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June 2015
We have been having a wonderful time over the last couple of months, particularly with the Centenary celebrations.  In May,our High Tea was a great success; everyone thoroughly enjoyed an excuse to have a glamorous morning with friends, lovely china, food and refreshments.  

Staff also celebrated the Centenary at a fabulous masked ball held at Doltone House in the City. Our Chairman, John Laurie asked me to make a small speech about resident care and as the longest-serving staff member of Twilight Aged Care, our very own Maria Agostino was asked to speak on behalf of the staff, which she did with aplomb! Well done Maria.

Take a peek at our photographs and see whether you can identify any of our staff in their glad rags and masks!  Even better, LIKE us on facebook and receive regular updates and photographs of residents and activities.

In other staff news, we said farewell to Ronaldo who had been doing our laundry for many years.  We received an application from one of our other staff, Hay Blu, who wanted to transfer to the laundry position. However, this role involves driving a large van and carrying huge bags of washing between our Hunters Hill and Gladesville sites. Hay was so determined to do the job that she rented a van for the weekend and underwent further driver training so that she could demonstrate her ability, commitment and enthusiasm. Welcome Hay .... we are pleased to have you as part of our team.

Building work at Gordon is continuing well in spite of a very muddy site after so much rain. We will be sending another detailed update soon but in the meantime, here is a link to the last bulletin plus you can see photographs from last week's site meeting below.

At the end of May, over two days with two assessors, Horton House underwent Accreditation.  I am delighted to report that we attained 44 out of 44 outcomes with no recommendations for improvement. This is a wonderful achievement, not only by my team at Horton House, but also the wider Twilight Aged Care staff. None of this would be possible without a huge effort from the management team at head office and every single member of staff at Horton.  Needless to say, accreditation never makes us complacent; on the contrary, we are always striving to maintain and improve our level of service and care and we hope this is reflected in everything we do.

Last week we held the first Horton House Open Day. Unfortunately the weather was not kind but we still welcomed some new visitors and enjoyed fresh coffee, delicious morning tea and an excuse to show off our facility.  We thought it would be good practice for the big party we plan to throw when we move back to Gordon!

With warmest wishes, Fiona

Sandy says ...

Horton has once again accomplished, conquered, maintained and implemented what we all so highly aim to achieve in conjunction with Our Mission Statement and values. Passing 44/44 standards with no recommendations has underlined what we already believe .... that we are doing a good job! However we now continue caring for our residents, relatives and carers.

For the month of May we focused on the Centenary, remembering the beginning of Twilight and what it stands for. Discussions were held with residents as to what they thought it would have been like in that era 100 years ago, reading information provided by Julia (our Marketing & Events Consultant) as displayed on her beautiful posters which you can see on our walls.  Good job accomplished by Julia; every one commented on the history and beautiful photos.

Celebrating with our special High Tea and beautiful cake couldn’t have been done any other way. All who attended (residents and relatives) praised the wonderful work and display which was so successful.  

With our continuous education and care, I am quite sure we can conquer any situation which may befall us AND not forgetting Fiona, our Facility Manager who guides us along in the right direction. I would like to extend thanks to Mr. John Laurie (Chairman) and Margaret Merlin (Manager, Operations) who took time out of their busy schedules to sit, mingle and enjoy those special moments with residents and staff.
Mr Laurie asked me if the residents have settled and I told him yes. In respect to this, I read to the Residents the last updated report on the development of Horton at Gordon, Well!  Discussing John Stuart’s comments about returning to Horton at Gordon in June nearly started a heat wave, some residents used explicit language to describe their feelings... which was expected. In spite of this, most have settled in at Hunters Hill.  “There’s no place like home” I had to remind them.... plus, if I am going to remain with them at Hunters Hill until June they have to stop grumbling... if not I’ll resign. Well! I must say, with deep breaths and complete silence there was never another word mentioned. PHEW!!

Cecily is continuing to provide residents with much looked-forward- to sessions playing the piano, violin and encouraging interaction amongst residents with particular requests.Residents also continue to enjoy weekly Tai chi sessions. Mei-Ling is continuing to volunteer on Fridays playing the piano and interacting with residents. Peter Akins from the Congregational Church (Vespers) is now interacting with residents playing hymns and reading from the Bible on the last Friday of every month. Residents are also looking forward to our Centenarian Edith Barnwell’s son, Neil’s poetry and story reading day. Neil reads with great vigour and emphasis which keeps everyone engaged. Bus trips are enjoyed by all. Short trips to local parks and beaches are a great way to get out and about and a recent visit to Harry’s Café at Woolloomooloo, enjoying their lovely pies and having a cup of tea at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair was greatly appreciated.

Now winter is upon us, we are focusing on more indoor activities and are in the process of introducing aromatherapy, focusing on calming the agitated, restless and sun downing residents.
We have welcomed Joyce Porter and Richard Temple, previous resident from Hunters Hill and also Lynette Shaw and Father Kevin Kerley as permanent residents. Welcome everyone.


What's coming up in 2015?

Tuesday 28th July 1.30pm
Tuesday 27th October 1.30pm

FAMILY LIAISON MEETINGS - in the Ground Floor Lounge
Monday 17th August 5.30 for 6pm

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8 D'Aram Street
Hunters Hill
NSW 2110
Ph 02 9499 2064
Facility Manager: Fiona Kelman

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