2018 summer edition
From the CEO
Welcome to the 2018 summer To help us launch Southern Plus As always, we have included a
edition of Southern Star. East Fremantle, we were very number of informative stories to
fortunate to welcome the Premier benefit your health and wellness,
In this edition of Southern Star of Western Australia, the Hon Mark including exercises from our
you can learn more about some McGowan, Assistant Minister to the physiotherapist, tips for staying
of the exciting events that have Prime Minister, the Hon Steve Irons healthy during summer and
been happening across our and Olympic Gold Medallist Shane information about the benefits
organisation. Gauld. We also recently opened of strength training for seniors.
our innovative new health and I hope you enjoy reading the
We recently celebrated the wellness centre at Success Village, ‘around our community’ section
official opening of our newest site, providing residents and clients and seeing the interesting
Southern Plus East Fremantle. convenient access to onsite GP’s activities, events and milestones
The first of its kind in Western and allied health services. being celebrated across our
Australia, Southern Plus East As an organisation, we have organisation. We welcome
Fremantle is setting the standard recently celebrated Carer’s Week, contributions from our clients
in providing a better way to age by Dementia Awareness Month and and residents for Southern Star
combining residential aged care Mental Health Week. Not only and you can do so by speaking
with a health and wellness centre are these initiatives a wonderful to your site manager, wellness
for seniors, all in the one location. opportunity to celebrate the partner or by contacting
achievements and progress that [email protected]
has been made in these important On behalf of the entire SCC Group,
areas, but to also highlight the I wish you and your loved ones a
work that is still yet to be done very happy Christmas. We look
and to shine a light on areas such forward to providing you with the
as aged care and mental health. best possible care, service and
In recognition of these events, support in 2019.
we have included some personal
stories of some of our clients Errol Turner
and residents, which I hope you Chief Executive Officer
Star Contents Your
New onsite Health and Wellness clinic at Success Village 3
There are many ways you can
Celebrating the next generation of aged care 4-5 have your say. If you would
like to make a suggestion
New state of the art health and wellness centre 6-7 regarding Southern Star
magazine, please email
Around our community 6-11 [email protected]
Dementia Month 12-13 Southern Star magazine is
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Carers Week - Southern Plus Home Care 14-15 Care (WA) Inc and is subject to
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Physiotherapy – time to get moving 16
The contents may not be
VIPs to enjoy even more benefits 17 reproduced in any form, either
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Strength training for seniors 18-19 permission from the publisher.
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‘Safe Space’ mental health art exhibition 20 accepted for publication unless
Beat the heat this summer 21
Staff profile - Eunice Wong 22
Volunteer profile - Shibin Chacko 23
Staying connected as we get older 24-25
New aged care community in Ballajura 26-27
Kalgoorlie onsite dental clinic 28
Chef Gordon’s special Christmas cake 30
Real estate listings 32
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New onsite health and wellness
clinic at Success Village
Residents at SCC’s Success
Village are set to benefit
from access to convenient
onsite medical services at
the recently launched
Southern Plus Health and
Wellness Clinic located
within Success Village.
The Southern Plus Health and conveniently located medical He was confident the new health
Wellness Clinic is an exclusive services if or when they need them. and wellness clinic would provide
service available to village numerous benefits for Success
residents. The first of its kind for a “Research has shown how important Village residents, including easy
retirement village in the Success it is for older people to have a walkable access to the clinic,
area, it will initially offer onsite GP trusted GP who can identify any which will initially operate two
services with additional medical health issues that may need to be days a week.
and allied health services to be addressed, and who can provide
offered in the future. advice and support with any care “We are committed to providing
needs that may be required. Success residents with the best
SCC CEO, Errol Turner said the possible retirement lifestyle.
Southern Plus Health and Wellness “That is why we have ensured We believe the new health and
Clinic was developed in response that all of the medical staff at wellness clinic will not only be
to feedback from Success Village the Southern Plus Health and a great addition to the many
residents who said they wanted Wellness clinic are trained to amenities that residents already
more convenient access to onsite understand the health issues that enjoy, but will support them to
health and wellness services. are unique to seniors and are remain living independently in their
committed to helping residents own home,” Errol said.
“We know that residents at Success remain living independently
Village, like many people in the regardless of any health issues
surrounding community, want to they may have,” Errol said.
remain independent and living in
their own home as long as possible,
but want the peace of mind
knowing they are able to access
Success resident Marie’s making the most of new onsite clinic
Long-time Success Village resident it hard to get out and about. Having
and Southern Plus home care client, 85 the doctor visit me at home is very
year old Marie has been one of the first convenient,“ Marie said.
residents to take advantage of the new
onsite GP services at Success Village. Success Village Manager, Margaret
With health issues that have affected her Chase said residents loved the idea of
mobility, she has one of the clinic’s GP’s the new health and wellness clinic.
visit her at home.
“Many of the residents are finding
“Before, I used to see another GP at a it more difficult to get to medical
nearby clinic but it was difficult for me to appointments, especially if they no
get there. I had to rely on someone to take longer drive so the new clinic provides
me and then it would take a long time. them with convenient access to GP’s,
that they can visit either at the clinic
“I think the new clinic is a fabulous idea, or have them visit their home.”
especially for people like me who find
Celebrating the next
generation of aged care
On September 5, Premier In opening the new facility, Premier “From the start, ‘Southern Plus
Mark McGowan, officially McGowan said he was pleased East Fremantle’ has been a
opened ‘Southern Plus Southern Plus was making even family and community-focused
East Fremantle’. It is the more residential care options development, providing both
first of its kind in Western available to Perth’s ageing quality residential aged care and
Australia, with residents population. a health and wellness centre to
co-located with an onsite offer support to residents and the
health and wellness centre, “Residential aged care places in local community,” Errol said.
a suite of primary and Western Australia are at their
allied medical professionals lowest since 2001, and this brand
and family-focused new facility will provide more
technologies and facilities. opportunities for elderly people
looking for a quality aged care
SCC CEO, Errol Turner said
the organisation was proud of
its partnership with the State
Government in being able to
acquire, refurbish and return the
iconic site back to the community
and provide benefits to West
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“By taking on this iconic former Kaleeya Hospital site, classes delivered through the Edith Cowan
we knew we had a responsibility to deliver a high University Vario Health Clinic, in partnership with
quality facility and we have not shied away from that. the School of Medical and Health Sciences.
