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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Kiama’s new wave in retirement.

Kiama has remained a much-loved destination for Sydney, Illawarra and south coast families, and also why, trusted Retirement and Aged Care operator, Fresh Hope, pin-pointed Kiama as home for a magnificent, new retirement community.

In a major step forward for Fresh Hope and Kiama, the soon-to-be-announced coastal retirement project has just received Development Approval from Kiama Council.

Centrally located on 33 Collins Street, the development will offer 56 architect-designed retirement apartments, spread over 3 and 4 storey buildings.

Along with ample basement parking, the village community’s residents will enjoy communal courtyard green spaces and enticing roof-terraces as well as a lounge, gym and workshops.

The visionary approach to retirement on the coast is the very latest retirement development by not-for-profit organisation Fresh Hope, who currently operate eight Independent Living Retirement Villages and eight Residential Care Services in regional and metropolitan locations throughout New South Wales.

Partnering with renowned builders, Ganellen, this development will set a new benchmark in retirement apartment living, designed to create and nurture a close-knit and like-minded neighbourhood village community spirit.

Lynn Bailey, Executive General Manager of Fresh Hope Care, said her team could see the positive connections of holidays and weekend trips to Kiama that both local and city retirees and their families would respond fondly to.

“Our vision is for retirees to feel free to just be themselves. And what better place than this oh-so well-known and loved coastal township of Kiama, to achieve that.”

 

Media enquiries:
Lynn Bailey, Executive General Manager of Fresh Hope Care NSW – (02) 8573 6003

A fresh look for Magnolia Cottage

Magnolia Cottage is Fresh Hope Care’s day respite centre for people with memory loss. It is located in Nowra and the work the team do there makes a huge difference to the lives of those in the local community. The cottage is beautiful and quaint, but it had started to also become a little tired and outdated.

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