OPENING DAY SUCCESS
Introductions bring new inquiries....
80 members turned out to welcome new sponsors DutchCare at the Opening Day lunch of the season for the Lilydale Bowling Cub (LBC).
DutchCare’s sponsorship allows for a new sign (pictured) on the main bowling green and endless brand activations around the club. Their sponsorship rep, George Heinink and Lynne Cogan, President, were delighted in welcoming us on board and gave us opportunity to speak at the lunch to the members.
DutchCare was represented by Nitin Buskalowa (Mgr. Retirement Living), Anne Davey (Mgr. Community Services) and Jo De Jong (Mgr. Marketing and PR) who all spoke and took questions from the attendees. It was really great to receive quite a bit of interest and some direct inquiries on the day for both our Retirement Living options and also the types of Home Care Services that we offer.
We look forward to developing the relationship with the club and its members over time, sharing experiences and providing professional advice across all areas within Aged Care.
SHARING SMILES TO RECEIVE SMILES
305 volunteers make it happen | 115 support our Visiting Programs
For us at DutchCare, we acknowledge the dedicated and wonderful work that our volunteers provide and the important role they play within our organisation including: running our kiosks, the auxiliary groups, bus driving, and assisting in our Planned Activity Groups (PAG). Of our 305 volunteers, 115 assist specifically with our Visiting Programs.
We have been delivering Visiting Programs in and around Victoria for over 20 years visiting up to 180 people within Victoria at any one time. Our Visiting Programs assist those who live independently, in a nursing home or in one of our facilities, by bringing them into contact with volunteers who share their language and background. To give some of your time, and it may be a small piece of time, can mean so much to those who are now unable to socialise as they used to. The difference that you can make by simply stopping by to say hello can really brighten up their day.
Not many would be aware that we deliver our programs across the State, from Warrnambool through to Bairnsdale, Bendigo to Shepparton and we are finding that the demand for our Visiting Programs as a whole is increasing, mostly due to people hearing about our program from others, by referral. We have found that there is a growing need from elderly within the community who feel isolated in their circumstances and the Visiting Program provides a level of companionship for them.
It is interesting to note to that many of the elderly whom we visit come from diverse cultural backgrounds. Currently they include Italian, Greek, French, German, Polish, Latvian, Spanish, Thai, Bosnian, Serbian, Portuguese, and Hungarian, Croatian and Arabic speakers. So that said, we are also delighted to welcome any volunteers who have a second language.
How can you help?
Our program is always on the lookout for more people to assist us so please if you feel this is something you would like to get involved with or know of someone who may be interested then get them to call Yvonne Philips on 03 9728 7401, for a friendly chat.
HOW OLD DID YOU SAY?
20 year birthday celebrations.....
Everyone loves a party so here's a little save the date for DutchCare's birthday celebrations in September. You will receive a diary invitation soon and more information, so watch out for it. A milestone worth celebrating...so here are those dates below:
Carrum Downs: Thursday 29th September
Kilsyth: Friday 30th September
A GRAND OLD LADY RETURNS HOME
And mystery surrounds her….
On Monday just after lunch we received a call from the RSPCA in Pearcedale regarding a cat that had been surrendered by the family of an old lady who had passed away. Apparently there were quite a few cats at this lady’s house. They tried scanning all of the cats but only one had a microchip. This microchip was registered to PMACF (Princess Margriet Aged Care Facility – the previous name of Margriet Manor). We were called and informed that the cat was 15 years old.
So, the mystery began.......there was a ragdoll cat ‘stolen’ from the facility about 12 years ago by the name of Olivia, (full sister, same litter, as Gypsie who is still with us). So, there was much excitment around thinking that Olivia was found! But, when we thought about it, the age didn’t really add up as Gypsie was born in 1994. After speaking with Lee and Vicki, it was decided that we would take this cat on and let her spend her last years back "at home', regardless, knowing that she wasn't the original Olivia (being a ragdoll), because she is indeed a tabby cat!
Michelle Dounan, who works in Carrum Downs, was kind enough to go down to Pearcedale RSPCA and pick up and look after Olivia for the night before handing her over to Rob van Duuren, who in turn dropped Olivia off to us here at Margriet Manor.
After a lot of searching, we are no further in finding out how our new addition came to be registered to PMACF but she is home now, living in Waterlelie Hofje. For the first couple of days ‘Olivia’ will stay in one of the empty rooms to familiarize herself with the smells. We will then introduce her to the hallways and living areas. Olivia is very alert and playful and really doesn’t look like a 15 year old cat.
She is a little underweight but we don’t think that will be for long.
So far Olivia is settling in ok. She is still a little wary of what is going on but when you pat her she gets really into it and purrs like a kitten.
We would like to thank Miranda Buitenhuis for alerting us to this heartfelt story.