‘Southern Plus East Fremantle’ sets new standards
in aged care services, delivering contemporary • Onsite hydrotherapy pool and exercise clinic with
restorative and health services for our clients the latest equipment.
together with an integrated high care residential
home all on the one site. • Premium nursing and personal care 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week.
“Providing luxury accommodation for residents was a
given, but what makes this facility exceptional is that • All residents have a dedicated clinical partner.
our residents have full access to onsite GPs, exercise
physiologists and nursing. Through our onsite health • 83 luxuriously appointed private rooms with
and wellness centre our residents can also access ensuites including large screen smart TVs and
tailored consultations and exercise classes designed for many with spectacular water views or access to
the elderly incorporating the onsite hydrotherapy pool, courtyards.
exercise physiology and state of the art equipment all
in the one location. • Lifestyle services including hair salon, men’s club,
cinema, BBQ areas, casual and formal dining and
“With this new facility we have maintained the proud family café.
community health-oriented heritage of this site and
are blazing a new trail for aged care into the future.” • 24/7 concierge and 5 star hospitality services
including freshly prepared chef-designed meals.
The broad range of health and wellness services
offered at ‘Southern Plus East Fremantle’ includes: • Individually tailored dementia support and care
and specially designed amenities for residents
• Onsite health and wellness centre for seniors living with dementia.
offering GP medical services.
• Commitment to maintaining family connections
• Onsite allied health specialists including exercise through events and activities 7 days a week.
physiologists, physiotherapists and exercise
• Advanced technology to improve client
entertainment, social connections, independence
as well as a leading clinical management system.
New state of the art
health and wellness centre
for seniors a first for WA
Helping seniors to remain healthy, fit and The health and wellness services on offer have been
developed with our partners Edith Cowan University’s
independent is at the heart of the unique Vario Health Clinic and Kaleeya Health to support
seniors achieve a better way to age. The innovative
services offered at the recently opened integrated care site will improve the quality of
collaboration between health professionals and aged
Southern Plus Health and Wellness Centre, care services. Using technology to capture health
information, it creates a truly interdisciplinary health
the first of its kind in Western Australia. care team for seniors, all on one site.
Officially opened on November 19 by the Hon Steve Contemporary facilities include a purpose designed
Irons MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, exercise clinic with modern gym equipment, outdoor
the Southern Plus Health and Wellness Centre is exercise area and hydrotherapy pool. Services
co-located with the recently opened Southern Plus include GP’s with experience in treating seniors’
East Fremantle residential aged care home. We health issues and exercise programs designed by
also welcomed special guest, Olympic gold medalist exercise physiologists and allied health professionals.
Shane Gauld, who gave a demonstration in the All exercise programs are designed to support
hydrotherapy pool to residents from Success Village. rehabilitation of seniors’ illnesses, injuries or joint
replacement surgery following a stay in hospital.
Recognising that aged care does not have to be the
end of the line after a loved one suffers an illness or
fall; the vision of Southern Plus is to help seniors to get
better or stabilize their condition so they can return
to independent living. Driven by the strong preference
of older people to stay living at home, the focus is on
seniors in their third age, keeping them fit and healthy
with the right professional and medical support.
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SCC CEO, Mr Errol Turner said the Southern Plus Prof Rob Newton, Associate Dean, Medical and
Health and Wellness Centre would set a new Exercise Sciences, Edith Cowan University is excited
standard in health care dedicated to seniors. about the partnership that will help more seniors
access health and wellness services.
“Too often as a nation, we see seniors spending “Research shows that exercise as a therapy in
unnecessarily long periods in hospital or conjunction with medical programs advised by GPs
prematurely entering into residential care. Often and medical specialists helps improve rehabilitation
there are not the health and wellness services and overall health and wellness of individuals.
available following surgery, illness or serious injury Coupled with the therapeutic benefits of improved
that caters specifically for seniors to rebuild strength social contact, the outcomes for seniors is a much
and minimise falls. We believe entry into residential better quality of life,” Prof Newton said.
aged care should be an end-of-life care service,
supporting those in their final few months of life. For more information about the
Southern Plus Health and Wellness
“With our partners ECU Vario Health Clinic and Kaleeya Centre, please call 1300 000 161
Health, the Southern Plus Health and Wellness Centre or visit www.southernplus.org.au
responds to this need in the community, providing
state of the art facilities and highly trained and
experienced allied health and medical professionals.
Our teams are committed to helping seniors remain
independent for as long as possible, so they may stay
out of residential care and achieve the best possible
quality of life,” Mr Turner said.
Around our community
Intergenerational therapy at
Southern Plus East Fremantle
The residents at Southern Plus East Fremantle
have been enjoying intergenerational therapy with
children from the East Fremantle Playgroup.
The children who were aged from 12 months to
seven years and their parents, join residents for
a fun morning of activities including painting,
playdough, building blocks, puzzles and bubbles
galore! Most recently, they were joined by special
guest ‘Farmer Mick’ and his farmyard animals.
Lionel’s sidecar adventure
90 year old Frank Prendergast House resident,
Lionel Hollands had the chance to relive his sidecar-
racing career with a spin around the neighbourhood
in a vintage sidecar from the Vintage Motorcycle
Club of WA.
Lionel raced sidecars competitively for many years
even winning the prestigious ‘Goomalling Classic’ in
1954, one of the biggest races in Western Australia at
the time. Although Lionel’s decade long racing career
came to a halt after a massive crash, Lionel’s love for
racing never diminished, so he was ecstatic to once
again buckle up in a sidecar.
