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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BRAEMAR TAKES OUT PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

Braemar Presbyterian Care has been awarded the Small Budget Marketing accolade in the 2018 Awards for Marketing Excellence, which were announced in Sydney on Wednesday 10 October as part of the Australian Marketing Institute Awards.

The Perth not-for-profit organisation received the award as a result of its revitalised marketing and public relations approach, which has seen heightened awareness of the life-changing aged care services offered at the not-for-profit provider’s Braemar Village facility over the past 12 months.

Braemar’s Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher OAM, says Braemar is proud to be acknowledged by the Australian Marketing Institute, as it highlights the importance of clear and engaging communication in facilitating easier access to Aged Care services.

“Receiving national recognition is very exciting for our entire team as it’s an acknowledgement of the vital and life-improving work being carried out at Braemar,” Mr Belcher comments.

“We are undertaking a number of new projects which reflect Braemar’s commitment to high quality care and friendship. This includes the opening of a new memory support service at Braemar Village in Willagee to support people living with Dementia. We remain committed to informing our community about Braemar’s unique care and friendship approach,” he says.

He adds, “The hard work, passion, and expertise of everyone at Braemar who has been involved with growing awareness of Braemar Village is very much deserving of recognition. It showcases the team approach to offering high quality aged care for Perth’s seniors.”

Throughout the year, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been focused on in-depth engagement with the local community, to inform the public of the range of life-improving services offered at by the not-for-profit care facility. These services include lifestyle support and enrichment, memory support and dementia care services across all Braemar’s facilities.

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.

 


THANK YOU FOR WORKING IN AGED CARE

Braemar Presbyterian Care is taking part in the first annual recognition day for individuals who work in aged care this week.

Wednesday 12 September is Thank You for Working in Aged Care Day, an initiative designed to celebrate those who work in aged care services, from frontline care staff through to hospitality, lifestyle and admin.

And team members at Braemar will not only have their work recognised, it will also be celebrated with the help of barista coffee, ice cream and a substantial celebratory cake at each of the organisation’s facilities in Melville, East Fremantle and Willagee.

Braemar’s Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher OAM, says the day is an important initiative in acknowledging the vital work undertaken by people who work in the aged care sector.

“Aged care is extremely important, skilled and demanding and Braemar wouldn’t be the high quality organisation it is without the amazing people who choose to work with us, and so we’re extremely pleased to be able to congratulate them on Thank You for Working in Aged Care Day.

“Whether our team members work as a carer, cleaner, kitchen hand, activities officer, nurse, team leader or in our laundry, they are all highly regarded and appreciated, and are incredibly important in contributing to the lives of our elderly.

“The day is also a great way of highlighting to the wider community that the people in aged care are often the unsung heroes in our community and deserve to be recognised for their tireless dedication to our seniors.”

With over 200 people in its care, Braemar operate three residential aged care facilities in the City of Melville and East Fremantle area, specialising in dementia care and palliative support.


INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR BRAEMAR

Braemar Presbyterian Care is proud to have been recognised as an Honourable Mention in the Ragan International Healthcare PR & Marketing Awards.

The organisation has been singled out for its work to connect seniors with vital Aged Care services in Perth’s southern suburb of Willagee.

Braemar’s Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher OAM, says Braemar is proud to be acknowledged by the Ragan awards, as it highlights the importance of clear and engaging communication in facilitating easy access to Aged Care services.

“Becoming a finalist in the Ragan International awards was very exciting for our entire team as it’s an acknowledgement of the vital and life-improving work being carried out at Braemar,” he said.

“We are undertaking a number of new projects which reflect Braemar’s commitment to high quality care and friendship. This includes the opening of a new memory support service at Braemar Village in Willagee to support people living with Dementia. We remain committed to informing our community about Braemar’s unique care and friendship approach,” he says.

 

With over 200 people in their care, Braemar operate three residential aged care facilities in the City of Melville and East Fremantle area, specialising in dementia care and palliative support.


