FOCUS ON … SENIORS ENJOYING LIFE
Finding your care Menarock Life Aged Care Services work to uphold a model of care that is personal to each resident and supported by skilled staff. Menarock Life homes offer respite care, permanent care as well as dedicated Memory Support wings for residents living with dementia. Their Lifestyle and Allied Health professionals work together to deliver support and programs to ensure residents live a quality lifestyle. “Good care requires experience and skill,” Menarock Life Group Manager Sales and Occupancy Heather Masterman said. “Our homes are led by directors of nursing who are supported by registered nurses and qualified care teams 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” McGregor Gardens in Pakenham became part of the Menarock Life family in April 2018. Masterman said the transition was seamless with Director of Nursing Dion Kimutai leading his team. In the heart of the Pakenham community, Menarock Life McGregor Gardens is a one level residential care facility accommodating 90 ageing in place beds, 18 of which are reserved for residents with dementia. The rooms at McGregor Gardens are lightfilled and look onto lush garden beds and trees for the enjoyment of residents, families and friends. “Salisbury House has also been a part of the community in Upper Beaconsfield since 1888
By Dr Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer
From left, Elsie Storm, Tanu Shaikh, Frisca Boyle, Dot Newman and Lisa Adomeit share a joke at McGregor Gardens. 181393 and has accommodation for 60 residents. This will be expanded by a further 30 single ensuited rooms with construction commencing later
this year,” Ms Masterman said. For more information, email residency@ menarock.com.au or phone 0400 742 057.
It’s time to start living this phase of life Drouin's new over-55s community now has a "fabulous" club house. Sanctuary Lifestyle's stages one and two are officially sold out with stage three selling fast. “Sanctuary Lifestyle Drouin is the premium choice when it comes to community living,” Sanctuary Lifestyle's Scott Devenish said. “(Sanctuary Lifestyle) boasts smart-designed, high-quality homes and six-star resortstyle facilities including a central club house with indoor pool and spa, gym, billiard room and cinema.” The community also features a tennis court, bowling green, men’s shed and caravan/ boat storage. All homes are two bedrooms or two bedrooms plus a study and feature lock-up garages, stone bench tops, double-glazed windows, stainless steel appliances and heating and cooling as standard specifications on all homes. “With 10 different home designs and premium locations still available, you are sure to find the right layout and location to suit your individual lifestyle,” Mr Devenish said. “As the most spacious community of its type and located close to shops, transport and all local amenities, it’s no wonder the first and second stages of Sanctuary Lifestyle Drouin
It's time to start living at Sanctuary Lifestyle in Drouin. are sold out. “Owning your own home along with affordable site fees, no council rates or body corporate to pay, coupled with discounted services and NBN access, why wouldn’t you want to downsize and enjoy the benefits of community living?
“The beautiful surrounds of Drouin’s main street and the numerous walking tracks make Sanctuary Lifestyle Drouin the perfect place to live.” Sanctuary Lifestyle is at 9 Kingburgh Close in Drouin. For more information, call Elizabeth on 1300 835 463 or email email@example.com.
We know influenza is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. Typically, Australia’s annual flu season occurs between April and October. For the best possible protection this year, my advice to all Victorians is to be vaccinated anytime from mid-April onwards. This should ensure they are protected by the time the disease begins to spread more widely in the community. The record number of flu notifications last year in Victoria alone is a timely reminder about the importance of vaccination - there were more than 48,000 cases - and tragically, a number of deaths were reported. Already, preparations are underway to provide influenza immunisations for a number of key groups in the community. This year, we expect to make more than one million doses of vaccine available. People aged 65 years and over will receive a specially formulated flu vaccine that potentially increases their protection especially against one strain of influenza that is more common and severe in the elderly. All Victorians over 65 are eligible for this free flu vaccine. For people under 65 and without significant existing medical conditions, getting vaccinated at any time is perfectly okay. No one should miss an opportunity to be vaccinated if it has already been already scheduled. In Victoria this season for the first time we are providing free influenza immunisation to babies and children from six months to five years of age. Two doses, given a minimum of one month apart, are required for those children receiving the vaccine for the first time. Our message this winter is simple: ‘You never forget the flu - don’t forget your flu shot.’ Flu vaccinations save lives. When more people are vaccinated, fewer people become ill or suffer life-threatening complications from influenza. The flu is not like a cold. Symptoms last on average one to two weeks but for some it is takes several weeks to recover. It kills more than 3,500 Australians each year. If you’ve got the flu, visit your doctor, talk to a pharmacist or phone Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24 - 24 hours a day. Victoria also has 12 Supercare Pharmacies open 24/7. Additional information can be found on the Better Health Channel: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/fluinfluenza-immunisation.
Exceptional Care. Quality Lifestyle.
Upper Beaconsield Pakenham Upper Ferntree Gully
Menarock Life aged care homes are proud to support the needs of those needing high level care in Upper Beaconsield, Pakenham and Upper Ferntree Gully.
Exceptional care requires experience and skill and our homes are led by Directors of Nursing supported by teams of Registered and Enrolled Nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our philosophy of care is dedicated to excellence in the ield of residential aged care. Emphasis is placed on the rights of the individual, whether frail, aged or disabled.
Respite and Memory Support are a specialty at Menarock Life.
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menarocklife.com.au Upper Beaconsield
ph 5944 3443
MCGREGOR GARDENS Pakenham
ph 5941 9633
SHERBROOKE HOUSE Upper Ferntree Gully
ph 9758 9911
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Thursday, 7 June, 2018