Ian Simms said it was always a pleasure to bring
some excitement to a resident’s daily routine.
“Lionel’s love for racing is very evident. He has had
such an active and exciting racing career that it only
seemed appropriate to get him into a sidecar again.
We would like to thank Michael and the Vintage
Motorcycle Club of WA for giving their time so
generously and making this wonderful opportunity
for Lionel possible,” Ian said.
Happily married for 68 years, Lionel and his wife
both reside at Frank Prendergast House. Lionel’s
family including his wife, daughters, son Glen and
granddaughter were there to cheer him on as he rode.
Toppy turns 100!
Congratulations to one of Jeremiah Donovan House
long-term residents, Toppy, who recently celebrated
her 100th birthday! The JDH staff commemorated
the special occasion with colourful banners, a musical
performance and beautifully dressed dining settings.
Toppy celebrated this special milestone surrounded
by her family and friends along with some special
guests including our SCC CEO Errol Turner and SCC
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Jeremiah Donovan House residents
visit S&R Orchard
On 10th September Jeremiah Donovan House residents enjoyed
a visit to the Biggest Blossom Festival at S&R Orchard in Walliston
who open their gates for visitors once a year. The lovely weather
on the day ensured residents could enjoy the magical spectacle
of the orchard in full blossom and enjoy a nice cup of coffee. S&R
Orchard kindly allowed the bus driver to drive down the orchard
which gave residents an amazing view.
Southern Plus Farmyard on wheels
Pet Therapy To celebrate the Royal Perth Show, residents at Jeremiah
Donovan House, Joseph Cooke House and Villa Pelletier enjoyed
Every fortnight, residents and a visit from ‘Farmyard on wheels’. Residents loved having the
staff at Southern Plus East opportunity to get up close to the many animals including a
Fremantle welcome a very special pony, chickens, ducks and genuine pigs.
furry guest, two and half-year-old
therapy dog Nema, who along 9
with her owner Julie are providing
pet therapy to Southern Plus
East Fremantle residents.
Ricka Bolton, Lifestyle
Coordinator at Southern Plus
East Fremantle, said the pet
therapy program provides
numerous benefits to residents,
including to self-esteem, social
participation and helping them
to settle into their new home.
“We’re all very happy to welcome
Nema and Julie to Southern
Plus East Fremantle and we’re
confident Nema will bring plenty
of excitement and joy to our
residents,” she said.
Southern Plus East Fremantle
offers the pet therapy program
run by the Delta Society.
Around our community
Germanus Kent House celebrates Melbourne Cup
Germanus Kent residents and staff enjoyed a fun afternoon to
celebrate the Melbourne Cup.
The Bran Nue Dae activities room was beautifully decorated with
table settings made by residents. Everyone got into the spirit of
the day playing Melbourne Cup themed games and activities.
A highlight of the day was ‘fashion on the fields’ with residents
and staff wearing their own creations with winners chosen
in the various categories ‘best in show’, ‘most original’, ‘most
posh’, ‘most creative’ and ‘most extravagant’.
Everyone took part in a sweep, with lots of cheering for
their chosen horse during the race. After the race, everyone
enjoyed a BBQ lunch prepared by the wonderful kitchen crew.
Overall, everyone had a great day and are already looking
forward to next year’s Melbourne Cup!
at Villa Pellietier
The recently held art show at Villa
Pelletier provided a wonderful
opportunity for residents to show
off their artistic skills to friends and
family who attended. Jill Wright also
entered in the ‘As We Are’ Art Award
and Exhibition at Perth Convention
and Exhibition Center and was not
only awarded the contemporary
art award for her talents, but her
beautiful artwork was also sold.
Stanley turns 100!
Congratulations to Bert England Lodge resident Stanley Jones
who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.
Stanley’s family, along with the other residents and staff held a
birthday party to celebrate reaching this special milestone.
A highlight for Stan was receiving a congratulatory card from
both the Governor General and the Queen.
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Success Village ‘Garden Gnomes’
The stunning gardens around the Success Village Community
Centre are thanks to handy work of the ‘Garden Gnomes’ – a
group of 10 residents who come together weekly to keep the
gardens looking their best.
Margaret Chase, Success Manager said the group did a
fantastic job of keeping the gardens looking magnificent.
“As you drive into Success Village, one of the first things you
see is the beautiful garden at the Community Centre, which
is all thanks to the hard work of the Garden Gnomes. The
Community Centre is a popular central gathering place for
residents to enjoy activities, events or just meet up with friends,
and the lovely gardens really makes the Centre extra special.”
Jeremiah Donovan House Frank Prendergast House
Intergenerational program Art Exhibition 2018
For the past three years, the young and the young at heart have As part of Dementia Week, on
come together at SCC’s Jeremiah Donovan House as part of a September 19th SCC’s Frank
successful intergenerational program. Prendergast House (FPH) hosted
its annual art exhibition for
Once a month, students and teachers from Community Kids residents, friends and family
High Wycombe, visit JDH for a session full of fun and activities with 75 pieces of residents’
with JDH residents including sing-a-longs, arts and crafts and artwork on display.
storytelling. Each of the 18 residents who
participated in the exhibition
JDH Occupational Therapist Janelle Green said the program received a certificate and a small
was not only thoroughly enjoyed by residents, but also provided potted plant. All guests and
significant benefits for both the residents and the children. residents were also able to vote
for their favourite artwork piece,
“Research has shown that active and involved older people with with the most popular receiving
close intergenerational connections experienced less depression, the ‘People’s Choice Award’, with
better physical health and higher levels of life satisfaction. the winner receiving a small prize
Similarly, the children benefit from being around older adults and a certificate of achievement.
and developing their social and communication skills.”
Graham and Lynette’s journey
Happily married for 55 years,
Graham and his wife Lynette
have enjoyed a long and
happy life together, raising
their three children, enjoying
shared interests and always
supporting each other
through life’s ups and downs.
