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October News

Here at FRC we are usually celebrating a resident's or client's birthday or anniversary as well as providing some fun activities for our residents - here are just a few pictures from the past week...


Cash Bingo

Drought-breaking fundraiser

We worked it out!!!

If you want to break the drought all you need is a man dressed as a duck-dressed as an Indian, using a cake tin and a lagerphone, doing a rain dance around bales of hay- covered with kids hand-prints….. simple.

For those of you who missed our fundraising afternoon last Thursday this is just one of the treats you missed out on. Apart from the delectable afternoon tea provided by our marvellous scarecrows in our kitchen, we also had hours of toe-tapping-boot-scootin’-hand-clapping entertainment by our resident ‘three amigos’ Danny, Keith and Andy.

Word must have gotten out about the fun-loving audience because the party was crashed by very special ‘Guests’- 'Elvis' who hasn’t lost any of the smooth movement in his hips or handsome good-looks. And 'Meatloaf' who’s raw, sweaty sex appeal even saw a pair of ladies undergarments fly through the air and almost change the part in his hair!!

There were some tears shed at the occasional slow dance to and old favourite song but that soon turned into tears of laughter at just about everything else. It’s impossible to pick a highlight of the day but when the ‘raindance’ actually worked and the Indian/Duck got to dance in the drought-breaking rain we all knew that we had given just a little bit of ‘relief’ to our local farmers.

We are delighted to announce that we raised just over $500 which will be handed over to a local Drought Relief Initiative. Special thank you to all our residents and visitors who attended this event and kindly donated to this very worthwhile cause, and our wonderful staff who helped make this event happen.

See you all next drought……



Finley Residents celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary 

Two of Finley's residents, Ken and Joan Andrews, recently celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary - so a big congratulations to them both, as this is a milestone that not many people reach. The couple celebrated with a commemorative cake presented by Finley Regional Care, and with extended family (see photo). An article about these childhood sweethearts was published in the 'Southern Riverina News', so please have a read to find out the secret of their long marriage.


2018 Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards

The 2018 Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards (HLACA) recognises and rewards outstanding team members, initiatives and facilities for providing quality and superior catering, cleaning, laundry and lifestyle services within aged care facilities across Australia.

Finley Regional Care are thrilled to announce that they have been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Facility Catering Services Award.

National winners will be announced at the HLAC Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, 2 November 2018 at the Bayview Eden Melbourne.

Representatives from Finley Regional Care will be attending the presentation. The night will be an amazing opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the people making an extraordinary difference in the lives of our aged community in care.


BBRF successful grant for Alumuna

You may have seen or heard a Press Release recently regarding Finley Regional Care and Berrigan Shire being awarded $1.25m Federal grant towards the second stage of Finley's Alumuna Active Independent Retirement Village. This grant will be matched by Finley Regional Care and will go towards four more independent living units, six one-bedroom apartments and infrastructure for 14 blocks. This next stage will be commencing soon. This is a really important development, allowing us to provide low-cost, affordable housing to seniors in Finley. 

The units will provide residents with independent living in maintenance-free, safe accomodation in a caring community - meaning our older citizens can be cared for in their own home as long as they wish to be there. We are very excited and thankful to the Federal Government for this grant, which will certainly enable us to progress the second stage of Alumuna faster than first anticipated. 

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Alumuna, please contact Zoe Caspar, Accomodation Coordinator, on 03 5883 9600.

Activities at Finley

Here at Finley Regional Care our fabulous Leisure & Lifestyle Team organise many and varied activities for our Residents to join in with and hopefully give them much fun and pleasure.

Below are photos from our fortnightly Slot Car Racing, which can be fiercely contested by our residents; Finley Primary School children who come along fortnightly to play games and do craft with our residents; and the Finley High School Students who come weekly to help with lunches for our residents plus do craft and play cards with them.

It is wonderful to see the different generations enjoying each others' company and stories.

AACQA Re-accreditation report 2018

As per the report from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA), it was a very good result - the team here at Finley Regional has done a fantastic job, meeting all 44 standards. We were provided with a glowing report, and there were no suggestions or advice for improvement on the official report. The assessors were very impressed with how everything is undertaken, and commented that staff are obviously proud of their home - because it showed. The Board and Management Team are extremely proud of the ongoing contribution our staff make to achieve such a wonderful result. 


Our special visitor

There’s one in every family! In our family his name is Kristin. The residents at Finley Regional Care love having visitors - family, friends, pets, long lost cousins…..
But every now and then they get a “special” visitor. Sometimes this visitor is here for a special occasions and sometimes they appear at random out of nowhere just to create some mischief.
It might be for a flutter on the cup or a highland sword dance but rest assured it will never be dull! He looks equally at home in a Santa Suit as he does in a ball gown and if he shaves off his beard you sometimes wouldn’t even know who had come to spice up the day. It’s all about having a laugh and creating the most fun possible and if all the smiles are anything to go by we’re doing okay.
Here at FRC we are super lucky to have this fella Kristin pop in as a 'special' visitor occasionally, adding a smile and a definite sparkle to our residents' day and also our staff certainly have a giggle or two as well.





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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