Village Voice: October 2022

The Victorian Seniors Festival is a month-long program recognising and celebrating senior Victorians. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this wonderful event. The evolution of Seniors Week into a month-long festival focusing on positive ageing and the passing last month of the Queen, who was still working and performing official duties at 96 years of age, prompted me to reflect on the capacity of people to continue to accomplish remarkable things well into their senior years.

Village Voice: July 2022

The human need for certainty is a very strong influence on our lives. For some people when they are feeling that this need is not being met in a way that they prefer, they will get worried and anxious, others will respond proactively and seek information, some will choose to create rumours or become angry. The closure of the Lodge is an event that has created some uncertainty, and although we have provided written information, verbal information at Resident meetings, I have responded to telephone calls and people calling in to ask questions in person. I am aware that there is still some level of worry about what the closure of the Lodge means for them as individuals. I want to provide all Residents with more reassurance that we will continue to provide the same kinds of care that we always have.

Village Voice: June 2022

As I write this, I am sitting in my study working from home, after more than 2 years of successfully avoiding Covid, I am one of the 68,426 Victorians that have registered a positive Covid test in the last week. The pandemic has seen huge change in working from home arrangements for office based staff and now, with my office phone diverted to my mobile, the ability to directly log into the servers at work and access all of my files online, having Microsoft Teams open to video or real time chat with staff and hold meetings and the staff to be able to see if I am active at my workstation or away from my desk, it has made working from home a very productive option for times this like.

Village Voice: May 2022

Thank-you to the 213 Resident’s who responded to our 2022 Village Baxter Resident Survey. This was over a 50% response rate which is higher than we have seen in some time. 95% of Residents Strongly Agreed (80%) or Agreed (15%) that they were happy with their decision to move in which is a wonderful overall result during what has been a very difficult 2 years.

Village Voice: February 2022

There are three documents that will make an enormous difference to how much control you have over your life and assets if an event arose and you were unable to express your choices and wishes yourself. Recently we have had situations arise in both Villages where Residents did not have these documents in place and it has caused enormous distress for families who were faced with many privacy related and legal roadblocks in trying to work through financial, care or estate issues.