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Catholic Homes wins two 2018 OSCAR Hospitality Aged Care Hospitality Awards

Catholic Homes wins two 2018 OSCAR Hospitality Aged Care Hospitality Awards

We're absolutely thrilled to announce our success at the 2018 OSCAR Hospitality Aged Care Hospitality Awards. Castledare Village Chef Kris Gorayah has won Chef/Cook of the Year 2018 And, Castledare Village has won Facility Catering Service of the Year 2018 Chef Kris Gorayah introduced the cooking classes into Castledare Village because he believes that just because someone is in residential care, doesn't mean their love of cooking and food diminishes....

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Life's a celebration this September

Life's a celebration this September

We've been busy spreading the Joy, Love and Hospitality at Catholic Homes! Birthday wishes came true when Marist resident Kathleen Berg requested a lamington cake for her birthday. Fathers' Day at Marist was celebrated with a roast lunch, noodles and hazelnut mousse and strawberries. Marist resident Olive Richards was over the moon at meeting her favourite Eagles player Nic Naitanui during their training session at Lathlain Park....

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Circle of Men Book Launch

Circle of Men Book Launch

Held on 22nd August 2018 at Castledare Village, the much-anticipated Circle of Men Book Launch was a huge success! The book emerged from a facilitated meeting called Circle of Men, where the male residents of Catholic Homes regularly come together to engage in conversation and storytelling. The initiative promotes friendship and learning, helps reduce feelings of isolation and provides enjoyment....

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Castledare Village's Wall of Glamour

Castledare Village's Wall of Glamour

Visitors of Castledare are often intrigued by the Wall of Glamour in reception. Lifestyle Facilitator Helen Haynes co-ordinated the glamorous photo shoot and said, “The idea behind the photo shoot was to make residents feel special and to gift a special picture to the families.” A big thank you to photographers (Jack Haynes, Abbey Gilbert & Janine Coyle), make-up artists (Kym ...

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The benefits of Remaining Active While Ageing

The benefits of Remaining Active While Ageing

Remaining on the go and being socially active as you age is important for physical and mental wellbeing. Staying active doesn’t only improve your health, but it can also boost your mood and relieve stress.  Indulging in the things you love and being creative enhances the mind. Physical activity focusing on cardio, such as walking, is great for the heart, blood vessels and lungs....

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It's been a fun filled fortnight

It's been a fun filled fortnight

Trinity Village. Not that Catholic Homes ever needs an excuse for a party, but Trinity Village’s resident Charlotte Oswald recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Happy birthday Charlotte and we wish you many more wonderful birthdays to come! Marist Lodge. It was game, set and match as Marist Lodge served up a Wimbledon brunch for residents on 10 July 2018. Chef Parween ...

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St Vincent's Ground Breaking Ceremony

St Vincent's Ground Breaking Ceremony

Over 40 members of the community and Catholic Homes attended a milestone event on Wednesday 27th June 2018. A Ground Breaking Ceremony perched on the Swan River’s edge was a fitting spot to mark the commencement of work for the redevelopment of St Vincent’s. Executive Manager of Mission, Bernadette Brady, opened the proceedings with a story she’d heard from an Aboriginal elder woman....

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Where there's smoke...sometimes there's no fire

Where there's smoke...sometimes there's no fire

Did you know that each year the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) respond to approximately 10,000 false fire alarm activations; that’s around 27 a day! These false fire alarm activations came through Direct Brigade Alarms (DBAs) as well as privately monitored alarms. While it’s good news the alarms didn’t result in fires, false alarms disrupt the community, cause complacency and business downtime....

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Targa Bunbury Sprint visits Ocean Star

Targa Bunbury Sprint visits Ocean Star

Don’t you just love the wind in your hair? On Saturday 23rd June, approximately 30 Targa racing cars and drivers descended on Ocean Star. Many of residents and staff were lucky enough to go for a ride in the cars, firmly planting grins on many faces. One resident commented, “I felt 20-years-old again.” The cars were down in Bunbury for the Targa Bunbury Sprint 23rd-24th June ...

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Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

Over 50 million people worldwide are affected by dementia, with over 700,000 Australians living with the condition or involved in their care. Based in the UK, Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 58 in 2014. Once a busy and capable woman, Wendy’s world crumbled as suddenly as the pavement did beneath her sneakers while out jogging one day. Her memoir Somebody ...

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Dadirri: The Power of Deep Listening

Dadirri: The Power of Deep Listening

Many will agree the power of the story only comes through listening, even so there’s a difference between listening and deep listening. Dadirri is another term for deep listening and an essential skill in palliative and pastoral carers. On Thursday 5th April 2018, our CEO John Fitzgerald and the Catholic Homes’ Pastoral Care Team met with the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry team, which ...

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Andre Rieu ticks off Comfort Care resident's bucket list item

Andre Rieu ticks off Comfort Care resident's bucket list item

After the thrill of having Wildcats Captain Damien Martin visit last month, our Comfort Care House resident Wil Greathead expressed her obsession with Andre Rieu. As part of our Bucket List Project, Catholic Homes Lifestyle Facilitator Helen Haynes thought there was no harm in getting in contact with Andre’s publicist since Wil, also from the Netherlands, is such a devoted fan and has avidly kept every clipping about him for her scrapbook....

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