Five years ago Graham started Southern Cross Care’s Margaret can contribute to decisions about
noticing Lynette was becoming Hubery House in Rossmoyne. Lynette’s care, I feel included in
forgetful and experiencing the care process, which gives me
moments of confusion, which “I had heard good things about peace of mind that this is the
he suspected might be early Margaret Hubery House and it is best place possible for Lynette,”
stages of dementia, a diagnosis only about 10 minutes from our he said.
that was subsequently confirmed home so that appealed to me
by their GP. too. After visiting the facility and One year on since Lynette moved
meeting with the Manager Jane, into Margaret Hubery House,
Unfortunately, the following years I instantly knew it would be a Graham said while it took a bit
saw Lynette’s symptoms continue good fit for Lynette, and luckily of time for Lynette to settle into
to worsen with her experiencing there was a room available so her new surroundings, she was
confusion, depression, anger and she was able to move straight in,” now happy and thriving in her
wandering. Graham said while he Graham said. new home, a fact that Graham
was devoted to his wife and more attributes to the staff who care
than happy to care for her at Graham enjoys regular visits with for Lynette.
home, it was becoming apparent Lynette, including taking her out
that Lynette needed 24/7 care. for drives which they both enjoy. “The staff at Margaret Hubery
Margaret Hubery House staff also House are devoted and dedicated
“Lynette was put into hospital after encourage Graham to be involved to the care of people who no
she started to go downhill due to in Lynette’s care planning, and longer have the ability to care
symptoms from her dementia. It communicate regularly with him for themselves. They make a real
had got to the point where she to ensure he is kept up to date on fuss of Lynette, ensuring that
needed around the clock care, how Lynette is doing. she is happy and comfortable at
and while I was prepared to bring all times, and I couldn’t be more
her home and care for her myself, “I support the staff, and they grateful,” Graham said.
her doctor recommended that support me, it’s a team effort.
she move into residential care,” It’s this approach, which really
Graham said. makes the difference. Because I
Determined to find the right
place that would suit Lynette’s
needs and that was convenient
for him to visit, Graham started
researching possible residential
aged care homes. When he
couldn’t find anywhere suitable, a
friend suggested he take a look at
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Southern Plus East Fremantle leads
the way in dementia-specific care
Southern Plus East Fremantle The dedicated memory support therapies. Visitors are always
wing for residents with dementia welcome too, with family friendly
is leading the way with the includes dementia-friendly dining, barbeque and activity areas
indoor and outdoor spaces and where residents can host visitors
very best in dementia care large bedrooms with ensuites. and hold family events.
Dementia-specific design has been
offering dementia friendly incorporated throughout including The health and wellbeing of
large windows, wide hallways, residents is of the highest priority
residential aged care open plan kitchen and small scale with residents having access to
dining, TV lounge and sitting the onsite health and wellness
combined with exceptional areas. It also offers the latest in clinic offering physiotherapy,
technology with sensor-activated hydrotherapy and exercise
memory support services. lighting in all resident rooms, and physiology. To maintain a healthy
24-hour client concierge via in- diet, a dementia-friendly menu
In addition to the nurses and care room tablet devices, enhancing incorporating nutritious finger food
teams who provide 24/7 care the resident experience and options is also available to residents.
and support, the highly trained assisting staff with providing
dementia specialists work with quality care. For more information
residents, families and staff to about ‘Southern Plus
create individualised dementia At the heart of ‘Southern Plus East East Fremantle’ call
care plans, reflecting residents’ Fremantle’ is a commitment to 1300 000 161 or visit
needs and requirements. ensuring residents enjoy a variety www.southernplus.org.au
of dementia-specific activities
Each resident also has a including pet, music and gardening
dedicated and highly trained
clinical carer ensuring consistency
of care, minimising anxiety and
stress for resident.
Southern Plus home care -
helping the whole family
In recognition of Carers Week, in this edition of Southern Star we had a chat to Mary
Butterworth, whose mother Julie is a Southern Plus home care client, to find out about
the benefits of home care for not only the recipient, but also for their loved ones.
Julie Butterworth is 89 and lives
independently at home in Myaree.
Happily married to husband Bill
for more than 40 years, they lived
on a farm in Beverley raising their
three children Charlie, Patrick and
Mary. Sadly, Bill passed away in
2000, and while Julie continued
to live in Beverley, in 2014 she
decided to move to Perth to be
closer to family.
Mary said even though her mother
was still very independent and
enjoyed living in her own home,
Julie’s health had declined over
the past few years as she was
more frail with arthritis and also
experiencing some memory loss.
“Our family all share the
responsibility of making sure
mum is ok, and I live very close
by so I can drop in regularly, but I
have a busy full-time job and my
own family commitments, so I just
don’t have the available time to
provide the level of support that
To continue living at home safely, it
was clear Julie would need some
home care services and support.
“Southern Plus help mum with
cleaning, gardening, shopping,
food preparation, changing beds
and doing the laundry. She also
had some sessions with the
physiotherapist after recovering
from a recent fall,” Mary said.
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“Being independent is important to mum Respite care – a valuable
so I want her to be able to live at home for support for carers
as long as she possibly can. With Southern
Plus home care services, our family have Southern Plus’s respite centres provide
peace of mind knowing she has all the carers with a much-needed break or time
support she needs.” away from their usual care responsibilities
to focus on their own health and wellbeing,
Julie also stays active by enjoying her favourite in addition to the numerous benefits for
hobbies including knitting, watching shows on the ABC, those being cared for.
visiting the local village centre and going for her daily Providing an enjoyable and relaxing
walk to the local duck pond. atmosphere for clients, Southern Plus
Respite Centres offers both day and
Mary said it was reassuring for her and her family overnight respite on either a one-off or
knowing that their mum was being well taken care of, regular basis, and offer a broad program
and even more so because her mum was so happy of activities including for clients with
with the care she receives. dementia and special needs.
