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Spring Flowers in Kings Park

Spring Flowers in Kings Park

The beautiful spring flowers of Kings Park have been enjoyed by residents and staff from Archbishop Goody residence in East Perth. The residents loved the visit, with comments such as: “A lovely outing and would like to do it again,” “Thoroughly enjoyable and handled professionally,” “I had a great day and really enjoyed lunch.” The best comment was “Everything ...

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Recognition for Catholic Homes' Successful Care Model

Recognition for Catholic Homes' Successful Care Model

Catholic Homes and members of a research team at Curtin University have presented the findings of an innovative approach to care that has proved to have great benefits for both staff and residents, at the annual Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, held today at Crown Plaza, Perth. The Care with Purpose ethos is based on Montessori principles, together with Catholic Homes’ values ...

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Melbourne Cup Celebrations!

Melbourne Cup Celebrations!

Staff and residents donned their smartest outfits and ladies their hats and fascinators, for a celebratory Melbourne Cup lunch at Ocean Star residence in Bunbury.  The atmosphere was tense with excitement prior to the race with punters hoping to make a win on either their own individual bets or one of the sweeps held.  The occasion's always celebrated in style at each of the Catholic ...

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Knitting for Remembrance Day

Knitting for Remembrance Day

A knitting circle at Castledare Village in Wilson has been extremely productive and created a series of beautiful wreaths of red poppies for Remembrance Day. The 5000 Poppies Project started a few months ago and members have been so productive the residents have sent a large delivery of the wreaths to Canberra for their Remembrance Service. Lifestyle Facilitator, Kym Livermore, says it was a real team effort....

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Children Bring Joy to Residents

Children Bring Joy to Residents

The young and happy spirits of school children have been adding a little extra joy to Ocean Star residents in Bunbury. The pupils from Maidens Park Primary spent time chatting to residents and sharing stories over morning tea. “It’s a great thing for the residents to interact with younger children and it’s very important as it helps prevent them from feeling isolated from the wider community,” Lifestyle Facilitator Jacquie Brown says....

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Date Night initiative attracts National Catering Award

Date Night initiative attracts National Catering Award

Catholic Homes have been awarded the Catering Innovation of the Year Award for their ‘Date Nights’. The award was presented at the 2017 OSCAR Hospitality Aged Care Hospitality National Awards (ACHA) at the Pullman Hotel in Melbourne last Friday.  The Date Nights were held because staff recognised the need for residents and their loved ones (especially those with dementia), to ...

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Knitting for a good cause

Knitting for a good cause

The knitting group at Servite in Joondanna are an extremely productive and committed crew, who like to knit for worthwhile causes. The latest charity to benefit from their amazing work is Uniting Care West, which among many good works, provides support for children who are affected by domestic violence within the family. The circle of ladies have knitted blankets, hats and scarves for women’ ...

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Creative Tea Time in Guildford

Creative Tea Time in Guildford

People attending the Day Therapy Centre at St Vincent’s in Guildford have been working together to recycle and upcyle items so they can be used to benefit the centre and St Vincent’s residence itself.  Their latest project is the refurbishment of a beautiful tea trolley, which between them they sanded and repainted. They have now donated the trolley to the residence so it can ...

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Archbishop Goody Welcomes New Manager

Archbishop Goody Welcomes New Manager

Rachel Lowry, the new Facility Manager at Archbishop Goody in East Perth, says she is delighted to be part of such a caring staff team. Rachel is of Canadian descent and has worked as a clinical nurse in Canada, Ireland, Niger in West Africa and Australia. Her work here has also taken her to the Kimberley where she cared for older indigenous people. Rachel’s role has included helping sanctioned ...

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Cuddles with Wildlife

Cuddles with Wildlife

Residents at Ocean Star in Bunbury have been treated to a visit from some beautiful rescue animals from Bunbury Wildlife Park. The gorgeous furry friends are all rescue animals and residents get to hold, cuddle and stroke them. Pictured here is resident Ludwinda Wychha with a baby kangaroo, who seemed perfectly at home on her lap. Lifestyle Facilitator Jacquie Brown says stroking an animal can be extremely therapeutic for older people....

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Perth Royal Show at Marist

Perth Royal Show at Marist

There is excitement in the air at Trinity in Duncraig with residents having created an exhibition stand that features arts and crafts that remind residents of their times at the event as youngsters. Each has really enjoyed pooling their resources and talents to create the stand, which is a true reflection of their memories of the show’s highlights in years past. Ethel Smith recalls the ...

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For the love of books

For the love of books

Reading is a passion for many of the residents at Servite in Joondanna, with both reading group meetings and regular visits from Stirling Library, which delivers books every other week. Delma Worthington spends much of her spare time reading and says she finds it both educational and relaxing, especially as she focusses on factual books, historical novels and autobiographies. “I like reading ...

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