Being able to make a difference in the lives of older people is both very humbling and a great honour. My greatest joy is seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter that my wonderful team brings to our residents every day – it just makes my day. And I love hearing stories from our residents, and being given the opportunity to go back in time with them.
In my spare time, I love to paint – like most ‘artists’, I don’t think I am very good at it, but I do okay, and it gives me great joy. I also love to read, and lose myself in someone else’s story. I’m also a bit of a sporty, and I love my hockey, and I can’t wait for Autumn to roll around each year.
I am passionate about aged care, particularly palliative care, wound management and dementia care. Seldom is my day not full, but a good day is when I get all of my jobs done, and get to share the most important part of being a nurse … the caring! Taking time to hold a resident’s hand, be their confidante, laugh, sing or pray with them… that’s a really good day. A small act of kindness, even just a smile, gets those feel-good hormones flowing, and when the whole team feels that way… priceless.
I love to travel, and have visited many different countries over the years. I also like bushwalking, hiking, and gardening, and am an avid reader, especially crime novels and murder-mysteries.
For me, there’s something special about being able to help another person to enjoy a great quality of life, and believe that it is possible, even when they feel they can’t. I love being able to make the residents’ days as enjoyable as possible, and the smiles of their faces are my reward.
I love travelling, both around Australia and the world. I love meeting new people, discovering hidden treasures, and hearing interesting stories. The most important people in my life are my family, my friends, our residents and my co-workers. We have a lot of fun together, and I love showing off my culinary skills, and sharing renovation and gardening tips. It’s great to be able to share your passions.
I really enjoy working in aged care, and just love the residents. I get a great sense of satisfaction out of being able to make a difference in another person’s life; it feels really good knowing that I can do something to improve a resident’s day. I feel my day is complete when I fall into bed knowing that not only have I attended to all the chores for the day, but that I was able to make a real difference.
I am very much a family-oriented person, with a keen interest in swimming, walking, and being in the great outdoors. I also love needlework, and am a collector of porcelain dolls, and currently boast a dolls collection of over two hundred.
I believe that everyone deserves to live the best life they possibly can, and I love being involved in our residents’ and clients’ physical, emotional, spiritual and social lives, and helping them to find ways to create wellbeing and joy in their lives.
My number one favourite thing to do at home is to read. I read to learn, as I believe that learning should be a life-long pursuit, I read for entertainment, sometimes to laugh, sometimes to cry, sometimes to frighten myself half to death. I find reading very therapeutic, and it allows me time to just sit around and relax. Seeing someone smile and beautiful sunsets are my two other loves.
One of the most wonderful parts of my work in aged care is the time that I get to spend sitting and talking with the residents, and hearing them recount their lives - stories about the people they have known, the things they have done, and the places they have been.
Socialising with my family and friends would have to be one of my favourite things to do. I love getting together with everyone, and catching up with what they’ve been up to. Knowing that my family and friends are happy and well makes my day. I also love to travel, and hope to do much more in the future.
Prior to moving into the private sector four years ago, I was employed with Queensland Health in various roles at Dalby, Jandowae and Toowoomba. This included many years in emergency and the initiation and commencement of the Hospital in the Home program at Toowoomba Health Service.
My most recent experience has been managing the nurses in five General Practices. Moving to Aged Care is indeed a change however my time at CWA House already has been very rewarding.
I look forward to meeting you all.
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At McLean Care®, the most important thing is that you are at the centre of your own care, and that you make the choices about your day-to-day living and experiences. We’re so sure you will enjoy your life with us, and all the freedoms that come with that, because we are always looking for ways to make your day - from the many social outings available, and leisure, lifestyle and wellness activities, to fun activities in the home and garden, community visitors and entertainers.
If you love being busy and involved, we’ve got so many things for you to experience. If you appreciate a bit of peace and quiet from time-to-time, then we’ve got some beautiful, tranquil spaces for you to enjoy.
Partaking in and sharing a meal is one of the most fundamental and significant influences on our everyday enjoyment of life. In the busy environment of the McLean Care® kitchen, we ensure that our staff have ready access to best practice nutrition information for all the special diet needs of our residents.
The McLean Care® hospitality team focuses on the key areas of menu planning for a balanced diet and optimal nutrition that is enjoyable, catering to individual needs, understanding swallowing difficulties and modified food textures, the dining environment and social engagement, and resident independence, oral health, and food and nutrition for those living with dementia.
Our mission is to make a meaningful and profound difference in your life every day. At our homes, we offer a comprehensive range of flexible, supported and monitored programmes, therapies, services and activities.
We will work closely with you to create health, wellness and social opportunities that can be tailored to your unique gifts, interests, and healthy living goals. However you would like us to support you, we will be guided by your aspirations and abilities to create and deliver a plan that is completely unique and individual to you, focused on your reablement and independence.
We’re here to help you every step of the way. From working out the right type of care you'll need, to guiding you through the aged care application process and working out what you can afford and what you can expect. Let’s get you started – give us a call – we’re great listeners!
Finding the right care and services is a step-by-step process. Choosing the right care can seem complicated and difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together some practical advice to guide you through the aged care process so that you can start receiving the help you need sooner.
No-one likes to think of themselves as getting ‘old’, but honestly, the sooner you start thinking about your time beyond retirement, the more choices you’ll realise you have, and the more prepared you’ll feel. It’s all about planning ahead, and making decisions about how you want to live your life so you can stay in control of your future. So, there's no time like the present