Horton House has had some lovely visits from the schools in our local areas, providing entertainment for the ladies as well as having students volunteering and helping out with activities. The students from Ravenswood Girls have been visiting our residents at Horton House in Gordon on a regular basis after school much to the delight of the residents, with some lovely friendships forming between residents and students.
On celebrating her centenary last year Joan received a letter of congratulations from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Governor-General, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and was very humbled by all of the fuss
Each year here at Twilight, we take this season very seriously as it can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our residents and staff.
Have you made your preferences known to the loved ones around you?
To celebrate Seniors Week, Twilight Aged Care will be holding a Health & Wellbeing Seminar on Thursday 12 April at the Hunters Hill Village. We will be discussing Advanced Care Planning and how you can plan for the future when you can no longer speak.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have family around them and some residents can become socially isolated. Similarly, many children do not have the benefits of having a relationship with a grandparent or older person.
I had a wonderful time trekking Torres Del Paine and Grey Glacier, spending time travelling up through the fjords, driving around Lake Llanquihue (the second largest lake in Chile) surrounded by volcanoes and also enjoying some of the local Chilean hospitality and wines.
With many Australians working and living longer, we need to rethink the concept of retirement. Traditionally, a person would work until the age of 65 and spend their remaining 10-15 years in leisure. An ageing population today suggests that retiring at the age of 65 could mean a person’s retirement fund must cover a possible 30 years of living expenses.
Palliative Care Australia has revealed that only one palliative medicine specialist is available for every 704 deaths each year. Concerningly, this means that people are not receiving the care that they desire and deserve at the end of their lives, and some are passing on in discomfort and fear instead of peace and dignity.