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12 August 2022
Bringing the EKKA to resident’s backyard
The best of the EKKA came to Bolton Clarke Inverpine residents this week, with community locals not needing to travel far to have the traditional show experience!
Carmen and Margaret at the Jacaranda Cafe
07 August 2022
Coming home to Fernhill
Margaret moved into Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill Retirement Village 19 years ago, but the community has been a part of her life since her mother worked in the laundry when she was a child.
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01 August 2022
Mel loves making a difference in Melbourne’s West
The Latin adage “Carpe Diem,”- translating to seize the day - rings true for Bolton Clarke’s West Melbourne social worker Mel Walters, who loves making a difference for clients every day.
01 August 2022
Digital pendant drives freedom, independence
Jean has been living in Noosa for 17 years, and the Bolton Clarke InTouch Go! allows her to continue enjoying her independent, active and social lifestyle without thinking twice.
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31 July 2022
The next big adventure at Carrington
For Bolton Clarke Carrington Retirement Village residents John and Kirsten, the move to their new unit has been full of serendipitous links to their adventurous past.
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31 July 2022
Caring comes naturally for Melbourne nurse
For more than 20 years, Bolton Clarke Clinical Nurse Consultant Kylie Hall has been helping people with chronic health issues including dementia stay independent at home.
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29 July 2022
Tech training links Sarina with the world during pandemic
“HOME is where the heart is” rings true for Monee Ponds resident Sarina Roscioli, 98, who lives in Australia but communicates around the globe via new technologies.
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27 July 2022
Students and retirees bond over shared life experiences
Five dancers are chatting in a group. Their shared experiences easily span the more than 60-year age gap between them. Nearby, retiree John shares his love of the outdoors with a group of 12-year-old boys with similar interests.
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26 July 2022
A Flying Launch for ‘A Prodigious Leap’
Between turning 100 and deteriorating eyesight, you’d be forgiven for not expecting Bolton Clarke Bicentennial resident Tom Barry to be joining a list of new authors. But Tom is out to prove you wrong!
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25 July 2022
Centenarian May says turning 106 is the icing on the cake
May Lowe may not officially be a supercentenarian – the term given to people over 110 – but living independently at 106 certainly qualifies her as super.
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24 July 2022
Janice trades the country for the Bay
For Bolton Clarke Baycrest Retirement Village resident Janice, moving from her property in Jandowae, North-West of Dalby, to Hervey Bay was always going to be a big adjustment. But recent weather had her breathing a deep sigh of relief upon her arrival.
05 July 2022
Resource promotes diversity excellence in health and ageing
An Inclusive Health and Ageing website resource supporting best diversity practice for health and aged care providers has been launched by leading not-for-profit provider Bolton Clarke.
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30 June 2022
Volunteers all part of the family at Milford Grange
While different reasons brought Nita, Mary-Anne and Lyn to the community - whether a family connection, living close by, or the call to give back - there is one thing they all have in common. These volunteers make a world of difference to residents every day.
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20 June 2022
Moreton Shores Seniors Expo a One-Stop-Shop
Thornlands seniors stepped through retirement living options and products and services to support independence and ageing well at the inaugural Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores Seniors Expo on 17 June.
17 June 2022
Volunteering purpose helps Mary tackle loneliness
Mary has been volunteering at Bolton Clarke’s Darlington residential aged care community for nearly two years, and says in some ways it’s almost like coming home.
13 June 2022
100 years of memories for Addie
Adeline (Addie) has lived in the Bolton Clarke Fairview Residential Aged Care community for five years. A country girl at heart, her 100th birthday is good reason for her and her family to take a trip down memory lane.
10 June 2022
Love match on the tennis court
A love match on the tennis court has stood the test of time, with Bolton Clarke Cabrini resident Ted and his wife Erica celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary recently.
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06 June 2022
Cuddly kittens create special memories at Westhaven
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven residential aged care community have been warming up in the cooler months, enjoying visits from four cuddly orphaned kittens.
06 June 2022
Local art steals the show at Bongaree
Move over the Archibalds, residents at Bolton Clarkes Bongaree Retirement Village recently hosted their inaugural wine and cheese Art Auction.
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03 June 2022
Outside the box care makes all the difference
Husband and wife Estelle and Ali have been clients of Bolton Clarke’s At Home Support program for three years. They started services after it became too difficult for Estelle to attend appointments for complex health issues without additional support.
03 June 2022
Market fare, home-made goods at Rowes Bay Market Day
Local craft, plants and goods will be on sale when Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay Retirement Village at Townsville opens its doors for its annual Market Day on Saturday, 11 June.
24 May 2022
Resident history front and centre at Fairview
On Tuesday 17th May 2022, residents from the Fairview Retirement Village came together to celebrate the launch of their Fairview History Booklet.
