Anyone for Bowls?

May 17, 2015


Residents from Toukley Aged Care have been participating in the specially modified game of Bowls run monthly by the local RSL Club at Toukley. Recently the local paper – Express Advocate ran a news story on this great venture

New Resident Outdoor Area for Forestview

May 15, 2015

After several months of construction, the new resident outdoor area at our Forestview facility was officially opened. Originally, just a small courtyard existed with room for only one outdoor setting and a BBQ. Now there is an extensive patio, with lots of room for all our residents. The area is inviting, with shady parasols and ever green grass – that never needs cutting!! To celebrate, residents and staff held an official opening ceremony, with Pilar the Manager cutting the ribbon and declaring the garden “well and truly open”. An entertainer had the residents singing and dancing along as they enjoyed a BBQ and relaxed in the beautiful Autumn weather.

Final finishing touches still need to be completed with removal of the construction safety fences. This will be followed by landscaping around the perimeter as well as some planter boxes, which will allow the residents to pot up and tend to their own plants.

Riviera Health Design New Aged Care Bed

May 7, 2015

Riviera Health in conjunction with Jomor Healthcare have commissioned a new purpose built electric aged care bed.

The idea was to have bed rails that folded completely away to reduce the risk of injury to both residents and staff – this stemmed from seeing how the security screens at banks, fold away into the bench, until they are needed.

Len Bourne, Riviera Health Head of Maintenance discussed his idea with Jomor Healthcare representatives, who went away and worked on the concept. Jomor Healthcare have been manufacturing health care equipment for nearly 20 years.

Our facilities at Brighton-le-Sands and Doonside took delivery of the first batch of beds – pictured.

Pilot Dental Program

January 21, 2014

Toukley and Wyong facilities are currently participating in a Pilot Program aimed at improving the overall dental outcomes for residents in residential aged care. The program is being funded and run by Medicare Local and Newcastle University (Ourimbah Campus). An experienced Dental Hygienist – “Jo” will visit the facilities once a week and screen all residents (after consents obtained). A base line will be determined, oral health care plans established, any necessary referrals made for further treatments and staff training commenced. It is hoped that the study will show that with improved dental hygiene the end result will be residents free from dental pain and associated health issues:

  • Nurses trained in providing standard protective oral hygiene, including proper brushing, preventing gum disease and reducing tooth decay and ulcers;
  • care, removal and cleaning of dentures;
  • responding to dry mouth (Xerostomia) – a side effect of some medications;
  • brushing techniques for residents with challenging behaviour, perhaps as a result of dementia, who may refuse to have their faces touched, bite the toothbrush or are unable to rinse;
  • helpful oral desensitization techniques to help aged care workers relax the resident to allow brushing;
  • distraction techniques especially for people with dementia, which will allow aged care workers, to brush the resident’s teeth; and
  • dental care for people at the palliative stage.