Among its broad range of in-home health
“Being independent is important to mum so I want her and wellness services, Southern Plus also
to be able to live at home for as long as she possibly offers in-home respite care.
can. With Southern Plus home care services, our
family have peace of mind knowing she has all the For more information about
support she needs. Southern Plus’ respite services
please call 1300 000 161 or visit
“Mum especially likes that she has the same care staff www.southernplus.org.au
turn up and they are always on time. Most importantly,
she really likes them too,” Mary said. 15
From her own perspective, Mary said the Southern
Plus staff were an absolute pleasure to deal with.
“Whenever I call Southern Plus to talk about mum’s
services, I only have to deal with one person and she
takes care of everything.
“I also like that the staff who care for mum are friendly,
well organised and reliable. Because of this, I don’t worry
about her because I know she’s well looked after.”
Physiotherapy – time to get moving
In this edition of Southern Star, we meet the newest member of the Southern Plus allied
health team, Physiotherapist Tahnee Goodman.
Tahnee is passionate about helping her clients Exercise 1 Exercise 2
remain fit and active and is looking forward to Knee highs Leg straightening
helping as many clients and residents as possible
achieve their health and wellness goals.
“I’ve often encountered elderly clients who believe
exercise was something of the past, however it’s
important to know exercise is for all ages and can
be specifically prescribed to assist in reaching your
goals. I can assure you boot camps, burpees and
backflips will not be a part of your program, unless
of course you ask them to be!”
Tahnee recently joined Donovan Village resident
Betty Matthews in doing some seated exercises
which readers can do at home.
“Maintaining mobility and independence, reducing
pain and preventing falls are all wonderful benefits
from exercise. Plus, it is never too late to start
improving your wellbeing through movement.
“You can exercise anywhere, you just need to start
moving! These seated exercises can be performed
sitting on the bed, in a chair, on the couch, really
“If these exercises were too easy, you can add some
weight to increase the effort. If you don’t have any
hand or leg weights, improvise with household
goods. You can hold small water bottles or canned
tomatoes, put a heat pack on your legs, wear
heavy shoes or even hold your pet,” Tahnee said.
If you would like more information Exercise 3 Exercise 4
about Southern Plus physiotherapy Heel raises Air boxing in front
services, please call 1300 000 161
Exercise 5 Exercise 6
Air boxing above Arm Scissors
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VIP’s to enjoy even more benefits
The health and wellbeing of SCC VIP’s Clients who are identified as needing additional
is set to benefit even further from the services to assist with recovery after a hospital
recent enhancements to the VIP services stay will be offered a range of options to consider
program. These enhancements are in including Southern Plus home care packages and
addition to the already broad range of private care plans.
VIP services offered to existing residents
of SCC villages, Knights of the Southern Clients with a home care package and home care
Cross, existing residents of Southern bundle should speak to their Wellness Partner for
Cross Housing and members of the Inter information regarding the Care Plus Guarantee and
Congregational Act (ICA). other Recovery Plus benefits.
As a VIP, you will receive: Please note, bookings for this service must be made
• Access to 24/7 VIP Concierge Advice Line. at least 24 hours prior to discharge from hospital
• Complimentary hospital to home service with by calling 1300 000 161 between 7am and 8.00pm
weekdays (terms and conditions apply).
• Priority access to Southern Plus home care No deposit for three months for
SCC ILU residents moving into SCC
services. residential care
• Help with accessing home care services while you
In addition to VIP’s receiving priority access to
are waiting for your home care package. residential care and respite care, ILU residents will
• Assistance with accessing a government- now not have to pay a deposit for the first three
months when moving into one of SCC’s residential
funded home care package (ACAT Assessments, care homes while their SCC ILU villa is being sold
completing Centrelink paperwork). (terms and conditions apply).
• Depending on your health, priority access to
any of our Southern Plus or SCC residential care If you would like more information about any of our
homes or respite centres. aged care services, please contact our Aged Care
Advice Line on 1300 000 161 which is available
Recovery Plus – All the support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and a member of
need after a stay in hospital our Client Connect team will be happy to help
answer any questions you may have.
Our previous ‘Hospital to Home’ service has been
renamed ‘Recovery Plus’ to better reflect the
services provided to VIPs to help them get back to
the best of health, as quickly as possible after a stay
in the hospital.
As part of Recovery Plus, Southern Plus staff will
provide the following services:
• Transport you to and from hospital between
7.00am and 8.00pm weekdays.
• Will attend your discharge meeting and assist
you to go home.
• Shop for essential groceries and/or purchase
• Clean your home.
• Help with meal preparation on evening
By Denis Taaffe, Professor Exercise
Gerontologist, Edith Cowan University
Normal ageing is characterized by are primarily responsible for this is well tolerated and is associated
a reduction in muscle mass and deterioration in muscle mass and with improvements in daily
strength, which can compromise function, the loss in muscle mass activities, such as walking speed
an older person’s functional and strength can be reduced, and and endurance, climbing stairs, and
performance, such as the ability even reversed with appropriate rising from a chair. Age is no barrier
to climb stairs or rise from a training, even in the very old. for undertaking strength training.
chair, independence, and quality
of life. Moreover, the decline in For nearly two decades now, A qualified exercise professional,
muscle strength contributes to resistance or strength training in consultation with your GP, will
poorer balance, increasing the has been reliably shown to be be able to develop an exercise
risk of falls and fracture. While a safe and effective method to program for your specific needs,
normal biological ageing as well enhance muscle strength and taking into consideration your
as changing lifestyle patterns muscle mass in older adults. current level of fitness and
Importantly, this form of exercise your medical history. Generally
speaking, any exercise session
should be less than one hour,
commencing with a warm-up and
finishing with a cool-down of low-
level activity and stretching which
can also include some abdominal
and lower back strengthening
exercise. The sessions should be
undertaken 1-3 days per week with
approximately 48 hours between
sessions, although it should be
noted that substantial strength
gains can be achieved even doing
only one session per week.
