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Ross Alcock helped people understand computers for a living. That has not changed in retirement. He lives at VMCH’s Providence Retirement Village, in Bacchus Marsh, and residents turn to him when their gadgets break down.
Volunteers are happier people according to many studies. These three ladies think they know why.
Angela, Jenny and Tu volunteer for not-for-profit organisation VMCH, at its Multicultural Wellness Centre. They agree it is one of the highlights of their week. They help out at the Chinese Social Support Group, for people aged over 65 years.
Two inspiring older women whose fathers served in WWI and WWII have spent years dedicating their lives to ensure their loved ones’ legacies are remembered. As Anzac Day approaches, VMCH Berwick aged care resident Betty Whiteside (pictured) proudly displays a book she spent three years compiling. It includes more than 200 letters her father, Thomas Clair Whiteside, wrote home to his family during WWI.
Talk to your family members and make sure they know your end of life wishes. That’s the message from Rick Carthew, 78. Six months ago, Rick almost died. Suffering from pneumonia, he had lost 10 kilos and had essentially “given up”. Thankfully, his eldest daughter spotted a medication he was being given that was exacerbating an existing medical condition and alerted doctors.
One of life’s great pleasures is food and that remains true as we get older and enter aged care. Villa Maria Catholic Homes’ Hospitality Residential and Retirement Services Manager, Wayne Wallis, says food plays an important role in a person’s health and happiness in aged care.
A Victorian-first Multicultural Wellness Centre (MWC) in Melbourne’s east is connecting seniors and combating social isolation. The MWC, run by non-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes, in Wantirna South has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2016. It was the first Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)-specific, integrated, aged-focused wellness centre in the state.
“As long as I can stay at home, I will.” Joan Griffith’s statement is a sentiment shared by the majority of older Australians whose health may be declining, but desire to live at home remains strong. Hoppers Crossing resident Joan, aged 82, has been supported with a Level Two Home Care Package (HCP) from non-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) for the past two years.
Warrnambool resident Gloria Smith hadn’t heard of a Home Care Package (HCP) before she secured one. Like so many older Australians, Gloria feared declining health meant an inevitable move into aged care. Luckily, the local council referred Gloria and her partner of 29 years, Wallace McDonald, to non-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH), which has supported them both with a home care package for more than a year.
Eliska and her retired racing greyhound China are regular, friendly faces at Villa Maria Catholic Homes St Catherine’s aged care in Balwyn. The secondary school student is one of more than 350 social visitors who make a real difference to the lives of older people in Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) aged care communities, particularly around Christmas when loneliness can be amplified.
As Christmas and the holidays approach, many begin to feel a sense of joy and excitement as they prepare for the festive season. For others who experience social isolation, the holidays highlight feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
Private rental became impossible for Gail Carter to cover after she lost her job as an aged care assistant in 2015. A diagnosis of depression, caring for her terminally ill mother and living with an abusive flat mate made the 68-year-old’s situation all the more dire.
Villa Maria Catholic Homes has spent more than 12 months introducing the Montessori practice to improve the lives of people living at their 12 aged care communities across Victoria. Staff at Villa Maria Catholic Homes' aged care residences are reporting great outcomes and were recently able to share these experiences with visitors from Singapore.
One of the great things about living in a retirement community is meeting new friends. That’s certainly the case for Betty and Nance who have become great friends since moving to Villa Maria Catholic Homes' Athelstan Retirement Apartments, in Camberwell. They even volunteer together for the National Trust’s annual Vintage Clothing Sale.
Like most carers, sharing the difficulties of her role isn’t all that comfortable for Sheryl Phin. She and her husband Rod have cared for his mum, Val, aged 91, for the past nine years in their Kilsyth South home following her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s hard to believe anyone could be grateful for having a stroke. But Colleen Fagan is. Without it, she would never have learned about Home Care Packages (HCPs), which have allowed her and her mother, Lorna, to remain living together in their Moama home.
One Australian is diagnosed with dementia every six minutes, and the problem is only getting worse because of Australia’s ageing population. Not-for-profit organisation, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, has spent the past 12 months introducing the person-centred Montessori practice to support people living with dementia at its residential aged care communities across Victoria.
Get a second opinion and trust your instincts. That’s the message from Glen Iris resident Maria Giacomantonio ahead of September’s Dementia Awareness Month. Maria is a full-time carer for her husband of 52 years, Dominic, 82, who is living with Lewy body disease, one of the most common causes of dementia among older people.
National Volunteer Week started on May 21 and recognises the wonderful work volunteers do in their communities. Mary is one of those volunteers and says that volunteering makes her feel closer to her family back in Malta.