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When it comes to moving into a retirement village, no one is better equipped to give advice than our actual residents. We sat down with Patricia and Daphne from St Brigid’s Green, so that we could provide you with real, first-hand advice. Both Patricia and Daphne have made the big move and haven’t looked back, so if you’re thinking of moving into a village, keep reading for their expert tips.
It’s now been one year since we opened the doors of St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah to our first Retirement Village residents. Even though we are now home to over 100 seniors, our village still hasn’t lost that brand-new feeling you get when you enter into the exquisite reception area.
The first three floors of our Aged Care Home in Kogarah were met with such high demand that we are opening up our fourth and final floor on Monday, 12 November 2018. This will see another 23 suites added to our community, most of which feature stunning aspects over Botany Bay and the surrounding St George area.
You’re sitting on the balcony of your new apartment. The sun is rising over the water and the Sydney skyline to your north is silhouetted against the pink sky. You feel the cool sea breeze and you take a moment to appreciate where you are. The view to Botany Bay is beautiful at this time of morning, and from where you’re sitting you can take it all in. You head inside and down the lift to the café for a coffee – who knew retirement living could be so easy?
Did you know there are over 100 types of Dementia? The Care Team at St Patrick’s Green does and they understand that each type requires a different approach to care. Every team member in our Aged Care Home undertakes Dementia training, which supports the individual style of care they provide to each of the residents living with Dementia in Synergy House.
Anyone who’s had a loved one move into a Residential Aged Care Home knows what a daunting experience it can be. For many, it comes with mixed emotions; some might be sad about leaving the family home, scared, or simply unwilling to accept that they need care — all of these are perfectly normal emotions for such a big decision. At St Patrick’s Green we recognise that some people need a little extra help transitioning into Aged Care, whether it be the new resident or their family. That’s why we have introduced a Transition Nurse role at our Aged Care Home in Kogarah, and it’s a game changer for the industry.
Tanya Davies, the NSW Government’s Minister for Ageing, has awarded St Patrick’s Green a grant for our Grandfriends Project. The Project focuses on building inter-generational friendships between our Aged Care Home residents and kids from the local pre-school. Each week the kids visit our Kogarah village for morning tea and an activity which our residents help to organise. Not only does this provide a fun opportunity for the pre-schoolers to socialise with the elderly people in our community, but it also provides our residents with joy and a sense of purpose.