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Massage therapy for Bunbury residents

Massage therapy for Bunbury residents

Ocean Star residents in Bunbury are enjoying a new massage room, which was created by staff member Michelle Laing. Michelle joined Catholic Homes as a clinical nurse late last year and said she wanted to give back to an organisation from which she gains so much. “I initiated it because I saw the need and the room wasn’t being used for anything else, so I thought it would be the perfect use of the space,” she says....

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Bishop Blesses Comfort Care Centre

Bishop Blesses Comfort Care Centre

Catholic Homes new Comfort Care Centre, which provides a beautiful, calming environment for those in need of end of life care, has been officially blessed by the Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, Don Sproxton. During the ceremony he emphasised the importance of being witnesses of God’s love and walking together with people coming towards the end of their lives. “We ask the Lord to bless ...

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Circle of Men

Circle of Men

Work is underway to publish a book featuring fascinating true stories from Catholic Homes’ male residents. The stories have been collated by members of the ‘Circle of Men,’ which is a group formed four years ago in an effort to encourage male residents to bond by sharing tales from their past.  The group is designed to forge friendships, value each other, acknowledge each other’s life journeys and minimise isolation and loneliness....

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Author in the midst

Author in the midst

Valerie Loughton, a resident at Marist in Belmont, was an accomplished and published author before joining Catholic Homes and has continued to pursue her passion with equal enthusiasm since moving there six months ago. The mother of four devotes a minimum of three hours a day to putting pen to paper, and some days more. The shelves in her room are packed to the brim with manuscripts and published pieces of work....

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Intergenerational Entertainment

Intergenerational Entertainment

Each month a group of children from Duncraig Early Learning Centre visit residents at Trinity Village to provide some uplifting entertainment and company. This is a fairly new initiative that seems to have great benefits for both the youngsters and the residents themselves. The youngsters vary what they do each visit, but it usually involves some dancing to music and chatting with the residents....

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For the love of fishing

For the love of fishing

  Allan Blurton has been fishing in the Swan River for nearly fifty years, ever since he was a young boy and is still going strong, despite having moved into aged care. The 63 year old indigenous man began living at St Vincent’s four years ago after suffering a stroke, but thanks to the help of a support worker, can continue to pursue his passion for fishing. “It’s something I just love to do and I find it extremely relaxing,” he says....

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100 Years old and still going strong!

100 Years old and still going strong!

Catholic Homes' resident Christina Rodgers has celebrated her 100th birthday and puts her longevity down to "good luck!".  Mrs Rodgers, who lives at Marist in Belmont, says she did not do anything special to stay healthy for so many years, aside from enjoying games of tennis and basketball.   "I don't know why I have loved so long and guess I am just lucky!" she says.  Christina ...

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Catholic Homes' revolutionary approach to aged care

Catholic Homes' revolutionary approach to aged care

Catholic Homes' innovative approach to aged care helps residents maintain a sense of purpose and encourages them to continue to take a positive direction in life.  The Care with Purpose model is an Australian first and is based on Montessori principles to ensure residents’ lives are busy and fulfilled. Read the full article published by The West Australian here....

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A Passion for Photo Restoration

A Passion for Photo Restoration

Catholic Homes’ retirement village resident, Ivan Macmillan, loves spending his spare time restoring old photographs to their former glory. He has been living in Bunbury’s Ocean Star for several years now and word of his amazing self-taught skill has spread throughout the village, inspiring others to bring their faded, stained and torn photographs to him for his magic touch through Photoshop....

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Musically Gifted

Musically Gifted

Eighty-nine year old Lancee Clapp is one of Catholic Homes' most talented musicians and she loves to while away her hours playing the piano, electric harp and accordion.  Lancee, who lives in Ocean Star Retirement Village in Bunbury, taught herself to play the piano at the age of seven because her parents said they could not afford to pay for lessons, but her natural aptitude meant she learnt quickly....

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Sculptures by the Sea

Sculptures by the Sea

The latest exhibition of Sculptures by the Sea has been visited and loved by a group of residents from Servite in Joondanna.  Set on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach, the works are featured from the sea wall and all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe, as well as on the surrounding grassed areas.  Pictured here is Rosa Dinamarca, who lives in Servite Retirement Village with her husband....

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Talent at Trinity

Talent at Trinity

A Trinity resident is a very productive and creative artist, producing works to fit in with monthly themes at the residence, and liaising regularly with a local early learning centre to contribute to art projects there. Laura Meyers, aged 83, has been an art teacher throughout her career, and her work has taken her around the world to the Philippines, Japan, Europe and America, before bringing her to Australia, where she eventually settled....

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