BRAEMAR FEATURED ON CHANNEL 7'S HOME IN WA

Braemar’s care and friendship approach and memory support services have featured on Channel 7’s Home in WA this week.

Above story and footage courtesy of Channel 7 Perth and HOME in WA.


BRAEMAR A FINALIST IN PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

Braemar Presbyterian Care is proud to have been recognised as a national finalist in the Australian Marketing Institute Awards for Marketing Excellence.

The Perth not-for-profit organisation has been shortlisted as a finalist; as a result of its revitalised marketing and public relations approach. This approach has seen the life-changing aged care services Braemar offers benefit more people over the past 12 months.

Chief Executive Officer of Braemar Presbyterian Care, Wayne Belcher, says becoming a finalist in the awards is an acknowledgement of how the Braemar team have engaged with the local community to build awareness of its vital aged care services.

“Throughout the year, we have been focused on ensuring we engage with the local community, to inform the public of the range of life-improving services offered at Braemar. This includes, lifestyle support and enrichment, memory support and dementia care services across all of our facilities.”

“For 65 years, this organisation has been part of the Perth community. For us a drive to provide quality care and friendship to as many local seniors as we can is at the heart of everything we do,” he says.

The provider acknowledges that aged care can be a nerve-racking topic for many people. By ensuring the information that people need to make an informed decision is easily available, Braemar aims to reduce the stress associated with approaching an aged care provider for support.

Braemar’s head of Brand and Marketing, Chris Frame, said that ensuring information was easily available was an important step to reducing stress when seeking out an aged care provider.

“We looked at ways to improve accessibility of aged care information, which included building a new mobile responsive website complete with an aged care glossary, and engaging in social media,” he said.

“By partnering with noted Cartoonist Jason Chatfield (illustrator of the forever young Ginger Meggs) we were able to share the Braemar story in an engaging way that reflects the caring moments and experiences found at each Braemar facility.”

This care and friendship approach is followed through all elements of Braemar’s service, with its relationship centred care philosophy taking the needs and wants of residents, their family members, volunteers and Braemar staff into account to create better quality of life outcomes.

Braemar will find out on 10 October 2018 if it has been successful in taking out the national award, at a ceremony being hosted in Sydney.

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.


AMY ANDREWS JOINS BRAEMAR

Aged care capital works specialist Amy Andrews has joined the senior leadership team at Braemar Presbyterian Care in the newly established position of Project and Asset Manager.

Previously holding a project management role at Baptistcare WA, Ms Andrews successfully managed a range of projects.

These included the management of a significant capital works program, which saw the simultaneous restoration of all building services across nine locations.

Ms Andrews commenced her career at Holcim Australia, gaining experience in engineering and quality assurance during the construction of a concrete batching plant for Chevron on Barrow Island.  During 5 years at Holcim she completed many projects within the engineering departments across Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Ms Andrews later went on to be involved in the Perth Airport Terminal 1 Domestic Pier (Virgin Australia) and International Departures Expansion project before making the move to the aged care sector.

At Braemar, Ms Andrews will work with CEO Wayne Belcher to achieve the organisation’s expansion and diversification goals, including the regeneration of Braemar’s Bicton site.


BRAEMAR LAUNCHES NEW MEMORY SUPPORT SERVICE

A new dementia care service has been launched this week by Braemar at its Braemar Village residential facility in Willagee, with the facility joining Braemar House and Braemar Cooinda in providing a dedicated secure area for residents requiring memory support and dementia care.

The new service includes 26 rooms, with an array of features such as internal gardens, a dining area and communal lounges. It will aid in the availability of secure specialist care services for residents with dementia and other cognitive conditions in the City of Melville.

Chief Executive Officer of Braemar Presbyterian Care, Wayne Belcher, says these dementia-specific services will meet the rising care needs of the local region, and reflect Braemar’s commitment to the local community.

