BRAEMAR STAFF CHOP AND DICE WITH SENIORS

Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and culinary delights are certainly something that seniors at Braemar Presbyterian Care are experiencing, thanks to the launch of the regular cooking club at Braemar House.

A popular part of the activities calendar at the not-for-profit aged care home, and one which is particularly targeted at residents with dementia, the club sees seniors even prepare and bake everything and anything from Anzac biscuits, bread cookies pizza and even rum balls!

Bernadette Samura, Facility Manager at Braemar House, says the residents have relished spending time with the therapy team, participating in cooking activities rolling their sleeves up to make and bake an assortment of treats that both stimulate the senses as well a conversation.

“In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s often the place for families to gather, plus we think it’s very important for our residents to take part in activities that they love and have done throughout their lives, it’s certainly a great way for them to reminisce,” she says.

“It’s also wonderful to see their senses of smell and taste simulated, and of course our cooking club is a great social activity to enjoy with other residents. Plus the icing on the cake is that they are able to enjoy eating the end result.

“Our staff have also really embraced the initiative and we’ve found it to be a really wonderful way of building our friendly little community here at Braemar.”

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar's Care philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


WAYNE BELCHER'S 2018 CHRISTMAS GREETING

Wayne’s 2018 Christmas Message

Many years ago, I spent one Christmas time away from family and stayed with friends in the Great Southern area of Western Australia. Their father had died when they were both quite young.

As boys, these brothers became the men in the family and over time built up their farming property to be a successful enterprise.  They were both good, honest, hardworking men, who also were faithful in their Christian belief.

I could certainly talk with them about harvest time, how the wheat, barley,and oats grew, why back then one had to wait until a little later in the morning to start up the header and get out and cut into the crop.  But talking about personal things was difficult for them – they were just quiet guys who had some really good things to say, but just didn’t much like speaking it out.

There is this man talked about in the Bible who really had a huge impact about all we believe and practice at Christmas time, but of whom, from Scripture, we never hear a spoken word.  We hear from Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel.  Tradition has called Mary’s Song the Magnificat.  We hear from Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and (eventually) from Zechariah, John’s father.

But we don’t ever read a recorded word that was spoken by Joseph.  Oh,we read of his at least three dream encounters with an angel, or God Himself –first with a message to take Mary as his wife and raise Jesus as his father;the second to flee from Israel and travel to Egypt – an historic refugee journey – and third; to return to Israel because it was now safe to doso.  Given the cultural and societal significance of all of the above,Joseph was a very courageous man.  The strong silent type if you will.  A lowly carpenter, from one of the lowliest places in the whole of Israel, at that time overrun by the Roman Empire, and “ruled” by a king who was a Roman puppet.  Joseph did not have to do this, but he felt so led by God that he could not avoid the challenge set before him.

Just a day or so ago I read this social media post: “Sometimes God will puta Goliath in your life, for you to find the David within you.”  I am sure that Joseph will have wondered something like “You want me to do what exactly?”,or “Why me?”, but he did.  We just don’t ever hear his thoughts and words expressed.

There are some significant challenges in the year ahead for our aged care work.  The looming Goliath is of course the Royal Commission into AgedCare Quality and Safety.  You may already feel quite uneasy about what that is likely to reveal and how we will get through this.  We will – no matter how much we are required to provide, and even to share with the Australian public – we will get through this.

My concern for each of you though is that even if your voice does not godown in any formal recorded historical moment, if you have any concerns about your wellbeing through this next twelve months, speak up.  We want to also care for you.  If you need at any time to share any concern about our behaviour that is both unbecoming, and contrary to our desire to provide a dignified life to our residents, then please share that with us too, so that we all be a “David” and improve how we provide our services.

Folks, I pray and hope that your 2018 Christmas brings you much joy, peace,and blessing, and that you have at least some time to reflect of the enormity of the coming of Jesus into the world – not to destroy the world, but to saveit!God bless you all – and Happy Christmas!

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SKILLED PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL JOINS BRAEMAR

Caley Burke is the new Maintenance Operations Supervisor at Braemar Presbyterian Care.

Ms Burke has over 10 years’ experience working in various roles in the construction industry, in addition to experience in aged care and the not-for-profit and disability sectors more broadly.

Most recently, she held the position of Maintenance Scheduler at Baptistcare.

“I am excited to be joining the Braemar team, as the organisation embarks on its next phase; including the regeneration of the Bicton property,” Ms. Burke commented.

“It is refreshing to join an organisation with a strong heritage in the local community, and a clear direction of how to delivery high quality care and friendship to the people of Perth’s southern suburbs.”

