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Residents keen to go digital

Karrinyup retirement village residents enjoyed a coaching session in June on using digital technology to explore, shop and connect.

Telstra and the Seniors Recreation Council of WA hosted the free coaching session to show seniors how easy it is to access information like transport schedules, order groceries online, and connect with family and friends using technology.

Among the participants were residents from Amana Living’s Moline Village in Karrinyup, who were bussed to Telstra’s head office for the session.

Community backs mini golf

Residents at our Kalgoorlie care centre, Edward Collick Home, have been enjoying their new mini golf course over the past few months, thanks to generous donations of funds and time by the local community.

At the end of May, the wheelchair-accessible course was officially opened by John Bowler, Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and Wendy Duncan MLA.

The event was an opportunity to invite and thank the supporters who had made the new facility possible.

 

The art of dementia

Enriching the lives of people living with dementia is a vital part of what we do. At Kinross Care Centre, a recent project has transformed the living environment.

The project began with the creation of an Enrichment Team, who were tasked with looking for ways to improve the residents’ living environment. The team decided to differentiate the centre’s three permanent care houses with feature walls and new names: Kookaburra House, Beach House and Frangipani House. They then put out a call for a volunteer to paint a themed mural on each feature wall.

We value our volunteers

Our volunteers are vital in helping us enrich the lives of residents and clients. Some of them got together recently for morning tea at Zamia Cafe and a tour of Kings Park. The event was hosted by Amana Living to thank volunteers for their time and dedication.

For more information about volunteering for Amana Living, go to the Volunteering page of our website.

 

Staff give back to residents

Amana Living staff have hearts of gold. Many employees make regular donations from their pay towards the Staff Giving Fund, which is dedicated to projects that enrich the lives of residents and clients.

At Hale Care Centre in Coolbellup, the fund has enabled Service Manager Freeman Figgins to turn a courtyard area into an attractive space that offers both sensory stimulation and a place to relax.

Home care options include social outings

Home care isn't just about having services delivered to your doorstep. The package we put together for you will depend on what you think will make your life better, more enriched, more independent.

This photo was taken on an outing with our Kites social program. Groups of people are matched for their interests and preferences. Then we organise trips and support them with any needs or requests they may have during the outing.

Volunteer artist paints murals for dementia residents

Artist Jane Dacruz is creating murals for residents at Kinross Care Centre to enjoy.

The project was prompted by the renaming of three of the centre’s four houses as Kookaburra House, Beach House and Frangipani House.

The centre’s enrichment team put out a call for a volunteer to paint themed murals on feature walls in each house, and Jane saw this as a chance to give back to the community.

Youngsters and elders get together

When people living with dementia interact with youngsters, both generations benefit. Amana Living is seeing this happen in a variety of settings, including the recently introduced McCusker Advocates Program.

A number of studies demonstrate the positive results of intergenerational programs for people with dementia and children. But studies aside, common sense tells us that getting residents and clients together with young people is likely to be a positive experience.

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