“Braemar is committed to the seniors of the City of Melville. The establishment of this new service will not only meet the rising care needs of the community, but will also enable those residents to enjoy the high quality care and friendship that Braemar Village is known for,” he says.

Braemar has engaged leading Perth Dementia Consultant Michelle Harris-Allsop of Care Partnerships Australia to ensure the memory support environment at Braemar Village is of the highest standard, taking resident’s needs and wants into account.

Ms Harris-Allsop says that every dementia experience is different, and common misconceptions of the condition can lead to negative stigma and a misunderstanding of the needs and wants of those with memory support needs.

“The guiding principle of the work at Braemar Village is to help the facility establish an environment that is enabling and supportive of the residents to maximise their quality of life,” comments Ms. Harris-Allsop.

“We have built up a substantial amount of knowledge about the significance of the environmental design and the psychosocial, spiritual and emotional aspects that are best suited to people who live with a cognitive disability such as dementia, which is being taken into account 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.


HIGH COMMENDATION FOR FAMILY TREE PROJECT

Braemar House in East Fremantle has received a high commendation for its dementia inclusiveness and friendship program.

Awarded at the ACSA Aged Care awards on Friday 13 July, the accolade acknowledges the work undertaken at the facility’s specialist care service - called Lee House - designed for residents with high level dementia care needs.

The highly commended program, called the Lee House Family Tree, sees residents create a ‘facility family tree’, displaying photos and a brief story about who they are, to share with fellow residents from Braemar House.

Residents from Braemar House are then invited to choose a pen pal from the family tree. Residents then write to their new pen-friends, and establish informal meet and greet sessions, such as morning tea, where they will be able to mingle and interact with their new friends.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive Officer of Braemar, said the aim was to encourage inclusion and friendship, and was the result of resident feedback.

“We want to help create bonds and relationships between those in the more secure part of the facility and those who are not affected by dementia; resulting in a better environment for everyone and reducing the stigma associated with dementia,” Mr Belcher said.

“Our focus at Braemar is to provide relationship centred care. This philosophy ensures that resident’s needs and wants are at the forefront of each activity undertaken across our facilities. When residents said they wanted to better understand and interact with their neighbours at Braemar House, our team worked closely with the residents to establish an engaging program to facilitate this request.”

Braemar House is a 58 room Aged Care facility in East Fremantle. With a 24 room specialist care service, Braemar House has a long history of providing quality care and friendship to the people of East Fremantle.

HAWAIIAN THEME OFFERS WINTER WARMTH

The tropical warmth of Hawaii came to a cold and wintery Perth last month, as residents of Braemar Cooinda Aged Care facility in Melville enjoyed a Hawaiian themed day.

Despite the rain and wind outside, the 108 seniors who call Cooinda home were transported to the warmer weather of tropical Hawaii for an afternoon of cultural delight.

Music was provided by the team at Memory Lane Karaoke, allowing residents to engage with singing and dancing in the facility’s large lounge. While there was a great variety of Hawaiian themed music, hits from the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley proved the most popular on the day!

Each resident was presented with a Hawaiian Lei, while tropical drinks were on offer for those who wanted to fully immerse themselves in the Hawaiian spirit. To round off the festivities, a group meal was served with Hawaiian themed food prepared by the Cater Care Chefs based at Braemar Cooinda.

Braemar Presbyterian Care CEO Wayne Belcher commented that such theme days are part of Braemar’s commitment to an engaging resident enrichment program.

“One of the things that make Braemar unique is our organisation-wide dedication to a resident enrichment program. In the past 12 months alone we have seen this expanded to include technology classes on iPads and the like, history lectures, visits from the Royal Flying Doctor and theme days like this one,” Mr Belcher comments.

“Despite Hawaii being over 11,000km away from us, for the day we were able to bring its unique culture, food and music to Melville. This is really important as it allows those residents in our care the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn new things in the comfort of their home.”

Braemar was established by the Presbyterian Church over 65 years ago and today provides care and friendship to over 200 elderly residents.