Ideally, exercises are performed
on strength training machines that
use weight stacks or hydraulics
as these provide the appropriate
resistance to the target muscle
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groups, are safe, and the movements
are not technically challenging
and easily learned. As participants
become more confident in their
abilities, free weight exercises can be
included. If exercise machines are not
available, then elastic bands, ankle
and wrist weights, body weight, and
resistance applied by the trainer or a
could be employed.
As the goal for many older people
is to maintain independence and a
good quality of life, resistance training
activities should be incorporated
into their weekly schedule. Some
people might also enjoy joining small
group exercise sessions, providing
social interaction, motivation and a
relaxed environment in which to enjoy
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skeletal muscle with aging: effects
of exercise training. Exerc Sport
Sci Rev 1993;21:65-102.
2. Taaffe DR. Sarcopenia: exercise as
a treatment strategy. Aust Fam
3. Fiatarone MA, Marks E, Ryan ND,
Meredith CN, Lipsitz LA, Evans WJ.
High-intensity strength training in
nonagenarians: effects on skeletal
muscle. JAMA 1990;263:3029-3034.
4. Galvão DA, Taaffe DR. Resistance
training for the older adult:
manipulating training variables
to enhance muscle strength.
Strength Cond J 2005;27(3):48-54.
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
‘Safe Space’ Mental
Health Art Exhibition
This year SCC was proud to once with lived experience of mental popular activity enjoyed by many
again support Mental Health Week, health, visually exploring their of our clients.
which was held 7 -14 October. ideas about safe space.
Mental Health Week is a national “It is widely acknowledged that
week celebrated each year in This year, we were very proud art activity provides so many
October around World Mental to have a number of the artwork benefits to those experiencing
Health Day on October 10. This by our very talented SCC clients mental illness, including providing
year, the theme of Mental Health and staff on display at the clients with a creative outlet to
Week was ‘community – mental exhibition. Congratulations to express and communicate how
health starts where we live, learn, the two SCC clients who each they are feeling, which is why we
work and play’. sold a piece of individual artwork encourage as many clients as
and the Community Options possible to get involved.
One of the highlights of Mental clients who collectively sold
Health Week is the ‘Safe Space’ their group artwork. “We are extremely proud of the
Mental Health Art Exhibition, which artwork that has been created by
is a collaboration between The Tania Payne, SCC’s Manager our clients and staff, and we are
Arts & Mental Health Network and for Mental Health and Disability thrilled that through the exhibition
Western Australian Association said it was wonderful that SCC they get the opportunity to share
for Mental Health (WAAMH) and was invited to participate in the their artwork with the wider
showcases a collection by artists exhibition as art was a very community,” said Tania.
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Beat the heat
In the hot weather, you need to take
care of your health. Western Australia
can experience long periods of extreme
heat, where the maximum and minimum
temperatures are much hotter than usual.
The WA Department of Health advise
people to follow the following information
to stay safe as the weather heats up.
How can you plan ahead for How can you keep cool in
the heat? the heat?
• Check fans and air conditioners are working • Drink plenty of fluids: water, diluted juice
and that filters and air vents are clean. (mixed with water), low sugar sports drinks.
• If you need to service or replace your fan or • Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
air-conditioner, try to do it before the summer (including tea, coffee and energy drinks) as
rush. these can increase dehydration.
• If you have reverse cycle air-conditioning, • Make ice cubes from water or cordial and
check that it is set to ‘cool’ before summer suck them.
• Wear light-coloured, loose clothing.
• If you are worried about the cost of using
your air-conditioner, investigate whether • Stay indoors with a fan or air-conditioner on
concessions are available on your energy bills. (ensure adequate ventilation if using a fan).
• Make a plan for keeping in regular contact • Take a cool shower or bath, or put your feet in
with friends and neighbours when it is very a bowl of cool water.
• Use a spray bottle filled with water, or a wet
• Make sure you have food and other groceries cloth, to cool your face and body.
at home so you are less likely to have to go
out when it is really hot. • Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed
during the day to keep your home cool.
• Take care when you buy, store and handle
food in hot weather to reduce the risk of food • Sleep with just a sheet over you, in the coolest
poisoning. part of the house.
• Listen to radio and television weather reports • Limit time spent outdoors: go early morning
and try to plan ahead for the hot days. or late evening, stay in the shade, put on a hat
and sunglasses, and apply sunscreen.
• Always carry a water bottle when out.
– compassion in
By James Pearson, Marketing
Clinical Nurse Eunice Wong sets “If you don’t show compassion Eunice waves enthusiastically to a
a cracking pace as she walks don’t do it, you will not shine, man being pushed up the corridor
down the corridors of Margaret you will not share the care, even in his wheelchair by another nurse.
Hubery House. She doesn’t mind a third party will see that you The man, who ardently waves back,
being interviewed as long she can are not doing the job. Without is Robert.
compassion you will never last,”
do it while walking; as she needs Together Eunice and her colleague
to make sure Robert does his prepare Robert’s wheelchair
exercise before lunch. and walker for him to stand.
Eunice gently supports
“If I can make themThe energetic registered
nurse is in her second year have a smile then Robert as he moves out of
working at SCC and her 25th the wheelchair, and with a
year as a qualified nurse. that’s the best day.” soft, calming tone she talks
Robert through the process of
Eunice’s role is to help assist standing.
residents with any health
concerns as well as working with Due to the continuous nature of As Robert towers over Eunice on
residents and their families to the care required for her clients, his own two feet, she begins to
create a care plan to cater for a rapport builds between them, walk with him down the corridor,
residents health needs. Despite Eunice and the clients she cares for and guides him to where he needs
Eunice’s train like speed through get to know each other as people. to be.
the corridors, she beams with a
smile and a hello, to everyone as This building of relationships The bullet train gets back into
she walks past. between people is a rewarding gear. With a satisfied grin, Eunice
experience for Eunice, and why powers down the corridor. When
One of SCC’s core values is she enjoys being a nurse. asked if that was the favourite
compassion and for Eunice, that part of her day she grins.
speaks volumes about her. “If I can make them have a smile
then that’s the best day.”