Wayne Belcher, OAM, Chief Executive of Braemar, says Ms Burke comes to the organisation with a wealth of experience in maintaining and improving a diverse property portfolio.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


BRAEMAR CELEBRATES AGED CARE WORKFORCE WITH ANNUAL AWARDS

Over a dozen team members from the Braemar Presbyterian Care workforce have been acknowledged in the organisation’s annual Care and Friendship awards this week.

The awards, which are based on nominations from residents and families throughout Braemar’s facilities in Perth’s southern suburbs, acknowledge the dedication shown by the individual staff members in the WA aged care sector.

The award winners were chosen from nominations gathered over the last twelve months and included:

  • Henrietta Mangilaya who was awarded the Commitment Award, which acknowledges an employee who has consistently acted with pride and passion in their work.
  • Rose Earl from support services who was awarded the Accountability Award, which acknowledges an employee who demonstrates accountability and ownership of their actions in their work.
  • Angelia Allison who was awarded the Respect Award which recognises an employee who has consistently demonstrated that they listen to, acknowledge and include their residents and colleagues in decision making at Braemar.
  • Jineesh Thomas who was awarded the Empathy Award that recognises an employee who demonstrates an understanding and willingness to share the feelings and wishes of their residents and colleagues.
  • Mary Botica who was awarded the Friendship Award that recognises an employee who consistently demonstrates that while they may not agree, they value and acknowledge the ideas, wishes and beliefs of their colleagues and residents.
  • Angela Macioszek who won a high commendation in the Friendship Award category.

Three CEO Awards were also bestowed upon staff members Lyn Cattell, Jay Granderos and Julia Talpa, in addition to an Employee of the Year award which was awarded to Michelle Bermudo, alongside a high commendation award, which went to Nicola Proud.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive of Braemar, said the annual Care and Friendship awards were an important opportunity to recognise employees who had demonstrated excellence in their work in a challenging yet rewarding industry.

“Staff at Braemar strive for excellence in every area and it gives us great pleasure to acknowledge a number of team members in particular who consistently go above and beyond what is expected,” Mr Belcher says.

“Aged care is a challenging and dynamic industry to work in, however it is also very rewarding and makes a real difference to the lives of those in our care. We’re very proud to acknowledge the achievements of all of these staff members, and publicly thank them for their incredible dedication throughout 2018.”

Sponsored by HESTA, the awards honour Braemar staff who display the values of Care and Friendship that are characterised as Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Empathy and Friendship.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


BRAEMAR PUSHES OUT THE BOAT TO THANK VOLUNTEERS

Braemar Presbyterian Care’s longest serving volunteers were recognised for their dedication and commitment during a volunteer function aboard the 1606 Replica Ship the Duyfken during International Volunteer Day on Wednesday 5 December.

Braemar’s volunteers – who range in age from millennials to seniors in their 80s – were treated to a sundowner on the ship, before being presented with a limited edition 2018 Braemar Coin from the Perth Mint to acknowledge their significant contribution to the not-for-profit aged care organisation over their many years of volunteering.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher, OAM, says that, in many ways Braemar’s volunteers were the gems of the community, and that Braemar was very fortunate to have so many passionate individuals willing to go the extra mile for residents.

“Volunteers bring companionship, friendship, joy and social connections to people in residential aged care and are a significant and important part of the lives of those in our care,” he said.

“The coins we are presenting at this event were minted by the Perth Mint as our way to acknowledge the support and contribution of every one of our volunteers, and each and every one of them adds a contribution to Braemar’s ability to deliver Care and Friendship to the elderly in WA.”

Braemar’s volunteers range from young people to retired locals in their 80s and beyond, all of whom contribute to the organisation by, for example, providing companionship, accompanying seniors on outings, presenting musical recitals and even hosting sporting activities.

Braemar’s volunteer program is particularly significant, in the light of a recent ABC News report that across Australia, a significant 40% of residents never receive visitors.

Braemar Presbyterian Care is currently calling for locals in the Fremantle and City of Melville area who may have a few hours to spare each week, and who would like to explore volunteering opportunities, to get in touch by contacting 08 6279 3636.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


EXPERIENCED AGED CARE LEADER TAKES THE HELM AT COOINDA

Graham Cowcher has been appointed Facility Manager at Braemar Cooinda, a modern 108 room aged care facility in the City of Melville.

Born and raised in Adelaide, Mr. Cowcher has worked in three states across Australia. His vocational experiences in health include acute, rehabilitation and aged care as well as experiences in local government, manufacturing and the insurance industry.

