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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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Castledare Village Montessori Quality Assured

Castledare Village Montessori Quality Assured

Castledare Village is Catholic Homes’ second facility to proudly receive a Montessori Quality Assured Certificate. The philosophy focuses on independent living where residents choose how to fill their spare time, whether those activities are relaxing, enjoying an active social calendar or helping with chores. While Bunbury’s Ocean Star is also accredited, our model for care, ‘Care ...

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Wildcats Captain Damian Martin visits Casteldare Village

Wildcats Captain Damian Martin visits Casteldare Village

  Excitement was in the air at Castledare Village when Wildcats Captain Damian Martin popped in to visit devoted fan and Comfort Care resident Gavin Heydon. Gavin has been a Wildcats member since 1982 and was thrilled to see Damian's Commonwealth Gold Medal won by the Australian Team in 2018. Castledare Lifestyle Co-ordinator Helen Hayes was equally thrilled, "There were lots of laughs and I feel privileged to have shared this special moment....

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Easter is the most significant part of the Christian calendar. An ancient story of the life and death of a simple man who rises from the ashes to new life. This seemingly has little relevance on our complex and ever changing universe, but in this current world however, suffering and death are real and ever present for so many. Bernadette Brady, our Executive Manager Mission, shares some wise words, ...

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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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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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