Twilight’ series of workshops, facilitated by our Workplace Trainer, Geraldine Koh have been well attended and the results are already being noted throughout the homes with employees displaying a renewed sense of purpose and understanding of the four key Twilight values and their meaning. This is a mandatory training program which began in April and is carried out over two phases. Series 2 will begin next financial year and rollout will begin in 2018. Series 2 is about creating a ‘learning’ organisation.
Twilight warmly welcomes our newest staff members…
We are pleased to welcome Ivy Ocampo to the position of Registered Nurse at Glengarry. Ivy commenced on 10 July and will generally work Wednesday to Friday. Ivy brings with her significant aged care experience having previously worked with both New Horizons Aged Care and Baptist Care.
In July this year a partnership was formalised between Twilight Aged Care and the Hunters Hill Congregational Church which shares the Hunters Hill Village premises.
Our two organisations share similar missions to provide quality services and amenities to the communities we serve, which includes supporting the disadvantaged, frail and aged. As such, a formal ‘Heads of Agreement’ has been negotiated under which the Hunters Hill Congregational Church’s Property Trust will support a long term management lease by Twilight Aged Care (TAC) of Hunters Hill Village including 12 Retirement Living Units, the former manse (to be used as administration) and the 35-bed residential aged care facility.
The refurbishment of Glengarry is steadily progressing with room upgrades currently underway. Bickerton Masters are the architects for the project, which will include a new entry, relocation of laundry facilities and a major upgrade to the Elouera wing.