LOUD SHIRT DAY RAISES ROOF AT BRAEMAR

From garish oversized Hawaiian shirts to gaudy patterned numbers, residents and staff at Braemar Presbyterian Care will be donning their most flamboyant outfits as part of Loud Shirt Day on Thursday 17 October.

Loud Shirt Day is a fundraising campaign which supports early intervention programs run by speech and hearing centres across Australia, to help children who are deaf or who have hearing impairments.

Residents and staff alike at both Braemar House and Braemar Village are gearing up to dig out some shocker shirts for the occasion, whilst putting the fun into fundraising to support the good cause.

The seniors are also set to enjoy a cuppa over an afternoon tea fashion show, while judging their favourite ‘loud’ outfits of the day, in what could be called the antithesis to ‘fashions on the field’.

Lyn Cattell, Chief Operating Officer at Braemar said Loud Shirt Day was a chance for residents and staff to come together to get vocal about their support for Australian children with deafness or hearing impairments.

“From pinstripes and polka dots to chevron and checkers, our residents are getting ready to raise the roof with our decibel-smashing loud shirts,” she said.

“Our residents love the chance to dress up, or dress down in this instance, and have a laugh while contributing in a meaningful way to good causes within the wider community.

“At Braemar, we also feel it’s important for seniors to continue to feel that they can have a meaningful impact on the lives of those around them, and Loud Shirt Day is a fantastic way for our residents to do just that.”


Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month

Each month we award a Braemar employee of the month who has demonstrated the Braemar Values of Care and Friendship.

Nominate a staff member today by completing the nomination form below.

Each Employee of the Month will receive a $50.00 Gift Card as our thanks to you for your contribution to Braemar. Terms and Conditions Apply.

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Terms and Conditions
Braemar Presbyterian Care – Employee of the Month Scheme

Entry:

  1. All Braemar Presbyterian Care (“Braemar”) employees (full time, part time, temporary or casual) who have worked with Braemar for at least one calendar month are eligible to be nominated for Braemar’s employee of the month scheme (“Scheme”).
  2. Nominations can be made by Braemar staff, residents, families of residents and contractors.
  3. The Scheme will operate on a monthly basis and the successful candidates will be announced in the staff newsletter (“Newsletter”).
  4. To enter into the Scheme, please complete an Employee of the Month nomination form (“Entry Form”) found on the Braemar Intranet and submit the completed Entry Form electronically by the 15th day of each month.
  5. All mandatory fields on the Entry Form must be completed.
  6. If you submit an incomplete Entry Form, your Entry Form may be rejected, and you may be disqualified from the Scheme at the discretion of Braemar.
  7. If you submit an Entry Form which is received by Braemar Presbyterian Care (as determined by Braemar Presbyterian Care) after the due date it will be included in the following month for consideration by Braemar Presbyterian Care.
  8. Braemar accepts no responsibility for any technical or other factors which may prevent you from submitting an Entry Form or which may result in the Entry Form being lost.

Prize:

  1. Braemar will select an employee of the month from each facility on the 15th of each month (“Winner”).
  2. The Winner will be selected by the Chief Financial Officer (or their delegate) based on which entry is determined to best satisfy the entry criteria of demonstrating the Braemar values of Care and Friendship as defined on the Entry Form.
  3. Each employee is eligible to be selected as a Winner once per calendar year.
  4. The Winner will be presented with an Employee of the Month certificate as well as a $50.00 Gift Card (“Prize”).
  5. The Winner is responsible for redeeming his/her own Prize. Any uncollected Prize will remain the property of Braemar and may be dealt with by Braemar at Braemar’s absolute discretion.
  6. Braemar is not responsible or liable for any loss or disappointment suffered as a result of the unclaimed Prize.
  7. The Prize must be taken as supplied and is not negotiable, redeemable for cash or transferable.

Miscellaneous:

  1. In submitting an Entry Form in this Scheme, you acknowledge the following:
  • if you are selected as the Winner, Braemar is not in any way involved in the operation, management or maintenance of the goods and services provided by Prize;
  • Both nominee and nominator agree to participate and co-operate as required by Braemar in all editorial activities relating to the Scheme, including but not limited to having the reason for nomination, name of nominee and a photograph for inclusion in the Newsletter.

