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.
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.
Never underestimate the power of creativity. As we grow out of childhood and become adults, going out into the wide world to do serious things like earning a living and paying the bills, it’s easy to lose that connection with the things we loved as children. Painting, sculpture, music, poetry, plays… they seem to fall off the agenda so easily. Whether this is good and healthy is another matter. Scientists, researchers and those working in aged care all over Australia, and around the world, are reporting on the positive effects art therapy can have for seniors. People who engage in creative pursuits when they’re older – even with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s – can experience a range of physical, cognitive and psychological benefits. Read More
Australian residents who are older or who have relatives receiving aged care breathed a sigh of relief in April when the government unveiled its federal budget for the financial year 2017-18. Many were worried there would be major cuts to aged care, but thankfully none materialised.