Little things, like the day-to-day care and respect you receive from our people, and the local knowledge that comes from us being part of your local community. Big things, like the fact that we offer the complete range of aged care services, from relaxed retirement living to expert, compassionate dementia and palliative care.
There’s only one decision you need to make to cover all your aged care needs – Anglican Care.
Lifestyle & Wellbeing
Our award winning lifestyle and wellbeing programs aim to do just that. Wherever you are on life’s journey we can offer a program of activities to promote pleasure, enjoyment and fun. You’ll be encouraged to enjoy your favourite pastimes or explore new interests. Activities include live concerts and entertainment, bus outings, music and pet therapy, gentle exercise and much more. Click here to see an example of one of our monthly programs.
At the heart of our programs is getting to know you!
We really want to discover the stories that make you who you are. Our Lifestyle and Wellbeing staff love the opportunity of getting to know you and your family members.
At all times we want to go ‘above and beyond’ in what we can offer our residents and consumers, providing that little bit extra that can sometimes make all the difference. Unique to our organisation are the two latest programs aimed to do just that.
We want to decrease the escalation of dementia symptoms which people can experience; these may include anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, wandering or aggression, amongst others.
Our team aims to treat the person on an individual basis by developing an extensive knowledge of their health status, environment, their past experiences, interests and their family. The team then implements individualized therapy based strategies that can reduce the use of pharmaceuticals. Therapy based strategies used by our DART team include, but are not limited to exercise, music, reminiscence, multi-sensory and pet therapy.
Our dementia care is anchored in the principles of respect, dignity and love, delivered through activities and therapeutic support programs designed to optimise health and wellbeing at all times. Our specialist Care and Lifestyle Team work hand in hand with our resident’s and consumer’s family to design an individualized care plan that reflects their unique capabilities and stage of cognitive decline.
As the disease follows its natural course, our highly skilled Registered Nurses and trained dementia care workers are on hand to manage day-to-day health issues. When more complex clinical issues arise, our Nurse Practitioners are there to provide another level of assessment and care, in close consultation with our resident’s or consumer’s Doctor.
Dealing with dementia is difficult, but you can rest easy knowing that your loved one is receiving the best of loving care.
We’re committed to helping you live well right through until the end of life, whether you are living in one of our residential homes or your own home in the community.
Our dedicated team, including our Nurse Practitioners, will work closely with you and your family to help plan ahead, giving everyone involved the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes, decisions and choices have been fully explored and understood. Our collaborative approach is all about ensuring your health and wellbeing through to the end of life with a focus on pain management and comfort. A philosophy that has been embraced by our staff.
Where the resident or consumer is suffering from a dementia-related illness, we work together with those they love most to ensure their care is what they would want if they were able to speak for themselves.
At times, though, it can be exhausting, socially isolating and overwhelming. That’s when you need take some time out for yourself, time to recharge and rejuvenate. Overnight respite is available at a number of our residential homes and day respite is provided at our Homelife Day Centres.
They offer a place where your loved one can enjoy companionship and interaction with other residents, along with activities designed to match their personal abilities and needs, including dementia-specific care.
In the meantime, you’ll be free to focus on your own emotional and physical wellbeing for a while, knowing that your loved one is in safe, caring hands.
Call our friendly staff today to discuss your respite needs. We’re here to help.
At the heart of the Christian faith, and our mission, is the desire to care for the whole person. Ageing doesn’t diminish the importance of a person’s spiritual, physical, emotional, social or cultural care.
Our Chaplaincy Services provides each site with their own chaplain, who is an ordained priest in the Diocese of Newcastle. Our chaplains provide weekly Communion services, offering residents the opportunity to connect with their faith in meaningful ways. Our chaplains respect and honour each individual, offering pastoral care to all our residents, regardless of their religious (or non-religious) beliefs.
It is the chaplain’s ministry to provide:
- Spiritual support of each resident and their families
- An assurance of the resident’s intrinsic worth and value
- Quality listening and a compassionate, caring presence
- Respect for the integrity of every person’s faith or spirituality
- Opportunities to nurture and encourage a healthy spiritual life and strong sense of wellbeing.
The Reverend Andrew Harrison is the Chaplaincy Services Coordinator of Anglican Care. The Reverend Jenny Foley is Associate Chaplain at Booragul and Toronto.
We are committed to providing spiritual and emotional care for our residents that offers a non-judgmental, empathic, compassionate, listening presence.
Our Local Parish Chaplains
- Reverend Peter Tinney: Taree (Rector, Parish of Taree)
- Reverend Cathy Walker: Warnervale (Priest in Local Mission, Parish of Lakes Anglican)
- Reverend Julie Turnbull: Carey Bay (Rector, Parish of Toronto)
- Reverend Peter Adkins: Bulahdelah (Rector, Parish of Bulahdelah/Tea Gardens)
- Reverend David Hesketh: Mount Hutton (Associate Priest, Parish of Windale)
- Reverend Cameron Freese: Merewether (Rector, Parish of Merewether)
- Reverend Andrew Eaton: Jesmond (Rector, Parish of Wallsend)
- Reverend Philip Thirlwell: Buchanan Court (Honorary Chaplain)