Celebrating Seniors Week in Disguise

Celebrating Seniors Week in Disguise

This year we are celebrating Seniors Week, 17-25 August 2019, with masquerade parties at each of our aged care facilities and day respite centres. This week is one of our favourite weeks of the year; we get to recognise the contribution that seniors have made - and continue to make. We also get the opportunity to promote the experience that our services offer; warm, caring and full of life. If you’ve always wondered what life is like in an Ozcare aged care facility or at a day respite centre then come and join us at a masquerade party during Seniors Week.…

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New 'Screen Time' Project Empowers Ageing Australians to Get Online

People living with dementia in Queensland are showing there are no barriers to learning new technology as they take part in a pilot project that aims to improve digital literacy amongst ageing Australians. Therapists at Ozcare’s Day Respite Centre on the Gold Coast have started rolling out the project that involves the use of a new ‘smart’ technology screen recently adopted throughout Australian schools as a teaching tool.…

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Dancing for Dementia at Burleigh Heads Day Respite Centre

According to the Australian government guidelines, the secret to staying healthy as we age includes at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days as the minimum. One fun way to get your heart pumping is to participate in a DanceWise program which uses music, song and simple dance moves to increase cardio fitness, and, you don’t have to leave your seat to do it! Since the introduction of DanceWise into the weekly schedule this year, living well with dementia was taken to a new level at the Burleigh Heads Day Respite Centre.…

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Community Care Reaches for the Stars for Wayne

Ozcare's community care staff reached for the stars recently as part of the Wellness Program with Home Care Package client, Wayne. Wayne and his Ozcare companion were looking for locations to enjoy the relaxing art of people watching. Can you guess where they ended up? Click to read more.…

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Ozheart Winter Winner - Karen Russell

Our heartfelt congratulations to Karen Russell, Client Services Assistant at our Port Douglas Aged Care Facility, on winning the Ozheart Winter award. Karen received 11 nominations for the Ozheart award last quarter, from both staff and clients, and all nominations received were very complimentary of Karen's efforts in her role in the laundry. Karen's win demonstrates how our support staff, who do most of their work behind the scenes, play an invaluable role in making a difference in the lives of our clients.…

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), officially recognised by the United Nations in 2011. On this day individuals and organisations worldwide highlight the importance of the rights of older people, as prevention against the mistreatment and harm occurring in their communities.…

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Six Tips For Staying Happy & Healthy This Winter

When the days get shorter and colder, it can be harder to stay happy and healthy. This can be the case for older Queenslanders as the winter leads to less activity and more time away from social networks. But there are ways to counter the winter blues. Ozcare’s Head of Aged Care, Lanna Ramsay, has these winter warmers – six tips for staying on top of physical mental health during this Queensland winter. The good news is, they’re all fun:…

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Allen Bishop Named NQ Volunteer of the Year

Allen Bishop, who has given 10 years of his life to volunteering at our Villa Vincent aged care facility in Townsville, has been recognised for his efforts when he was named North Queensland Volunteer of the Year in an awards celebration last week.…

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Ozcare Loves Our Volunteers - National Volunteer Week, 20-26 May 2019

This National Volunteer Week, 20-26 May 2019, we have taken the opportunity to thank the more than 400 volunteers who generously donate their time across over 30 services throughout Ozcare. Our volunteers greatly assist our staff and help brighten the lives of our clients, and for this we are very grateful. Our services thanked volunteers with a morning tea and presented them with a gift as a small token of our appreciation. To shine a light on the high calibre of volunteers we are lucky enough to have at Ozcare, we would like to share the story of Angela McDonald, volunteer at Ozanam Villa Clontarf and nominee for the 2019 Queensland Volunteering Awards.…

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Ozcare Mackay Aged Care Facility Opening Mid-2020

More than 270 jobs will be created as part of a landmark project to deliver a revolutionary new aged care facility in Mackay. Once completed, Ozcare’s 120-bed facility, built by Woollam Constructions, will be one of the largest construction projects in the region in recent years, delivering 150 jobs in construction and 120 jobs during its operation.…

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