We love to share a #GreatCareStory or two – a big thank you to all of the nurses, care workers, hospitality and maintenance staff, volunteers, family & friends that take care of some of our most vulnerable around Australia and the world.

Over the passage of time, the chair gets sat in less and less by Charlie Robinson, Southern Cross Care

Living in the place you’ve called home for many years needn’t be taken away from you. With the right support, you can continue to stay in the place you love. It was cancer which brought John Marsh-Finharty to Strathalbyn in 1989. It was closer to Adelaide than their origins, living in Wallaroo together. They built their house and set up a comfortable lifestyle of shopping trips to Mt Barker and travel across the globe. Each year they planned a trip together. They went to England one year, Scotland the next and had many visits to Dresden in Germany. His house is now even named this; Dresden that is. Germany has amazing memories for him; for one, it’s where his cuckoo clock is from and for John Marsh, these are some of the most precious memories. You see John’s wife passed away five years ago and it’s taken quite some time for him to come out of his shell. They first met on a coach bus trip to the Northern Territory. Edith became his world. She was from Germany and had been part of the after war effort of settlement in Dresden. As the passage of time heals with Edith now gone, John has established a new way. To read more of how John has changed and what he is up to now, by clicking here and follow Southern Cross Care on Twitter @southernxcSANT

Seniors find mateship at Men’s Shed by Villa Maria Catholic Homes

Don’t let the tools fool you – this Men’s Shed is more than just a workshop, it’s a place of friendship and fun. The Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Men’s Shed in Wantirna, run by not-for-profit organisation VMCH, has provided a safe-haven for men for more than a decade. Each Tuesday and Friday, around 18 men aged over 65 pop into the shed to have a chat, a cuppa and work on some woodwork projects for their family members and friends. The seniors – who may have dementia, a physical disability, or are carers – are usually referred to the shed by local support agencies. Men’s Shed supervisor Nicola Guida said the social aspect of the shed had a positive impact on the men’s mental wellbeing.

“To put it simply, it’s very important. It gives them an opportunity to be with other like-minded blokes to interact and bond. They actually share some pretty personal stuff sometimes which is helpful to them. They support and look out for one another and are good friends,” Nic said. “One of our newest members said he was fighting boredom at home, and now looks forward to his day at the centre.”

Creating woodwork pieces including bird baths, pencil boxes and toys for their grandchildren also give the men a sense of purpose and accomplishment, Nic said. Ferntree Gully resident Peter Hall, aged 85, has been attending the VMCH Men’s Shed twice a week for the past three years. To read more about this wonderful project of Villa Maria Catholic Homes please click here and follow on Twitter @vmchVic

Former Boxer Discovers Art by Christadelphian Aged Care

Both a fighter and an artist, Jack is helping other residents rediscover creativity by running art classes at his Padstow Home. He was born in Toronto, Canada to British parents and was the eldest of three children. His dad had fought in WWI at the Battle of the Somme and married his mother after he returned. When Jack was five years old they moved to Australia where they settled in Five Dock and Jack went to school. During the Depression, the family moved to Little Bay, where Jack finished his schooling and became a professional boxer. He joined the army during WWII and was stationed in Bougainville, New Guinea organising supplies for the 42nd Landing Craft Company.  When he came back from the war, Jack decided to take a government job and worked for the Department of Education as an internal auditor visiting schools. He met his wife, Mary at a dance and at the age of 42, and got married. Find out how Jack his helping out with art classes by clicking here and follow on Twitter @CACagedcare

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