Rocco Andreacchio is a State Finalist in the 2021 LASA Excellence in Aged Services Awards

Rocco Andreacchio, Manager, Hospitality and Facilities is passionate about providing diverse and nutritious dining experiences to our residents at Fresh Hope Care. The positive and innovative changes he has implemented have transformed the experience for residents. 

Proud of Rocco’s achievements, his manager, Suzanne Moujalli, Head of Governance and Clinical Risk nominated him for an award in the LASA Excellence in Aged Services Awards. The nomination was successful, and Rocco was announced as one of only three State Finalists for the Individual Award! The LASA awards are highly regarded in the industry and it’s extremely impressive to become a state finalist. 

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Let’s celebrate and say thank you to our Fresh Hope Care nurses

Today is International Nurses Day! A day to recognise and celebrate the outstanding commitment nurses make towards our Fresh Hope Care communities each and every day.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May every year, which is also the anniversary of the birth of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. In 2021, the theme for International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare’. It is the year to look back and reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how this will affect the future of healthcare.

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Maureen Muir shares the important benefits of volunteering

We recently had the pleasure of catching up with the delightful Maureen Muir. Maureen is a long-time volunteer at Clelland Lodge and winner of Fresh Hope Care’s 2019 May Ashwood Award.

Maureen has been volunteering at Clelland for 10 years and is a founding member of the ‘trolley dollies’. She takes a trolley around to the residents and they can purchase items off it. It’s like a convenience store on wheels with all the goods, including the popular chocolate bars and chip packets.

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Wrapped with love

On Monday afternoons a group of ladies who live at Forestville Retirement Village can be seen knitting and chatting away. Most recently they have been making scarves and beanies for refugees who are in tent camps in the Northern Hemisphere. 

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Fresh Hope Care Volunteer, Rae Doak receives OAM

Clelland Lodge volunteer and winner of Fresh Hope Care’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award, Rae Doak has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). Rae shared the achievement with her husband James who was also awarded an OAM. Together they were recognised for their outstanding commitment and service in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven communities.

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An afternoon of appreciation at Green Hills

After Fresh Hope Care’s participation in a Health Generation event focusing on mental health of leaders in Aged Care, the team thanked Fresh Hope Care by donating a $500 voucher.

A few months prior to this, Fresh Hope Care’s Executive General Manager, Lynn Bailey had put out a call to all residential care staff seeking expressions of interest from anyone willing to provide support in the event that a site experienced a COVID-19 outbreak.

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It’s never too late to find love

Denise, 74 first met Peter 35 years ago when he was doing electrical work for her parents. They formed a close friendship and stayed connected throughout the years.

As life journeyed on for both, Denise began thinking about downsizing and the thought of a retirement village sounded perfect. Denise was living alone, so the security, included maintenance and the social aspect were all very appealing benefits. In 2014, Denise made the exciting decision to move into the Highfield Court community in Newcastle. Coincidentally, the village also happened to be just around the corner from her friend Peter’s home.

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