As we all become accustomed to new ways of daily living, the Lifestyle Team at Barossa Village continues to innovate and adapt activities, keeping residents and staff smiling and interacting during this unique time.
Lifestyle Manager, Julie Cartwright says, “We received a generous donation of magazines, made Busy Bee packs for each wing of The Residency and introduced small group daily activities in each area as well.”
Julie and her team have introduced new activities to the lifestyle program with residents enjoying “Get to know your staff Bingo” and a scavenger hunt. Staff also installed a Gratitude Wall where residents can express their thanks for the things that make them happy in their day.
“Our Residents Representative Group monthly meetings have been temporarily suspended but our Food Focus Group continues
in each area, to provide feedback on our menu,” says Julie.
Keeping in touch will loved ones has been a focus for residents, with the Lifestyle Team helping families connect by taking photos of residents with a message attached, and providing devices for families to catch up using video chat on Facetime and Skype.
“Supporting the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of our residents is especially important during this time
With development approval recently granted for the hydrotherapy pool in our Allied Health precinct on Atze Parade in Nuriootpa, the project team at Barossa Village is currently planning the commencement
“Once complete the pool and its facilities will be a valuable extension to the provision of services to people living in the Barossa,” says Ben Hall, General Manager Service Delivery.
Being built as an addition to the Mary Plush Allied Health Centre, the hydrotherapy pool is partly funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science through its Building Better Regions Fund.
“This $1.5m project will include a 15m x 5m purpose built hydrotherapy pool, upgraded shower facilities and ‘Changing Place’ compliant change room.”
The gym in the existing facility will also be extended and the project is expected to be completed
The planning of the $5.6m expansion of the Residency at Barossa Village is a ‘watch this space’ scenario for exciting updates about this project.
Ben Hall, General Manager Service Delivery, is overseeing this project along with the development of the hydrotherapy pool, and reports that this important project will increase the number of beds by 20%.
“The Residency is currently home to up to 100 residents and with the growing need in our community for residential aged care, the expansion will provide additional capacity including respite services to those who are caring for loved ones at home.”
Funding for this project is supported by the Federal Government’s Department Health, through its Rural, Regional and other Special Needs Building Fund.
In difficult times kindness shines through, as was evident by a delivery of care packs by Calabria Family Wines to Barossa Village.
Each Calabria Family Care Box is filled with everyday necessities of pasta, rice, canned soup and fruit, tissues, toilet paper, sugar, tea, coffee and juice. These boxes will be distributed to residents living independently but finding it difficult or impossible to access the things they need.
Barossa Village also received bulk hand sanitiser produced by the family wine company.
Searching for the perfect retirement location and lifestyle after losing her partner, Julie Smith explored opportunities in Perth, the Northern Territory, Queensland, and eastern seaboard, before deciding on a three bedroom independent living unit in Angaston with Barossa Village.
“I looked at three different providers in South Australia and immediately felt comfortable with Barossa Village and appreciated their professionalism and compassion, “says Julie who moved to the Barossa from Whyalla.
“I loved the Barossa’s proximity to South Australia’s key hubs and facilities, its wineries and the weather.”
“Barossa Village really listened to what I wanted to achieve out of my retirement and recommended a unit that was the perfect fit for me,” says Julie. “I fell in love with the layout on my first visit.”
Thanks to the location of the unit near Angaston’s main street, Julie says she regularly shuts the door and goes for a walk to discover
the town and its surrounds. Bus trips with the Barossa Village community lifestyles group have also helped Julie to build her knowledge of the region.
“Within two weeks of moving in I had volunteered at the café in the Residency, the Barossa Bush Gardens and the Regional Gallery in Tanunda.”
“I would recommend retirement living at the drop of a hat; if you’re a couple it’s ideal and if you’re single, Barossa Village becomes your extended family.”
Julie’s advice is to plan ahead and don’t leave your decision until tomorrow.
Barossa Village is not for profit, community owned,
aged care provider, since 1964