BRAEMAR ANNUAL REPORTS AND AUDITED ANNUAL ACCOUNTS

BRAEMAR ANNUAL REPORTS AND AUDITED ANNUAL ACCOUNTS

To the Annual General Meeting, September 2019.

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BRAEMAR BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HOMES

Braemar Challenger Development

Braemar Presbyterian Care turned the first sod at a celebratory event on Thursday 12 September, to mark construction work commencing on a block of new independent living units at Challenger Place in Melville.

The boutique development will provide homes for residents at the nearby Braemar Gardens complex, which will then be decommissioned for future redevelopment.

About the development:

Braemar Challenger will offer two bedroom, two bathroom plus study homes, which are being built by The ABN Group. They will feature aging-in-place features as well as high ceilings, stone bench tops, stainless steel fixtures, premium floor coverings and fully landscaped garden areas.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Project and Asset Manager Amy Andrews said the new units will provide quality, modern homes for those residents currently living at Braemar Gardens, and will clear the way for the new aged care development planned for the now decommissioned site.

“Braemar has been caring for elderly West Australians for over 65 years and we’re committed to providing quality aged care accommodation in our community which is why we have spent several years planning this new development,” she said.

“We’re also very excited to be collaborating with The ABN Group on this project, which has extensive experience in NDIS and retirement living developments. These new units demonstrate our commitment to the people in our care, and also to our community in terms of future demand for high quality aged care accommodation.”

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 Challenger

BRAEMAR WELCOMES NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Lyn Cattell Chief Operating OfficerBraemar Presbyterian Care is delighted to announce the promotion of Lyn Cattell to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.

A registered General & Mental Health Nurse by profession, Ms Cattell has held a number of senior management roles in aged care across Western Australia, including Facility Manager at both Braemar Village and Braemar House.

Ms Cattell also graduated in the top 15 per cent of students when she undertook her Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing at Curtin University.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive of Braemar, says he is delighted that Ms Cattell has accepted the new challenge, after being supported in her professional development and growth whilst working at Braemar.

“As Braemar adapts to the changing aged care landscape, I know that Lyn’s skill set in both clinical care and management will be a great asset at Braemar, and we are delighted that she has accepted the position of COO.”

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 VIRTUAL TOURS A FINALIST IN PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Virtual Tours have been selected as a finalist in the 2019 national Australian Marketing Institute Awards.

The Perth not-for-profit organisation was selected as a result of its ‘virtual tour’ initiative, which enables visitors to ‘virtually walk through’ each of its homes to explore the accommodation options and amenities.

This follows Braemar’s win of the AMI’s “Marketing on a Small Budget” category in 2018 which recognised its efforts to build awareness of Braemar Village’s dementia services in Willagee, WA.

Chief Financial Officer of Braemar Presbyterian Care, Kristy Ryan, says becoming a finalist in the AMI awards for the second year running was a real achievement for the Braemar team.

“Our entire team is thrilled to have been notified that we are a finalist in these awards. We feel it is important to offer the community a digital method to explore our aged care facilities, as when residential aged care is needed it is often a stressful time for both residents and families,” Ms Ryan said.

Virtual tours at Braemar’s Cooinda facility in Melville, Braemar Village in Willagee and Braemar House in East Fremantle can now be undertaken on line, with internet users able to gain a complete 360 degree view of each home.

Marketing & Brand Consultant Chris Frame (FAMI CPM) added: “Insights suggested that many future residents and their families wanted to see aged care facilities online, before making the decision to request a physical tour in person.

“The virtual tours offer people the ability to view Braemar’s aged care facilities from the comfort of their own home, and take a virtual walk-through of the facility to get a sense as to what is on offer here at Braemar.”

The organisation will find out if it has won the marketing excellence award at the AMI Gala, which will be held at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park on 16 October.

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.


BRAEMAR GAINS RECOGNITION FOR INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE

Braemar Presbyterian Care has been recognised for its commitment to the aged and community care sector after being awarded a high commendation in the Innovation in Service and Design category at this year's Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Aged Care Awards.

The prestigious accolade was granted for the not-for-profit organisation’s ‘virtual tours’ initiative, which enables visitors to ‘walk through’ each of Braemar’s three homes to assess the available accommodation and amenities.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher (OAM), says the annual ACSA awards provided an important opportunity to recognise excellence in the not-for-profit aged and community care sector.

