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Meet Maryanne: Lyndoch Living’s community respite activities specialist

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Shoutout to Lyndoch Living Community Respite Coordinator Maryanne. She has dedicated nearly 18 years to supporting and caring for residents in our community. Born in Germany, Maryanne and her family migrated to Australia in 1950, growing up in regional towns. Maryanne worked in administration, hospitality, cleaning, and wanting a career change, she felt aged care would be rewarding and interesting.

While raising her family and working full time, she completed a Certificate III in Aged Care and Disability and has worked in aged care ever since. Commencing as a Personal Care Worker, Maryanne enjoyed assisting residents throughout the day by making their days more comfortable and enjoyable. Maryanne also completed a Certificate IV in Lifestyle and Leisure after being offered a role to fill in for Lifestyle team members. She has been working in her current role as Community Respite Coordinator in the Lyndoch Day Stay Program for over 14 years.

With programs scheduled four days a week, Maryanne and the Homestead team are responsible for planning exciting activities. The best part of Maryanne’s role is knowing each person has spent the day in good company, eating great food, enjoying activities. “Watching both men and women attending the program and making friends sharing special connections is beautiful to experience.” I work with a great team – we all work well together,” she said.

Outside of work, Maryanne is a fanatical Beatles memorabilia collector and loves gardening. She is a member of the Inner Wheel Club (raising funds for local charities), the Western Victoria Holden Car Club and enjoys country drives in her 1954 FJ Holden. Maryanne used to enjoy pistol shooting and represented both NSW and Victoria in her 20’s and 30’s.

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“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”

Family of [email protected] clients

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“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the [email protected] team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”

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“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”

Leanne (daughter of [email protected] client)

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“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”

Family Members of [email protected] clients

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“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch [email protected] team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”

Michelle ([email protected] client)

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“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband.  This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”

Christine ([email protected] client)

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“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”

Maurice  ([email protected] client)

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“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands.  I could not ask for anyone better”

Joan ([email protected] client)

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“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”

Stuart (Swinton East)

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“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”

John (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”

Margaret (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”

Lynette (Swinton East)