Perth Aged Care provider Braemar has taken the lead in the fight against flu this year by offering complementary flu vaccines for staff at all of its Perth-based facilities.

In an effort to ensure wellness across the Braemar facilities, free vaccinations were open to all staff, volunteers and families of residents, as well as friends who visit Braemar’s facilities.

Three events have been hosted during May, where recipients of the flu vaccination were treated to free barista coffee, ice creams and crêpes made by Braemar’s CEO (and honorary Patissier) Wayne Belcher.

Braemar’s GM Workforce Renee Reid, who oversees the vaccination program, said the response from the staff and public was overwhelming; with record numbers being vaccinated at the three events.

“We were delighted with the turnout. We’ve only just completed the first round of vaccinations and already have seen more people attend than during the entire program last year.”

“This shows a real understanding in the community of the importance of protecting yourself against influenza,” Ms. Reid continues. “It is heartening to see so many members of staff, volunteers and family at Braemar going out of their way to ensure the health and wellness of our residents.”

Ms. Reid said that the events will be repeated in June to further encourage staff and family to get their flu vaccination.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar operate residential aged 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.