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– in giving,
By Ian Simms, Head of Pastoral Care
and Volunteer Services
As young boy growing up in life. He has listened to all, prayed “I enjoy the people I meet in my
India and later working as a civil with some, shared stories and role and there are so many
engineer in Kuwait, Shibin Chacko pictures with others. He is part of different people and different
never thought he would be a team of kind-hearted people situations. I try to make my time
assisting Australians in their own who volunteer their time to let with people a moment of joy and
country, yet that is precisely what others realise that it’s rather good Christian compassion.”
he is doing as a volunteer pastoral to be alive, after all. “I have grown so much while I have
carer with SCC. Volunteer Pastoral Carers work been trying to care for others. It’s
Arriving in Australia in 2011, one of the things I would say
Shibin and his wife settled “I have grown so to people who are thinking
in Sydney near to his sister about volunteering: you set
and brother-in-law, however much while I have out to give, and then you
better work opportunities been trying to care are pleasantly surprised to
saw Shibin and his wife discover you have been built
move to Perth shortly after. for others.” up too,” Shibin said.
Both of them have a heart
for serving so Shibin began
to search for ways to offer
his spare time, when he saw an closely with the site-based If you would like to be a
advertisement for volunteering Pastoral Carers to provide part of our diverse band
with SCC. residents with emotional and of volunteers, please
spiritual support. Volunteer contact Ian Simms,
It was around that time that Shibin Pastoral Carers undergo training or Chelsea Farquhar
felt he should reduce his work on the job, as well as through who will be happy to
hours to be able to volunteer supervision. Together with the rest explore with you how
more in the community, and so of the pastoral care team, they you would like to serve.
began his association with SCC, do a magnificent job listening They can be reached
first volunteering at Jeremiah and conversing with the range of at [email protected]
Donovan House, and then at people we have the joy of caring scrosswa.org.au, or on
Villa Pelletier. for in our facilities. 9269 6855 (Chelsea)
0419 095 041 (Ian).
Shibin is a quiet, unassuming sort Like many of SCC’s volunteers,
of bloke who can be found helping Shibin said he too benefitted from
residents to focus on the many being a volunteer.
positive things that are still left in
Staying connected as
we get older
By Ian Simms, Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services
It’s a curious irony we live So what’s the deal, then? Well, Strange as it may sound, there
when we’ve gotten past all the are a number of subtle incentives
with, you know. The improved techno-hype that can make older for us to disconnect as we get
folk feel like we’ve lost several older. Perhaps we feel that it will
communications and the rapid pages of our book somewhere take too much energy to remain
along the line, we actually connected, so let me rather
transport are supposed to find ourselves considering a stay at home and conserve my
profoundly human need: we strength. Very often, though, we
make us feel more connected want to be connected. In fact, we make that assessment based on
need to be connected. Whether what we did as younger people
to other parts of the world. Yet it’s friends, superficial or real, when we stayed out late and
we have a pressing desire to be talked into the small hours of
for all that, we can be some of linked somewhere, somehow. It’s the night. But staying connected
one of the things that trouble us doesn’t have to consume all our
the most isolated of people. about growing older, that we will energy in the same way as it did
be confined or cut off by failing when we were younger. We don’t
Social media promises something bodies and minds, abandoned by have to do things the way we
similar by way of connectedness. family and friends, and without used to do them.
I am so non tech-savvy that even a dog or a cat to call a
it came as a shock to me to friend. Disconnectedness can
discover, the other day, that terrify us.
it is possible to buy ‘likes’ on
Facebook. Why would anyone do
that? To appear more popular,
more connected, it seems. The
Washington Post reported on this
marketing technique six years
ago, and for $30 you could buy
500 ‘friends’, or for $699 you
could boost your friendship circle
by 20,000 people!
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Perhaps we are just content with What would help to keep us Volunteering
our own company or our spouse’s connected? The hardest part
company. After all, it’s taken us 60 is accepting that we need It does wonders to flip our self-
or more years to get used to this connection, but once that is clear, centred culture on its head and
person in our skin, never mind the it’s a matter of finding what the offer to make someone else’s life
person who keeps waking up in bridges could be. better, rather than just our own.
our bed each morning! Let’s just There are so many organisations
enjoy the benefit of that comfort. Here are some bridges I’ve that would value having your
So older married couples find that seen work: involvement. At SCC, we have
their lives revolve more and more over 175 kind-hearted people
around their spouse, as though Walking and greeting who volunteer with us, and what
that person is everything I need an amazing band of people they
and he or she will always be there. Not only is it great exercise to are. If we don’t have what you’re
But, tragically and inevitably, walk, but to walk in a place where looking for, there are many other
spouses pass away, and it is there are other people reminds organisations available. All it takes
precisely at that point that the us that we are part of a diverse is an intentional conversation with
benefit of connectedness comes group. Notice the people, greet me or a member of staff at any
into its own. some of them, even if one or two one of those organisations.
don’t return the greeting. You will
Perhaps we prefer to remain be surprised by the reactions, It could be the start of a whole
disconnected because we’ve been and you will be delighted by the new approach to the adventurous
made to feel out of touch by some occasional conversation that years of growing older.
insensitive attitudes and remarks. happens quite spontaneously.
In the face of such responses, we
withdraw into the world we know Joining a group
and trust. There’s just one problem that cares
with all these incentives. We seem
to need connection, and without it There are many groups in the
we drift away, or become anxious community that welcome new
and overwhelmed with sadness. members. Community centres,
men’s sheds and interest groups
can be wonderful focal points in
the week. Churches are centres
of care and compassion, and
there are numerous activities in
local churches that are open to
newcomers where new friends
can be made.
