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JOURNAL

May 2015

From the Facility Manager

 

Since our last newsletter we have had lots of action at Jamieson House.

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a concert with Gordon Cheng and decorated the place in green. We had a lovely Irish stew for lunch and even had an ‘extra’ Happy Hour on the day to get in the mood.
 
The Gardening Club had an impromptu outing to Park Lea Markets one afternoon and the residents were able to choose their favorite plants. One lady was just mesmerized by all the pansies so we brought a few punnets home to plant in the garden, along with several other flowering plants to create some winter cheer later in the year.
  
In March we hosted a morning tea for the residents of our sister-facility, Horton House. The residents from both houses found much to talk about and discuss. Ben Chard played the piano which provided a lovely atmosphere. The ladies wanted him to continue but unfortunately it was time for our visitors to head back to Hunters Hill. 

The Centenary of Anzac Day was particularly poignant, coinciding with 100 years of Twilight Aged Care.  We had a moving service and planted a commemorative tree in the gardens.

Please come and see me any time - you are most welcome.

From the RAO TEAM

On 13th April 2015, as part of the Centenary retrospective, 8 school children came to spend time with the residents of Jamieson House. When the children walked in, the eyes of the residents just lit up; they were so thrilled to see the young children laughing, talking, and some being shy!   
 
We all spent the most rewarding hour together - which as you can imagine, just flew past!  It was also interesting to see our residents truly being the hosts and nurturers. 
 
Diana Collings, our wonderful Volunteer, led the group, and supplied all the paints, brushes and pictures so that we could create art together - and which is now on our dining room wall for you to see and enjoy.

Pictures of us on a bus trip out for hamburgers!


Some ANZAC stories

 
‘Historians estimate some 2000 Australians were killed or wounded but there are no precise casualty figures for that day – the fighting was too confused and casualties were widely dispersed across the battlefield , the beach and on board hospital ships. The Anzacs were evacuated in December 1915, and by then some 8700 Australians and 2700 New Zealanders had been killed’.
 
Iris Campbell’s daughter has been kind enough to share some of their family history with us for ANZAC Day.  Iris is our oldest resident who fondly remembers her uncle, Harold Morrison, and the medal which he wore each ANZAC day and how proud he was to have served in Gallipoli. Harold was a veteran digger and below is some of his proud history.
 
‘A Place of Honor’ – Veteran Harold Morrison was one of the soldiers of the initial landing party that stormed the beaches of Gallipoli in 1915.  In 1965, he was awarded a special, and extremely rare, medal by the Australian Government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing. Harold Morrison signed up in 1914 and was then living at Young. Harold Morrison’s medal is in The Australian War Memorial in Canberra which is dedicated to preserving the legacies of our ex serviceman. This medal is a reminder to future generations of the men who were present at Australia’s ‘coming of age’ as a Nation.


A copy of the medal presented to Harrold Morrison in 1965.
 
 

Special Event

JAMIESON HOUSE MASKED BALL for RESIDENTS
14th May 2015 - at 10.30am
 AUSTEN LOUNGE
TO CELEBRATE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF TWILIGHT AGED CARE
PLEASE PUT ON YOUR BEST FROCKS AND  DANCING SHOES !
Please feel free to join in the fun – but you will need to bring a mask!

A few house rules to note please ...

Medicare Cards
Reminder please make sure Medicare Cards for your loved ones are renewed!  Thank you.

Gate Security 
When entering and leaving the property you must ensure both gates are closed securely. If you are unsure about another person wanting to leave the property please ring the intercom located at the front gate prior to opening the gate for staff advice. Please do not let anyone persuade you to let them out unless you are certain of who they are. Sometimes this can be awkward, but better to be safe than sorry.
 
Flu and Colds 
If you are suffering from a Cold and/or Flu we ask kindly that you stay away from visiting your loved ones as they are very vulnerable to catching colds and/or flu more easily. If you are on skype, this is a great way to keep in touch, especially if you have to miss a visit.  Call us to find out how to set this up.
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Our mailing address is:

8 York Street,
Beecroft, NSW 2119
Ph: 02 9484 1464
Facility Manager: Claire Banister-Jones
www.twilight.org.au

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