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Companionship and joy this Christmas

Nicholise Garner December 21, 2016
A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS… Shepparton Villages Waratah Lodge activities officer, Karen Lee, team leader, Jenny Wilkins, personal care worker, Megan Crowther, care manager, Tracy Campbell and activities officer, Jennie Brittain. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS… Shepparton Villages Waratah Lodge activities officer, Karen Lee, team leader, Jenny Wilkins, personal care worker, Megan Crowther, care manager, Tracy Campbell and activities officer, Jennie Brittain. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

A SEA of faces, looking toward each other in conversation, smiles, laughter and a room full of wisdom and eyes that have seen and experienced more than I can imagine. Friendships and understandings that have been forged over time and with experience. Shepparton Villages Waratah Lodge residents enjoyed their end of year Christmas celebration together with friends and family with raffle prizes drawn and Santa hats adorned.

Waratah Lodge care manager, Tracey Campbell said, “We have a small, 30 bed facility here and we get to know the residents really well. It’s a lovely group and I feel so privileged to come in here each day. This place is their home, these people invite me into their home every single day and I am so grateful for that.

“The way that care is given is changing direction now. Care is more resident focused, for example, breakfast is now available all day simply because this is their home and if they want to eat breakfast in their own time, so be it. Routines are less rigid catering more to individuals.”

Residents of Waratah Lodge enjoy shopping trips enabling them to do their own Christmas shopping and there are many day outings offered to residents on a regular basis along with incursions and special visitors at the facilities.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to the community at Shepparton Villages. To learn more about the services at Shepparton Villages call 5832 0800.