Last Thursday afternoon, residents and staff at Ashwood Aged Care Residence had the great opportunity to meet with the Shadow Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Ms Clare O’Neil and Member for Parramatta, Mr Andrew Charlton.

Anjee Seeckun and her team hosted the afternoon and Ms O’Neil and Mr Charlton were warmly welcomed with a sumptuous afternoon tea and enjoyed the chance to chat with our residents, staff and also Lynn Bailey, Director of Seniors Communities and Fresh Hope CEO, Dan Dwyer.

Over tea and cupcakes, residents shared openly with the visitors about their experience at Ashwood and ideas and possible opportunities for change within the service. Ms O’Neill and Mr Charlton also met with a number of staff ranging from care, kitchen to maintenance team members asking for honest feedback and what they could do to better advocate for them.

Ms O’Neil took great interest in our services and the different issues we face in the sector. Lynn shared the understandable challenges we have had with staffing, particularly over the last two years, and how the funding model needs reviewing. Dan also voiced the challenges faced with the lengthy process in the master planning for the redevelopment of the site.

Ashwood Aged Care Residence was the first residential care service established by Churches of Christ in 1938, accommodating over 170 residents. The redevelopment we are working towards at Pendle Hill will enhance the existing facilities to create a vibrant intergenerational community and provide additional and improved housing for residents while ensuring best practice and innovation is adopted across the site.

Lynn shared, “We’re so grateful for the time the Shadow Minister and Member for Parramatta spent with us and their genuine interest in our work here. Thank you also to Anjee and her exceptional team for hosting the afternoon so well.”