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Pamper Day

Each month our wonderful, caring Leisure & Lifestyle staff and volunteers provide pampering to our residents, both men and ladies.  On these days our residents are provided with the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous foot spa as well as head, shoulders, hands, legs and feet massage. Residents are also welcome to enjoy a beverage whilst enjoying their pampering.
Photo shows staff member, Leanne, providing one of our residents, Elaine, with some very relaxing pampering.

Grant for Finley

Nella McNamara of Finley Community Help Group presented Ben Levesque, CEO of Finley Regional Care, with a cheque for $2,803.81.  This grant is partly used towards payment for insurance on FRC’s community car - a Kia Carnival ‘purpose built’ People Mover. This is a seven-seat vehicle which has been set up to take a wheelchair and is used almost daily for staff or representatives to transport residents and/or clients to appointments, outings, etc. 

$2,000 of this grant is put towards ongoing support and training for staff in Palliative Care Education. This education assists care staff to learn about and understand a palliative approach to care and help residents and their families through this difficult time.

Ben expressed his gratitude to Finley Community Help Group for their ongoing support to Finley Regional Care, plus the many other local organisations they generously support.

The joy of visits from Finley Primary School Students 

Fortnightly visits to our residents by the Finley Primary School students from Year 3 and 4 have provided much joy. Through wonderful fun activities, including reading, singing, board games and cards, the students have learnt how to interact with the older generation and of course, our residents enjoy the laughter, energy and chatter of the young ones. The students enjoyed chatting with our residents about differences in growing up in 2018 compared to back in the 'old days'.



Feelgood in Finley Expo

Congratulations to the organisers of the inaugural Feelgood in Finley Expo held recently at the Finley RS Club. This health driven community event was a wonderful success with approximately 40 exhibitors in attendance and many people coming along and enjoying the opportunity to view the many excellent products and equipment and listen to the wonderful guest speakers.
Finley Regional Care hosted a table with a number of staff attending during the weekend to provide information to interested people on our many services including Residential Care, Respite Care, Complete Care (Home Care), the Medical Centre and Alumuna (independent living units). Over the weekend when people filled in one of our information sheets they went into a draw for prizes. We congratulate the following winners: Helen Kennedy who won 1st prize of a $100 voucher to use at one of many businesses in Finley (kindly donated by Prime Super); Pat Kelly who won the 2nd prize of a polo shirt and cap; and Ron Ameer who won the 3rd prize of another polo shirt and cap.
Finley Regional Care looks forward to supporting this great community event again in the future.
Pictured below are FRC employees Zoe Caspar, Accommodation Co-ordinator, Sandra Gray, Medical Centre Team Leader and Jackie Zorzer, Quality Co-ordinator, helping out at the Expo.


Royal Wedding Celebration Luncheon

Another one of our wonderful fun activities for our residents and clients was a celebratory 'Royal Wedding' luncheon held on Wednesday 16th May, prior to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  Our residents and clients really enjoyed a delicious buffet luncheon with the students involved in the Finley High School Intergenerational Program attending and helping with the luncheon, which was greatly appreciated. Some of our fabulous volunteers also came along and joined in the fun and provided a helping hand - also greatly appreciated. Keith Haidle, one of our talented Leisure and Lifestyle Staff, entertained everyone with his singing. There were also several gorgeous wedding dresses, deb dresses, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses bought in and displayed, which the residents enjoyed viewing and chatting about the changes in the styles over the years. 


Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 

On Tuesday 8th May we held our annual Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea with our residents enjoying a delicious High Tea and a very social time whilst helping raise much-needed funds for cancer research. Our residents were extremely generous with approximately $500 being raised, which all helps towards funding cancer research, prevention and support. A wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all who attended.



New Activities at Finley

Finley residents have been enjoying some intriguing new activities at Finley Regional Care. The Gentle Exercises program has recently seen the introduction of Tai Chi, one of the most effective exercises for mental and physical health. The residents have benefited from this regular practice which is useful for slowing down the ageing process, and have embraced it with Zen-like enthusiasm.
Culinary-minded residents have also had the chance to spend some quality time in the kitchen, preparing and cooking lunches for the other residents in their own houses. This has been wonderfully fun and engaging for them, and will continue once a month.
These are just a few of the great activities offered at Finley, and it’s never boring, with the residents having a diverse range of activities to choose from.
Below are residents Shirley, Pam, Louisa and Rita (who is now 103 years of age!) with instructor Di Krasowski, enjoying Tai Chi.




National Volunteers Week: 21st - 27th May 2018

In conjunction with National Volunteers Week, our volunteers were invited to join us for afternoon tea where Ben Levesque, CEO, on behalf of the Board, acknowledged and thanked them for their dedication and offering their time so freely to help enhance the quality of the lives of our residents and clients. Some of our wonderful volunteers are part of the Auxiliary and raise vital funds to help keep updating our home whilst other volunteers help out by coming in and working alongside our Staff, to help them in many ways with our Residents. In particular, they help with the leisure and lifestyle activities, which benefit the health and wellbeing of our residents and clients. We are extremely lucky and very thankful for all our amazing volunteers and if anyone would like to join this great group of volunteers, please contact us on 03 5883 9600.

Pictured below are Ben Levesque, CEO, and Wendy Sutton, Leisure and Lifestyle Team Leader, with many of our fabulous volunteers including Skip the Dog who visits regularly.


Souped Up Program

Residents at Finley have recently been enjoying the ‘Souped Up Program’, an online catering program designed by a dietician, which provides complete dietary and menu management. As Finley’s residents have a wide variety of clinical dietary requirements, allergies, preferences and cultural needs, this program has enabled our qualified chefs, Lisa and Jaice, to provide them with a greater variety of delicious and nutritious dishes, all made from fresh produce sourced daily. The Lamb Hot Pot, Curried Prawns and Summer Berry Pudding have all proved very popular, and residents are eagerly looking forward to mealtimes to discover what interesting dish they will be served next!

Lisa Healey commenced working at Finley in 2013, and enjoys preparing the daily meals for the residents. Jaice Jacob has worked around the world and began employment with Finley in 2015. He is a talented pastry and bakery chef who specialises in making delicious and superbly decorated cakes for our lucky residents.



On 25th April 2018 we held a lovely service commemorating ANZAC Day. Many residents, visitors and staff came together with our guest, Rick Wark, in the Activity Room in front of our beautiful ANZAC Window and memorabilia, and remembered our fallen ANZACs in a fitting tribute. LEST WE FORGET. 


2018 Open Day

Our 2018 Open Day was a wonderful success today with so many people coming along and allowing us to showcase our beautiful home and gardens to them. It was wonderful to see them enjoy our facilities, delicious food, entertainment by Danny, view the information and equipment provided via our Mini Aged Care Expo and just sit and chat with family and friends and staff either in our Activities Room or out in our great alfresco area. Lovely to see so many of our Residents come along and also enjoy the day. Thank you to everyone who attended, and to those companies who provided information and / or equipment for our visitors to learn about or trial thank you for your time and effort. Special thank you to all our fantastic staff involved in preparing for and helping run our Open Day. We are truly proud of Finley Regional Care and all the services we provide and if you or someone you know were unable to come along today but have questions regarding any aspect of aged care or would like to come and have a private tour of our home please contact Reception on 03 5883 9600 during business hours and we will be very happy to help you.

















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