Mr. Cowcher had previously served as a member of the Braemar Committee.

“I look forward to making a positive contribution to Braemar Cooinda to ensure prudent oversight, creating outcomes which enable for the provision of high quality resident care,” Mr. Cowcher said.


VOLUNTEERS SPREAD CHRISTMAS JOY

Christmas arrived a little early for elderly residents living at Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda home in Willagee last week, as volunteers at the not-for-profit facility took time to spread some festive cheer.

One group of well-wishers included long-term volunteers Deirdre Nicholson, Sharon Ockwell and Alida McCormick who coordinated and donated Christmas gifts for the residents, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s.

“We are a Christian group and we really enjoy making Christmas gifts for the residents at Braemar, to see their faces light up as they are handed out is just wonderful,” says Deirdre Nicholson, who along with her fellow volunteers coordinates around 10 additional locals to knit and sew the Christmas gifts throughout the year.

“This year, we made over 200 small bags for residents to carry things like their books and glasses in, and the pleasure on their faces was a joy to see when they received them.”

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher, OAM, says Braemar’s residents benefit from the kindness of volunteers, especially at Christmas time.

“Some of our residents may not have the opportunity to spend the festive season with family or friends, so we’re really grateful to our wonderful community of volunteers who take the time to bring them some early Christmas cheer,” says Mr Belcher.

“We are fortunate to have many active volunteers who contribute to the lives of our residents throughout the year, whether that is via organising activities, knitting and sewing gifts or simply spending time with residents to reduce loneliness.

“Contributors such as Deirdre, Sharon, Alida and their group epitomize the joy that volunteers can bring to residents at aged care facilities, and for their valued contribution I thank them.”

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


BRAEMAR CEO PUTS ON CHEFS HAT AS BIG BETHANIE BAKE OFF FINALIST

Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher OAM, has become a finalist in the 2018 Big Bethanie Bake Off, after impressing judges with his crêpe making prowess.

Mr Belcher explains his flair for making crêpes originated several years ago, when he was a pastor at Lake Joondalup Baptist Church, which provided meals and respite for the local police and other supporting emergency services when major music events were held locally.

“Our church supported these hard working people who were responsible for providing safety and wellbeing services at these events,” he explains.

“As well as providing a much needed sausage sizzle, I also helped to make around 500 crêpes for the staff. This has become something I now do reasonably often for my own family.

“This year, we also decided to make the home-made crêpes for both staff and residents at Braemar, as an incentive for them to have their influenza vaccine, in order to protect residents and everyone in the Braemar community against flu, and it was a great success.”

Mr Belcher, who was CEO of Bethanie for almost two decades, says it is exciting, and also lots of fun, to make it through as a finalist to the 2018 Big Bethanie Bake Off and is looking forward to going head to head with Bethanie finalists.

“I have loved making crêpes for my family, as well as the Braemar team. Being acknowledged as a finalist in the 2018 Big Bethanie Bake Off really is the icing on the cake… or should I say the maple syrup on the crêpe!”

Mr Belcher will be joined on stage by Braemar resident Pauline Farrell and facility manager Lyn Cattell.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


VOLUNTEER WITH A HEART OF GOLD

VOLUNTEER WITH A HEART OF GOLD

Kirsten Alpers is the first to admit that volunteering is one of the best ways to find a job you love.

The Willagee resident spent 18 months volunteering each week at Braemar Cooinda in Willagee, where she assisted with social activities in addition to running the library trolley from where residents borrowed books each week.

And it wasn’t long until she realised she had become passionate about being involved in the aged care sector, embarking on a training course and, most recently, gaining a position as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at the not-for-profit aged care home she has grown to love.

“I loved volunteering with Braemar, particularly because I live in the area and love the sense of community my voluntary work gave me,” says Ms Alpers, who was born in Australia but has lived in the UK, USA, Sweden and Papua New Guinea.

“And now beginning work with Braemar is just the icing on the cake because it means I can help others even more.”

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher (OAM), says Kirsten’s dedication to residents and families is exceptional and she makes a real difference to the lives of Braemar’s residents.

“Friendship and strong relationships are so important to people’s lives and we know that having passionate volunteers and staff in aged care facilities makes a significant contribution to the quality of life of those in our care,” says Mr Belcher.

“Team members like Kirsten are so very important, as they can offer support and friendship to our elderly residents over long periods of time and really build meaningful connections; we are fortunate to have Kirsten as part of our team.”

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BRAEMAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT AND FINANCIAL REPORTS

BRAEMAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT AND FINANCIAL REPORTS

To the Annual General Meeting, October 2018.

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