SCC to develop new aged care
community in Ballajura
SCC is excited to announce the Located on a 4.4-hectare site in • Contemporary residential
development of an innovative Ballajura, the new community aged care offering including
aged care community in Ballajura. will link key community elements age in place serviced
on both the north and south of apartments, specialist
In contrast to the current Paradise Quays and will combine dementia residential care and
offerings in the aged care the very best in contemporary residential respite care.
and accommodation sector, aged care and lifestyle options
our innovative integrated hub including: • A piazza that will provide a
offering provides a well-planned central meeting place as well
community environment • A mix of affordable and as easy access to local shops
comprising a broad range of accessible accommodation and amenities.
contemporary accommodation for seniors, all incorporating
options alongside the necessary the latest thinking in universal • A health and wellness
amenities to support the complex design to age in place. precinct, providing medical,
health and lifestyle needs of older rehabilitation and reablement
Western Australians. • Housing choices including services.
apartments and townhomes, • Shared community amenities
with residents able to access including rooftop gardens,
a broad range of in-home communal dining areas and
health and wellness services recreational outdoor spaces.
offered by Southern Plus,
if or when they need them
in the future.
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SCC’s Chairman, Brad Prentice Being uniquely positioned within a expected in a modern community,
said the Paradise Quays larger community hub in Ballajura, we are confident Paradise
precinct was being developed we believe Paradise Quays will Quays will become a lively urban
in response to the high demand provide numerous benefits for neighbourhood of like-minded
for contemporary age in place residents. These benefits include residents, retirees and their families.
accommodation, independent having a broad range of lifestyle
living and residential care and housing options to choose “We thank the City of Swan for the
options for older residents in from, being able to access the opportunity to embark on this
the Ballajura community. care and support they may need exciting project and look forward
as they age while also being to delivering a new community
“The City of Swan has able to enjoy the amenities and that will provide a broad range
acknowledged that it faces a facilities that are located close by. of lifestyle benefits to the wider
shortage of aged care facilities Ballajura community,” Brad said.
and services in the future, so the “With an enviable location that
proposed precinct design has provides residents with an Subject to approvals, the first
been developed in response to abundance of outdoor spaces to stage of the development is
the City’s needs, delivering up to enjoy including natural bushland, expected to commence in
245 dwellings for both aged care in addition to the amenities mid-2019.
and independent living.
“As one of Western Australia’s
leading aged care and
we are committed to providing
a range of innovative and
contemporary solutions for our
ageing population that meets
each person’s individual health,
wellness and lifestyle needs.
Kalgoorlie onsite dental clinic
a first in WA
Residents at SCC’s Victoria treatment. The Government With most of the residents having
Park Nursing Home and Dental Hospital was not able used the onsite clinic, Cheryl said
Hostel (VPNH) in Kalgoorlie to assist due to extremely long the residents we benefitting from
are benefiting from their waitlists, so I made contact with all having better dental health care.
state of the art onsite dental the dental surgeries in Kalgoorlie
clinic, with SCC being one of with the hope that a dentist could “There are so many benefits for
the first aged care providers come here and treat the residents. the elderly when they have good
in Western Australia to offer Unfortunately, it became apparent dental hygiene. When they have
this unique service. that it wasn’t possible as the a healthy mouth and teeth, we
dentist required a room and can ensure they have good food
Installed in December 2017, the specialised equipment. intake, preventing weight loss and
onsite dental clinic was the generally helping their overall
culmination of much hard work “With the help of a local dentist health and wellness.
and determination of VPNH who also shared my passion
Facility Manager Cheryl Hahn and for seniors dental health, we “It has always been a passion of
a local dentist. Cheryl explains successfully applied for a grant mine that residents in aged care
how the idea for the onsite clinic to the Goldfields Esperance receive the proper dental care
came about. Development commission that they need. I’m very proud
for $150,000 towards the of our onsite dental clinic, and
“When I commenced working at construction of our dental surgery I’m delighted that our residents’
VPNH in Kalgoorlie, I identified which is a fully equipped state of health is benefiting as a result of
very quickly that a number of the art dental room that will do this great initiative,” Cheryl said.
our residents required dental everything including being able to
hoist residents onto the chair,”
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15 Wolsely Rd,
Traditional Christmas Cake
This delicious traditional Christmas Cake is sure to Method:
be hit with family and friends this festive season.
Ingredients: Mix 3 Mix 2 together beat until
smooth add eggs one at a
Mix 1 5 eggs time. Add dry ingredients
mix 4 then add mix 1.
1 KG packet dried fruit Mix 4
½ cup mixed peel Step 2
1 cup chopped apricots 1 cup plain flour Place in a lined 230mm
1 cup dried figs 1 cup SR flour square cake tin bake at
100g glace cherries cut in half 1 tsp bicarbonate soda 130oC fan forced for 3 hours
1 tsp mixed spice until skewer inserted comes
1 tsp cinnamon Icing out clean.
1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup apricot jam Step 3
Mix 2 ½ cup brandy (optional) Once cold sprinkle with
Decorate with 3 x 500g packs brandy glaze with apricot
250G butter readymade icing jam which is used to stick
1 cup brown sugar soft the roll out icing to the cake.
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Retirement living at its best
Retirement is a new beginning to be enjoyed – One where you choose the way to live your life -
and at Southern Cross Care we recognise this. In selecting one of our villages, you will be part of a
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Success Village is situated in the bustling central Nestled in the beautiful, tranquil, riverside suburb
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gardens. The village is conveniently located to a outdoors and close to nature. The village offers 37
broad range of local amenities. units, with a range of both 2 and 3 bedroom layouts.
Four villas also have the added feature of built in lofts.
Villa 58 for sale: $299,000
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Donovan Village 21 Foley Village 22
138 Lewis Road, Forrestfield 84 Collick St, Hilton
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access to park a caravan. The onsite community range of both 2 and 3 bedroom layouts. Residents can
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Villa 53 for sale: $375,000 Villa 48 for sale: $530,000
Call Adam 0431 795 686 for more information. Visit www.scrosswa.org.au/retirement-villages/
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