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Tuesday 24 November 2015

From the Facility Manager
Welcome to our early summer newsletter which will show you how varied life at Jamieson House can be.

The residents have had fun in the past few months with various activities including their own Masked Ball. This was held to complement the ball that the staff attended in May to celebrate 100  years of Twilight Aged Care .

We have also enjoyed visiting the other facilities in the Twilight group for morning tea and sharing stories which you will see from the photographs.

Two residents have also shared their stories with us which always makes us realise how ‘spoilt’ we are to be living in the 21st century.

Please note the information regarding the installation of the Fire Sprinklers which commenced 17th November 2015 from the CEO – Lesley Jordan. You would have received a letter form Lesley regarding the commencement of works. There should be minimal disruption to the residents and we will liaise with families on a regular basis regarding the progress of works.

Should you have any queries or concerns during any phase of this process please contact me as soon as possible so that I can clarify any issues you may have.

Installation of Fire Sprinkler System
(From the desk of the CEO)
To comply with mandatory requirements to have sprinklers systems fitted in all aged care homes a fire sprinkler system will be installed throughout Jamieson House commencing Monday 16 November 2015. We estimate the project will take approximately 8 weeks from commencement.

Retrofitting sprinklers in an existing operational facility is a complex undertaking. During that time we will be installing pipe work throughout the building, sprinkler heads into each resident bedroom, all bathrooms and dining rooms. Work will generally only be carried out during business hours Monday to Friday, however some Saturday work may be required by the installer.

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to residents during this time. As work is progressed we will arrange to temporarily accommodate residents during the day in alternate rooms to allow the installation of water pipes and sprinkler heads, whilst ensuring residents still have access to comfortable areas to rest.

Specialist fire sprinkler installers Zadro Constructions have been chosen to carry out the works and they are familiar with working in operating aged care environments. Zadro have presented us with a safety management plan for the site. All contractors coming on site will have undertaken appropriate police and identity checks.

Paul Myjavec our Project Manager will oversee the project to ensure construction meets the planned deadline for completion of February 2016. The project team will meet each week on site to plan the work for the week and to manage any impact on residents, staff or families.

Our facility manager Claire Banister-Jones will communicate regularly with residents, families and staff about the moves as they are identified. If you would like more information or raise any issues in respect of the work being undertaken please contact Claire on (02) 9484 0797.
Happy 100 Years Twilight!
On 14 May we celebrated Masked Ball for our residents at Jamieson House through the month we made masks and it was a vibrant morning with our residents and staff dancing and celebrating 100 years of Twilight Aged Care.


On 22 May staff at Jamieson House were treated to once in a lifetime Masked Ball at Doltone House in the city. The evening was just so perfect with all the staff, their partners and Members of the board attending to celebrate 100 Years of Twilight Aged Care. 

We thank Julia Thomas our Marketing Officer who made this evening a great success.
Long Bus Trips
We are pleased to introduce the long bus trips back to Jamieson House. The first trip was to La Perouse beach for Fish and Chips which was enjoyed by all the residents who attended. Long trip happens last Wednesday of the month. Any suggestions on future destinations please see Sue who has taken over from Ben or Sadhna.
Activities and Inter House visits
On Wednesday 29 April our residents were hosted to a morning tea at Horton House in Hunter Hill. We were treated to a wonderful morning tea and entertainment.


These photographs were taken at the inter house morning tea we held to welcome fellow residents who visited us from Horton House in Hunters Hill. We were treated to a lovely morning tea with entertainment.


Dancing with Charles The Dance Man has been very popular. We have Charles coming regularly to dance with our residents. Tai Chi continues every fortnight and the residents always enjoy their walks in the garden.
Life Story of Athol Patch
Athol has been our resident for past four years and we would like to share his Story in this edition.

Athol was born in Lismore on 5 August in 1922. He was the eldest of eight children.

He grew up on a dairy farm at Lagoon’s Grass, near Lismore.

One of his neighbours was Daphne Greenwood. They went to school together at Goonellabah. They married in 1947 after he returned from active service in World War II.

He and Daphne had three children, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He worked in various roles, from milkman, with his own horse and cart to pastry cook at the Lismore Base Hospital. He then re-trained in Sydney as a cabinetmaker.

On his return to Lismore he initially worked in his own cabinet making business and then for a larger Lismore cabinet making firm. He then moved to working, for a number of years, “on the tools” travelling around providing maintenance to schools with the Public Works Department. From here he moved into the role of Clerk of Works with the same department supervising the construction and repair of schools, government offices and police stations and courthouses. He worked in this capacity for many years, moving from Lismore to Narrabri and then Sydney.

When he retired he became caretaker/gardener at Lynesta, a large Federation home, owned by Japanese doctors, with around 5 acres of grounds, in St Ives.The doctor and he became great friends with Athol and Daphne being treated to a personally guided and all expenses paid visit to Japan in repayment for his long service. This was a significant time for Athol considering his previous experience fighting against the Japanese during the war. He worked in this capacity until he was around 87 and health problems began to show for Daphne and him. His home for 44 years in Asquith had a large garden. Athol was very adept at growing vegetables and plants. He loved to be in the yard and his shed, making, repairing and maintaining things, using his large collection of tools and gadgets. He was very proud of the extension he had added to his home. It was nothing for him to paint the whole house on a regular basis. He also built many built-in, floor- to-ceiling, cupboards in almost every room in the house. The kitchen he also built, as well as many items of furniture.

For many years he made the bread for the household using his skills learnt during his army days and work cooking in the hospital. He was the main breakfast cook at home in his later years.

Another of his great interests was his car. He spent considerable time making sure it was in good running order and keeping it clean. Fishing was a pastime he really enjoyed. He often went with his father and one or two of his brothers or his own family.

At Jamieson Athol always offers a helping hand to staff, other residents and always happy. Athol has a very caring family who support him and visit him very regularly.
“When I was Young”
Story from Margot Wall about Swagman
Margot remembers growing up during depression years in a country town around central New South Wales. A swagman is a man who has become destitute and used to wander roads near smaller towns. Margot talks about how each property owned a letterbox, typically the size of a big drum.

Twice a week the postman would come by and deliver personal mail, bills, newspaper and groceries from the local market. A swagman was forced into hard times, because they often didn’t have much of a pension to live off of. Margot recalls the swagmen arriving at her house asking her mother “Any odd jobs for a loaf of bread?”

Majority of the time swagmen were paid with food instead of physical money. Their appearance was often grungy, and they were dressed in old tattered clothes.

Not all homes were welcoming towards swagmen; therefore certain houses that were welcoming remained popular and spread quickly by word of mouth.
We would love to hear some feedback from you all. Jamieson House always welcomes comments to help us improve ourselves. We hope to hear from you.
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8 York Street,
Beecroft, NSW 2119
Ph: 02 9484 1464
Facility Manager: Claire Banister-Jones

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