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End of year reflections

Published on Tuesday 17th of December 2013

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Another year is coming to an end, and like most of you, I can't believe how quickly 2013 has gone by.
It has indeed been an eventful year and particularly gratifying for me. Four months ago my 23 year old son, Maurice joined the Golden Carers team. Having no experience in the industry he more than made up for it with his expertise in websites and online technologies.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for the fabulous feedback that has come our way in the past 12 months. We have had a stream of supporters who shared photos, stories, poems, suggestions, and activities. Many thanks!

I would like to say a few words in praise of all Leisure and Recreation workers. Regardless of what you prefer to call yourselves (the list is rather lengthy!), you all share one common goal: to enrich the lives of those under your care by planning, developing and implementing activities to support their social, spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

I know many of you will be working throughout the festive season; you will be consoling those who have no family left or lending a shoulder to those who did not get any visitors or have relatives that live far away.

The dedication, compassion and resolve that you show your clients will not go un-noticed; your efforts will loom large in the minds of your clients.

I salute you and all the wonderful men and women in our community, working with patience, empathy and grace and striving to provide normal life pursuits to individuals in our care. You do it with humour and good cheer.

Comments

Michelle 22nd Dec 2013

End of year reflections

As someone relatively new to the aged care industry and newly trained, thankyou for your practical suggestions. They work or give ideas that can be easily adapted to people in high dementia care.
Daisy 21st Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Thank you Solange for inspiring us who are worked off our feet and are often too fatigue to come up with I the ideas we would hav liked to in our own.

Also thank you for the unity to know there are others in the same position benefitting from each other.

May you have a blessed Christmas, filled with goodwill to all, especially our aged or those who depend on us to make a positive difference in their life.

Daisy
Pauline 20th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

To the golden carers team, thanks for your support during 2013 and I hope this sight continues to be a voice in a lonely world for DTS, It is good good to know someone out there understands and supports us on a daily basis and assists us to with activity suggestions to try throughout the year. Have a merry christmas and even better new year.
Talita 19th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback, we appreciate it so much!

Merry Christmas to all!
Bianca 19th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Merry Christmas all, your comments an suggestions have been well received and your ideas well 'borrowed'.
Thank you all for sharing
Maggie 19th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Thanks ever so much Solange. The month of December is usually an even bigger challenge in the aged care sector. While many people celebrate others feel the pain of having no family to join. Thats why our roles in aged care and dementia care are so important.
We help help lift peoples spirits, spend lots of I to I time with them and join people together in this crazy season. Christmas Carols, singing and dancing, more formal style spiritual services all give people a lift. The most wonderful things happen in this area of work - a person with high care dementia will come out with Ava Maria in song and people always remember to old sytle routes and sunday school songs. It is such a joy to join in the whole purpose of Christmas by our practices of person centered care. Always know the persons story.
Love to all throughout the new year and into 2014.
Kindest Regards, Maggie
peggy 18th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Hi Solage & crew,
Thank you SO much for this message...I needed it today!
Have a happy Christmas & enjoy a break yourselves.
Peg
Debi 18th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Merry Christmas Solange,
Thankyou for those wonderful words, they are a great reminder of how important the position of all lifestyle workers are, keep up the great work everyone.
Thankyou for your site it has been a great help for our facility.
Cheers Debi :)
Nette 18th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you, thanks Nette
Kate 18th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Thank you Solange and your team for this great site. this is my bible and love reading all the articles, thank you for making my work more interesting. Hope you and your family have a very happy & safe Christmas and a wonderful 2014 :)
Kerry 18th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Thank you for your support & ideas through 2013, I look forward to conversing with you all in 2014, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, regards Kerry.
Heather 18th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Dear Solange, Being a leisure and Health worker can be lonely and frustrating so say the least sometimes, but one thing we all have in common is a friend in you and your wonderful site. The support offered to each and everyone of the Golden Carers Members goes beyond and above keeping us all a float and on the right track to continue to provide the one thing we are all trying to do. Provide normal life pursuits to individuals in our care.. I love my job and Golden Carers helps me to continue to realise that when things get a little tough. I thank you and your team for helping me to continue to do this and wish each and everyone one a Merry Christmas and a safe and productive New Year. xxx
Jennifer Bohman 17th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Hi Solange, Thank you for this site, I love it! Thank you also for your understanding about our role. I have volunteered in this area for 20 years, and I have had to recently leave a Rec Officer job I had for 18months due to family commitments. It was during this time I had the sad experience of how belittling and dismissive some staff can be. Emotional well being is just as important as the physical and it comes to people in all different ways. I wish the "Nursing/Caring" Staff were intelligent enough to understand this.
Lisa 17th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Hi Solange, To you and all the people at Golden Carers I would like to thank you for your wonderful website and wish you a happy and safe Christmas and new year. God bless you all Lisa :)
Susan 17th Dec 2013

End of year reflections

Dear Solange. I always have good intentions of contributing to such a wonderful sight and feel I must at least reply to your lovely end of year reflection. You put together such fantastic thoughts and ideas and I am sure there are many of us lifestyle people out there who are much the wiser/ kinder for it. so thank you so much I do hope you can relax these holidays although we all know that as such our brains never switch off.
So here's to a fantastic 2014 to you and everyone who reads the site, Remember that Florence Nightingale once said " Life is a precious gift there is nothing small about it. Live your life whilst you have " at 71, I intend to do just that.
God Bless
Susan
Ps I am also a Red Hatter. .And boy is my life full. It means my husband can play as much bowls as he likes too!!

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