In this issue:

  • CEO Update
  • Care at Home Program
  • Staff Profile: Anthony Cunico
  • Volunteer New: Matthew Adderton
  • Staff Profile: Caroline Tully
  • News from the Social Activities Coordinator
  • Major Bathroom Modification

 

CEO Update

Welcome to our spring edition of Care Matters.

Once again we find ourselves in lockdown, and my immediate thoughts are for the safety and wellbeing of our clients, volunteers and staff. I hope you and your families are staying safe and well.

Despite the lockdown, MWP Care’s mission to deliver care to our community continues on in earnest. We have developed a virtual and socially distanced Neighbour Aid program which introduces some new initiatives to ensure our clients receive the best possible level of care we can provide.

One such initiative has been the preparation and distribution of Care Packs to our clients. Care packs are assembled by our Volunteer Coordinator Bronwyn Brent with the support of other MWP Care staff, and hand delivered by our dedicated volunteers.  A Care Pack can contain such items as personal products, snacks, activities and puzzles. Our plan is to continue delivering care packs with varying contents, to help support our clients whilst lockdown is in place.

Please note that our essential escorted shopping support and travel to and from medical appointments is continuing as normal, carried out by our wonderful group of volunteers. Can I encourage our clients to please make use of these services at the current time – we are here to help.

Unfortunately we are unable to hold any in-person social activities, however we do have a number of virtual social groups underway including online dance classes and art gallery tours. Please call us on Ph. 9913 3244 to find out more.

Our Building Services team continues to provide essential building work during the lockdown including home modifications and maintenance. We are standing by to help with any modification or maintenance work you may need to ensure your home is as safe as possible.

I am pleased to announce some exciting news – the launch of our new Care at Home program. MWP Care’s Care at Home program provides individual support for daily personal living requirements.  We offer a wide range of in-home supports such as meal preparation, bathing and other personal care needs. Please contact our Client Experience Coordinator, Anthony Cunico, for any personal care needs you or a loved one may require.

Lastly, we are all going through a tough time at the moment and please remember to look after yourself and those around you. Don’t hesitate to call MWP Care at any time if you’re feeling lonely and just need to chat, or if you need any support with day to day life – that’s what we’re her for.

Please remember that organisations like Beyond Blue or Lifeline are also here to help support your mental health and wellbeing. You can speak to a support professional 24 / 7 on the phone numbers below:

I look forward to speaking with you again soon.

In the meantime stay safe and stay connected.

Best wishes,

Grant Simpson
CEO, MWP Care

 

Care at Home Program

We are excited to announce we have officially launched our Care At Home program.

What is Care At Home?

Our new Care At Home program provides support workers to seniors that may need additional assistance in their homes. Typically these clients need support with personal care and with keeping their homes clean and tidy. Most receive individualised funding in the form of a Home Care Package.

Why have we done this?

The majority of MWP Care’s clients are funded under the government’s entry level funding scheme – the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). As their support needs increase many then go on to receive an individualised Home Care Package (HCP). We want to provide our wonderful clients with the option to continue receiving their services through us. Also, as aged care services evolve, particularly in light of the recent royal commission, it is important to broaden our service offerings to prepare for policy changes that are expected in the future.

What does this mean for people wanting services?

For clients already on a HCP speak with the person or organisation that is managing your package and let them know you would like to use our services. A client’s choice is at the centre of aged care services. Your provider will then call us and we can set up a service that suits you. We have very positive relationships with many HCP providers in the northern beaches.

We can also do the same for private clients.

As a not-for-profit with the wellbeing of our clients and the community at the heart of everything we do clients can rest assured they will be in the right hands.

Are you seeking work?

The aged care sector is one of the fastest growing ones in the economy and, as an essential service, provides certainty of employment in these challenging times.

Our Care At Home program is looking for suitably qualified (Cert III & IV) staff to help support our growing client base.

If you or someone you know is wanting to work for our wonderful organisation, supporting our clients in the northern beaches call our office and ask to speak with Anthony.

 

Staff Profile: Anthony Cunico

When did you start with MWP Care?

I started with MWP Care July 2021

What is your role? 

I am the Client Experience Coordinator for MWP Care. MWP Care is now expanding its operations to provide services to Home Care Package clients. My role is to develop and maintain relationships within our community networks to ensure the continuity of services are delivered for our clients on the Northern Beaches.

My role will also include managing a team of Care Staff who will help assist clients in their home.

Why do you do what you do? 

I do what I do because I love what I do. I have always had a passion for Aged Care. My Grandfather had Dementia and was in a facility. All he wanted was the opportunity to go back into his home. My Grandmother wanted to stay in her home. We had a lift installed to go up the stairs for her. I have seen both sides of care when it comes to loved ones. I feel like I am giving back by helping others who are in need.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

Our staff are amazing. I enjoy coming to work every day and talking to my work colleagues. We have so many different personalities from building services to neighbour aid to our volunteers.

Have you had any funny/interesting experiences?

Talking with our Volunteer Bob about the TAB system in Australia and how it was run back in the day.

What do you like to do outside of work? 

I like to spend time with family. Go for walks around the beaches. Explore new things. Watching my Manly Sea Eagles win at Brookvale Oval.

Is there something unique or different you have done that many people wouldn’t know? 

I was a lead singer in a lounge band in Las Vegas.

