Ageing my Way
Living well as we get older means having choices about where and how we live. We want to be happy, to be safe, to be in a place we love and to love the place we’re in.
Celebrating the season
The general public is invited to join residents of Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village on Saturday 16 April from 11am-2pm in celebrating the autumn season. Autumn is a popular time to go walking, camping and enjoying being outside. Open day guests can enjoy free information sessions on retirement village living, a free lunch, giveaways and live entertainment while strolling through the new community centre and display homes, which will be open for inspection on the day. “Autumn is a beautiful season and has such stable weather, it’s perfect for getting outside and enjoying ourselves before the cold of winter arrives,” says Sue Duncan, Village Manager at Barwarre Gardens.
Renowned local artist, Amanda Blake-Sutterby, will be showcasing her deep appreciation of nature in an exhibition titled ‘Gifts of Nature’ at Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village from 13-19 April. “We are excited to have Amanda exhibit here at the village. Her work with the Australian landscape and nature is really lovely,” says Sue.
The exhibition ‘Gifts of Nature’ will be launched on Wednesday 13 April at 2pm in the Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village Community Centre and will form part of the open day celebrations. The general public is welcome to attend. The retirement village, developed and built by local community services organisation Karingal, is conveniently located close to Geelong and many local services. Eleven homes have been sold in stage four, which was recently released with stage three nearly sold out.
There are five floor plans to choose from. In addition to spacious living areas, the homes feature double vanity basins in the ensuite, a second bathroom or powder room, double or single garage, large utility room and ample storage cupboards. There are also many optional extras available to purchasers to enable the home to be personalised to individual taste and needs. Secure your brand new home while the temperatures are mild, as the heat of summer has past and the chill of winter has yet to come.
For further information on the Art Exhibition by Amanda Sutterby-Blake or Barwarre Gardens Retirement Village contact Sales Manager, Leeanne Morrison on 1300 472 424 or visit the website at www.barwarregardens.com.au.
Ageing with Options
Giving people a real choice to be able to stay in their own home as they age is what drives MACS Complete Care. Ageing doesn’t have to mean a future in an aged care facility; but for those who want to age well and safely at home, some additional care is often needed.
The MACS Complete Care service, operated under MACS – one of Geelong’s most respected and valued aged care providers – is an in-home support service that is available for people of any age and any cultural background. The idea of MACS Complete Care is to fit in with whatever the needs of their clients are – some need ongoing regular visits; for some it is a support service for families caring for elderly relatives or those with specific care needs to allow them some freedom to plan for holidays and events; for others it is having someone they trust that they can call on if and when they need it.
‘Care’ under MACS Complete Care, explains Lyn McCarter, MACS Complete Care Manager, isn’t about someone who is incapacitated and unable to get out of the house. It might be some medical care, it might be some help around the home with meals etc., and often it means having someone to go to the things people still want to be able to do, but need some help with.
“It could mean having someone stay overnight, or we might take people to hydrotherapy or swimming, out shopping or even to special events like weddings,” Lyn said. “It might be going to and from the doctors, or someone to be at home post-surgery. It might be ongoing or it might be a once off – whatever people need.
A new service established last year is also providing in-home palliative care; with specialised and fully qualified palliative care staff, providing peace of mind for families. “It’s important for people to know that they are going to receive good quality care, and that is always our focus.”