What is RSL Life Care? Find out
DSCN0681 | RSL LifeCare - provide care and service to war veterans, retirement villages and accommodation, aged care services and assisted living
September 03, 2019

Giving To Each Other

Forming connections and feeling useful are some of the results from a new playgroup established on the NSW Far South Coast at RSL LifeCare’s Albert Moore Gardens, Merimbula. Since May, the aged care home has hosted an intergenerational playgroup in which the basic human need “to give” has being realised.

Research into intergenerational play has clearly shown the positive outcomes of the very young and very old being in each other’s company.

A documentary currently airing on ABC television Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds (filmed at RSL LifeCare’s ANZAC Village Narrabeen) highlights the importance of these interactions.

“Many of our residents are long-time members of the community,” Albert Moore Gardens’ manager and registered nurse Julie Evans said. “Having that connection with the local area is very important to them, and to the staff here.

“There is mutual benefit. The older people feel as though they are assisting the parents of the little children. And the parents feel that by bringing their kids they are helping the oldies. As well as receiving love, it’s about feeling useful.”

Mrs Evans cited community groups that visited Albert Moore Gardens such as the Brownies and Duke of Edinburgh High School students. Playgroup, as it is known, was another form of community involvement for the aged-care facility.

Playgroup happens at Albert Moore weekly on Tuesday mornings.

Residents were given the option to attend and Mrs Evans said there were usually about 15 of the seniors who participated.

As well as receiving love, it’s about feeling useful”

– Julie Evans

Those who took part could either be passively involved or “get their hands dirty” playing games, singing songs, storytelling or using playdough.

Morning tea was also served during the time.

“One of our residents used to be our town’s Debutante Ball co-ordinator,” Mrs Evans said. “She recognised one of the mothers at Playgroup as someone she helped ‘usher into society’.”

Another was a teacher and she reportedly enjoyed using those skills once more; she said she “loved” Playgroup.

“A number of the families who attend are from low socio-economic backgrounds, not being able to afford a lot,” Mrs Evans said. “In coming here they feel like they are making a contribution.”

This is a community group but it was started by a local church, the Sapphire Life Church in Merimbula.

Parishioner and mother of five Janita Fernando started making enquiries with Albert Moore last year after seeing her youngest daughter’s joy at an intergenerational day care.

“Not all the children have grandparents, so there is that surrogate grandparent element,” she said.

“The residents have so much to give – they’ve been down this road. They are full of wisdom”

– Janita Fernando.

“The children are learning how to respect and have fun with people of different ages. The residents have much to give – they’ve been down this road. They are full of wisdom.

“They are so patient and beautiful with the children.”

Mrs Fernando said more than 30 families had registered with Playgroup. “We’ve been absolutely thrilled with the response,” she said.

“The residents are very eager and each week they are ready and waiting for the children to arrive. As the kids come through the door their faces light up.”

She said some of the frail were unable to participate in activities but were still able to hold, for instance, a 6-month-old baby, while mum had a chat with other mothers.

Mrs Fernando said that in her time running the group she’d heard stories about a number of residents who did not attend any activities save for Playgroup.

Denise Mynott, resident with daughter

 

Story by Rod Bennett

 

Blog Posts

Help for Vets in Need

Veterans’ Services

Find out more

Latest News

array(2) { [0]=> int(175) [1]=> int(41) }

RSL LifeCare’s Response to Federal Budget

RSL LifeCare has welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment in additional support and funding across Aged Care and Veterans’ Services as part of the October 2022...

Read more

RSL LifeCare welcomes new CEO

Media Release 21 September 2022 RSL LifeCare has welcomed a new CEO this week, with the appointment of experienced and entrepreneurial business leader, Janet Muir. ...

Read more

Fee-free certified training for veterans or their partners across NSW with JobTrainer

In collaboration with Training Services NSW through their JobTrainer program, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services is providing access to four certification programs across hospitality, business, leadership...

Read more

Access to fee-free certified training with the JobTrainer pilot program

In collaboration with Training Services NSW through their JobTrainer program, RSL LifeCare Veteran Services are piloting access to three certification programs across business, leadership and...

Read more

Lakes of Cherrybrook

As a part-owner of ‘Lakes of Cherrybrook,’ RSL LifeCare is aware of some building and maintenance issues raised by a small number of Strata owners...

Read more
Wal Williams OAM, ANZAC Commemorative Service, 21st April 2022.

Vale Walter Williams OAM

RSL LifeCare staff and residents alike have been deeply saddened to learn of the passing of long - time ANZAC Village resident and respected RSL...

Read more

Giving our nurses a voice to lead

Today, on International Nurses Day (IND) we shine a light on our nursing staff and their vital work. Our nurses are a core part of RSL...

Read more

Hugh Cunningham Gardens welcomes Australian Defence Force support

RSL LifeCare has welcomed the support of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel at Hugh Cunningham Gardens residential aged care home at Tura Beach.  The 15-person...

Read more

Construction Begins on Permanent Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre

Construction has begun on a new purpose built, state-of-the-art facility to permanently house the Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre, providing an expanded range of health and...

Read more

Today we honour Rawdon Hume “Ron” Middleton, VC.

SEVENTY nine years ago today a bomber took off from an air base in Suffolk, England. It was one of more than 200 aircraft on...

Read more

Baby Boomers to change the face of aged care for ever

Baby Boomers are set to revolutionise aged care by banging down the doors of change, according to the annual research we (RSL LifeCare) have undertaken...

Read more

Download a brochure

We'll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time, we promise

Career Application Single

  • Accepted file types: docx, doc, pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Contact Veteran Services

Are you ready to explore a new operations role with extra benefits?

Take your career in a new direction RSL LifeCare.

Search for an operations role at an RSL LifeCare Residential Aged Care facility in the Southern NSW region. Take a look at all our current positions here.

1. 100% funding on participating certifications

Undertake a participating certification through the RSL LifeCare Earn and Learn Incentive Program1 and you could be eligible to have your learning fully funded.

2. Cash bonus of up to $1000 (less income tax).

Through the RSL LifeCare Sign-on Bonus, you could be eligible for two split payments of $500 (less income tax), when you start a new role with us.

Contact Homes for Heroes today