 

Volunteer New: Matthew Adderton

Matthew Adderton, one of MWP Care’s newest board members, and long standing volunteer, is running in the upcoming council elections.

We asked him why he has decided to contest the December 4th Northern Beaches Council elections.

“I believe that with the past, present and future challenging times, we need local people making local decisions. Our council representatives should live in, and have been part of, the community to truly understand what’s important to the Narrabeen Ward and the broader Northern Beaches. 

I am not a career politician by any means but a local keen to make a difference. This is one of the reasons I started volunteering with MWP Care over 5 years ago and am now on the Board.

I’ve decided to run with Mayor Michael Regan’s ‘Your Northern Beaches Independent Team’ representing the Narrabeen Ward. Being independent of any major political party allows us to only listen to the people of the Northern Beaches and what matters to them.

Areas that I believe I can help make a difference:

  • Social support of seniors to assist them to stay connected and independent.
  • Improve mental health services for all ages especially during Covid,
  • Support small business owners and employees with a view to keeping and growing more jobs and investment in the NB LGA.
  • Continue to improve community and sporting facilities

I would really appreciate your support on December 4th.

I hope to use my platform if elected, to strongly promote the rights and wellbeing of seniors in our community.

In the meantime, please like, follow and share our Facebook www.facebook.com/YNBITNarrabeenWard and Instagram www.instagram.com/ynbitnarrabeenward/
pages or check out our website at www.YourNorthernBeaches.com.au  

I appreciate your support in my next adventure and look forward to sharing it with you all! “

 

Staff Profile: Caroline Tully

When did you start with MWP Care? 

April 2021

What is your role? 

My official title is Social Activities Coordinator, which means that I get to plan, organise, and coordinate social activities for our clients. Each month I try to come up fun and unique experiences. as well as include outings to places that are favourites of our clients.

 Why do you do what you do? 

Nothing makes me happier than bringing joy to other people. It’s the most fulfilling part of life! I love seeing our clients experiencing new things and visiting places that none of us would usually go to otherwise.

What do you enjoy most about working here? 

The people. The clients, the staff, and the volunteers. It’s a privilege to be able to work alongside such a great team, and it’s a beautiful thing to provide an opportunity for our clients to meet new people and connect socially with others. I also love planning and logistics. so this job combines everything that I enjoy.

Have you had any funny/interesting experiences?

Once when I was working in the music industry we were doing a tour with actor Russell Crowes’ band. Somebody sent him a bunch of flowers to the venue and it was up to me to deliver them to him.

During soundcheck, there was a break, and so I timidly approached Russell who was standing on the stage and presented him with the flowers. He thanked me profusely, saying that it was a very kind gesture and very thoughtful of me. My face went bright red as I had to explain to him that they were actually not from me at all. It was a very awkward moment that still makes my face go red with embarrassment every time I think about it!

What do you like to do outside of work? 

I love music and going to concerts with friends and family. I also love writing, reading and listening to podcasts. I’m very much looking forward to being able to travel again, as it is a huge passion of mine to explore different cultures.

Is there something unique or different you have done that many people wouldn’t know?

I spent over 20 years working in the music industry organising tours and travelling with bands. I’ve had dinner with Bette Middler on the foreground of Luna Park, and with Radiohead at the Rocks. I’ve taken private jets around America and Canada with KISS, spent two birthdays with Robbie Williams, and have travelled Australia, New Zealand, and all over the world with countless artists.

 

News from the Social Activities Coordinator

We have been very busy trying to find different ways to remain connected with our clients in an attempt to make sure that they are not feeling too isolated during lockdown.

One of our projects has been putting together Care Packs and Activity Packs. Our wonderful volunteers have been busily delivering these to our clients. We have had such wonderful feedback, including a message from Brian, one of our more senior clients who lives alone and who called our office to express his gratitude. He said, “It is wonderful to know (MWP Care) was thinking about him and that (we) care”.

We’ve also been encouraging our clients to join us in some Zoom sessions. One of our clients who has been making the most of the activities on offer is Leonila. She wrote in to thank us:

“I enjoyed the session this morning. I’m thankful I was able to get a glimpse and learn something about the Archibald Prize. And the New Moves dance class is so much fun. I am doing the face yoga when I wake up in the morning and even shared with my family and friends. We all had a good laugh!!”

Our weekly zoom ‘Casual catch up chat’ group has also been slowly growing over the weeks as well. It’s a lovely opportunity to be able to still get together and exchange stories and share what we’ve each been up to during lockdown.

We have some other really great sessions happening too, so if you’re interested in joining in but not entirely confident with how to use Zoom, please reach out and we will happily help you get set up so that you can be a part of the fun!

 

Major Bathroom Modification

MWP Care recently completed a full bathroom modification for an elderly couple in Chatswood. They were unable to access the shower due the positioning of the shower over the bath.

In collaboration with the occupational therapist, MWP Care came up with a design which gives the clients a level access shower thereby improving circulation and safety within quite a small bathroom. This was quite a challenging project as it was on the fifth floor of a unit complex and due to the challenges involved in dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.

We are proud to say that we have an extremely happy client as well as fantastic positive feedback from Strata Management on how well we performed our task keeping within the safety guidelines to achieve a great outcome for the client.

Our clients’ son said it best, “The bathroom looks stunning. Your effort and dedication really paid off and the bathroom is a real leap forward in both accessibility and stylish fashion. Thank you all for the hard work”.