Alex and Nikita have spent the past 6 months, one day a week throughout the school terms, attending Lyndoch’s Social Support and Homestead respite programs, working with the team who run programs for community clients and gaining valuable skills and experience, including assisting with activities, socialisation, exercise classes, food service and administration.
Mandy White, Lyndoch Living’s Home Support and Wellness Manager, presented Alex and Nikita with a certificate of completion and graduation gifts at a special morning tea in the activities centre, with the day centre clients, staff from the Warrnambool Special Development School, family and special guest Tim Gainey from the Warrnambool Seahawks. Nikita’s day started with a visit to the Pure Living Hair & Beauty Salon where she had her hair curled and a little pampering. Alex is a huge basketball fan (sometimes needs to be reminded what he is supposed to be doing instead of talking to anyone who will listen about his favourite team the Warrnambool Seahawks) so a visit from Tim Gainey actually silenced him for a bit!
Nikita will be taking on a new challenge in 2020 with more study at South West TAFE and a placement at a Child Care Centre, where she hopes to use the skills learnt at Lyndoch. Alex is hoping to continue learning more skills with a further work placement next year and working towards a Community Services Certificate.
Warrnambool SDS Senior Teacher Lisa Lee praised Alex and Nikita on their enthusiastic participation in the program and also thanked Lyndoch’s staff, including Roselie Morey, the Education Manager who first met with Lisa early in the year to discuss opportunities for the SDS students to participate in Work Placement programs at Lyndoch.
We look forward to extending the partnership with new students in 2020.
“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”
Family of Living@Home clients
“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the Living@Home team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”
Family Member of Living@Home client
“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”
Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)
“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”
Family Members of Living@Home clients
“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”
Michelle (Living@Home client)
“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 (Living@Home client)
“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”
Maurice (Living@Home client)
“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands. I could not ask for anyone better”
Joan (Living@Home client)
“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)
“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)
“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”
Margaret (Lake Lodge)
“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)