International Nurses Day is day celebrated around the world each year on the 12 May. This year, the residents of St. Basil’s Homes NSW/ACT have written beautiful messages for their nurses expressing gratitude and acknowledging the importance of their work.
Seniors’ News by St Basil’s
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Established in 1954, St. Basil’s NSW & ACT is part of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia and a registered Australian charity established specifically for this provision of aged care.
Residents of the St. Basil’s Homes in the Miranda location recently partied ‘Hollywood-style’ at an event inspired by the Oscars and organised as part of the Lifestyles Activities Program that is available across all of the organisation’s nursing homes. The party starred many lookalike celebrities, featured plenty of food and lots of fun.
Each year, St. Basil’s looks forward to this family event shared with the community, held on Palm Sunday and leading into Holy Week.
St. Basil’s Day Centres are warm and inviting places that offer interesting and stimulating programs and nutritious and delicious meals, inspired by the Mediterranean diet.
A recent Swedish study found that even if you don’t start exercising until your senior years, physical activity is the number one contributor to longevity, adding extra years to your life.
Making Christmas extra special this year, St. Catherine’s junior choir visited the St Basil’s Randwick location to perform Christmas Carols for the residents.
Spiro Stavis, newly appointed Acting CEO, has a vision for St. Basil’s NSW & ACT: for consumers to see their lives improve upon joining the St. Basil’s family of programs and services. He speaks about his new role, “I can honestly say that I have never felt so fulfilled in my professional life. I know that every day I make a positive difference in somebody’s life.”
With decades of experience in hospitality, aged care, management and leadership, St. Basil’s training provide students with practical real-life experience and insights. They congratulate their graduating students of 2020.
Recognising how fundamental culture is to our lives, St Basil’s NSW & ACT has been offering Greek lessons in cooperation with Modern Greek Studies Program of Macquarie University for non-Greek speaking staff designed to improve the quality of life for seniors in its care.
The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) helps senior Australians access entry-level support services to live independently and safely at home.
With one in 10 older adults experiencing depression and anxiety, studies show that social activities for seniors are an important way to improve mental health, memory and cognitive function.
The best estimate of malnutrition in Australian community home care settings is around 15% thus ensuring that nutritional needs are met in aged care is an extremely important task. Premier provider of long-term aged care, St Basil’s has exceeded all outcomes in recent accreditation of food safety standards so we talk to them about this complex issue.
The attempt to shield the elderly and vulnerable during these unprecedented times of COVID-19 has given birth to a new set of health concerns for this much loved demographic that need to be addressed.