“Braemar strives for excellence in every area in which we operate and our whole team is delighted to have been awarded this high commendation,” Mr Belcher says.

“West Australians are increasingly utilising digital channels to research aged care options, and our team has worked hard to provide the virtual tours at Braemar’s Cooinda facility in Melville, Braemar Village in Willagee and Braemar House in East Fremantle, which can all now be visited on line, with internet users able to gain a complete 360 degree view of each home.

“We felt it was important to offer the community a digital method to explore our aged care homes and provide a sense of what the buildings, rooms and facilities look like.

“When residential aged care is needed it is often a stressful time for both residents and families. These virtual tours offer people the ability to view our facilities from their computer or device and take a virtual walk-through of the buildings at any time.”

Winners of the award were announced during the 2019 WA Aged Care Awards presentation on Friday 12 July at Fraser's Restaurant in West Perth.

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.


ENCHANTING FEATURES BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

Anybody entering the dementia-specific area at Braemar Village in Willagee could be forgiven for thinking they were walking into a rainforest.

Depicted from floor to ceiling on the double doors are huge images of established trees and plants, dappled in sunlight.

“We wanted to create a calming visual experience,” says Dementia Consultant Michelle Harris-Allsop, who adds that the aim of the images was to provide residents living with dementia a stimulating and peaceful environment within their ‘home’ setting.

“For people living with a cognitive or physical disability, sensory experiences play an essential role in daily living and this applies especially to how we interpret space,” adds Ms Harris-Allsop.

“As people’s cognitive ability declines in dementia and memory fades, what remains are sensations to the environment, and the new door we have selected will work well in supporting a bright and friendly living space.”

The doors have been specifically designed to stimulate the senses of residents with dementia, something that staff at the facility wanted to do following research which demonstrated how multi-sensory environments have been shown to be beneficial for elderly people with sensory impairment and cognitive limitations.

“People with dementia can benefit from a variety of sensory stimuli and often a relaxing environment can relieve frustration, anxiety and stress,” adds Ms Harris-Allsop.    “The light lemon and pale green colours very much support sensory relaxation for residents.”

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.


RESPITE SERVICE OFFERS CARE FOR CARERS

Braemar Presbyterian Care’s short-stay respite care services are designed to help carers in their support of relatives or loved ones, who need to take some time away in the short term.

These services offer people providing every-day care to a loved one, an opportunity to rejuvenate, while offering peace of mind that quality care support is available to their loved one.

Braemar’s short-stay service allows a person providing care to attend unplanned or last minute events, support them if they are unwell or even allow for a last minute short holiday.

Braemar’s CEO Wayne Belcher said that respite services offer support to everyday people doing very important work in the community.

“Much of the care that is provided to the elderly in WA is provided by family members. When an ageing loved one is living at home, full time carers can be a daughter, son, wife or husband,” Mr. Belcher said.

“Our respite service is designed to help that loved one take a little bit of time to recharge, rejuvenate and relax safe in the knowledge that the person they are caring for is being well looked after in a caring, friendly environment.”

With short-stay respite services currently available at Braemar Cooinda – a 108 bed ‘hotel like’ facility in the City of Melville – Braemar’s approach is tailored to those seeking unplanned (or last minute) respite needs. It sees the individual care requirements of the respite resident taken into account, offering the elderly person an opportunity to participate in the lifestyle and enrichment activities at Braemar.

Independent dementia consultant Michelle Harris-Allsop of Care Partnerships Australia has reviewed Braemar Cooinda’s offering, and said that caring for an elderly relative, particularly if they have a diagnosis of dementia, requires a person-centred approach, something that Braemar is skilled at providing.

“In my experience, working with people living with a diagnosis of Dementia, the negative impact is often on their social needs, physical health, emotional needs, wellbeing, and relationships,” Ms, Harris-Allsop said.

“The strain for family carers cannot be underestimated. Carers are exceptionally valuable, and a solution such as Braemar’s short-stay service can offer some valuable time for that carer.”

To learn more about short-stay respite care or the costs involved Braemar provides a dedicated admissions specialist.