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22 May 2022
A place to settle down at Carrington
Helen competed in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics representing Australia in long jump, high jump and pentathlon. Her Mum, the famous Ruth Frith, holds the title as the oldest active athlete, competing in the Australian Masters Games until she was 100.
20 May 2022
Social Connection has big impact at Queensland Volunteering Awards
Bolton Clarke’s focus on social connection has been recognised with the Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s ‘HOW-R-U?’ volunteer telephone peer support program taking out the Volunteering Impact award at today’s 2022 Queensland Volunteering Awards.
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18 May 2022
Volunteering an unexpected joy for Holly
Bolton Clarke volunteer, Holly, started volunteering at Rowes Bay in July 2020. She was looking for a new opportunity and instead says she found ‘great and unexpected joy’!
15 May 2022
Lynelle is the Angel of Baycrest
After flooding devastated their cattle property north of Bundaberg in 2013, Lynelle and her husband Noel were looking for a safe place to settle down.
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10 May 2022
Series focuses on food and nutrition
The Altura Learning team has worked with the Maggie Beer Foundation to develop and launch a world first online training resource for aged care chefs.
10 May 2022
Nursing a lifetime passion for Christine
On International Nurses Day (12 May) Bolton Clarke teams will celebrate the work of our nurses and carers and the difference they make every day for clients and communities around Australia.
09 May 2022
New partnership to deliver evidence-based nursing in aged care
Bolton Clarke and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are finding new ways to strengthen evidence-based nursing practice in aged care with the announcement of an innovative conjoint research position.
04 May 2022
Lights, Camera, Cazna Gardens
Cazna Gardens Retirement Village resident Bob is no stranger to the limelight – as well as working for the Air Force and as a nurse he has worked for a band and in the movie industry.
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03 May 2022
Children are the secret to longevity for Ellen, 105
Mother’s Day is always a cause for celebration for 105-year-old Bolton Point local Ellen Power. Known as her family’s ‘blessed matriarch’ – with nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren -Ellen says family is the most important thing to her, as it should be to everybody.
01 May 2022
Sun, sand and long walks on the beach!
Trading in the suburbs for the sea means retirement has never looked so good for Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Mel.
27 April 2022
Dancing on the tables at 100 years old!
“It’s my birthday! I’m 100, come and help me celebrate and we’ll dance on the tables,” - that’s what Peggy Guinea’s invitation to her 100th birthday celebration stated. The Milford Grange resident had a birthday to remember, with neighbours from the co-located retirement community where she lived for eight years coming to join her friends from the residential aged care, along with family, staff and volunteers.
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22 April 2022
Honouring the service of our Veterans
Anzac Day is widely known as a national day of remembrance for those who have served our country. At Bolton Clarke, we have a rich history steeped in honouring the service of our Veterans. We have the privilege to know many who now call one of our community’s home.
21 April 2022
Itchy Feet Lead Margaret to Neverland
Margaret Black and J.M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, have one little thing in common. They were both born in Scotland, five miles from Dundee, in the ‘wee red toon’ called Kirriemuir. Coming from a long-living lineage, the Bolton Clarke At Home Support client truly embodies the spirit of never growing old, as she celebrated her 103rd birthday in April.
17 April 2022
Friends are the family you choose at Inverpine
While it was family that first brought Elaine to the Inverpine Retirement Village at Murrumba Downs, it is the friends she has made that have made it home.
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10 April 2022
Village atmosphere brings John and Linda home
John and his wife Linda moved into Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores Retirement Village almost seven years ago. When they did, they were pleased to find the proper village atmosphere they were both used to.
07 April 2022
Easter gifts that give back
Easter has come early for Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens residents this month, with a special visit from year 12 students in the St Vincent de Paul group at St Thomas More College.
03 April 2022
Carmen and Zorro give back to Fernhill
Looking for a place with a small town feel and a bustling main street, as well as somewhere with access to transport and health facilities, Carmen and her husband Peter found everything they needed at the Fernhill Retirement Village.
29 March 2022
There’s something in the air at Breezes
When Sharon and her husband Charlie decided to sell their family house and move to Bolton Clarke Breezes retirement village, they did not expect to feel at home so quickly.
27 March 2022
An unexpected connection welcomes Janise home
When Janise moved to the Bolton Clarke Bongaree retirement village, she didn’t immediately recognise the connection that had brought her to her new home.
22 March 2022
100 reasons to celebrate for local Centenarian
She has travelled the world but Cairns has always been home for Bolton Clarke Farnorha residential aged care’s newest centenarian Audrey, who holds a lot of fond memories and treasured history in the Far North.
20 March 2022
Walking works wonders at Tantula Rise
Exploring is in Eric’s blood. So when he moved into Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village almost two years ago, one of the first things he did was strap on his walking shoes and set out to see the local community.
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16 March 2022
Cyndy’s unexpected feline lifeline
When Cyndy moved into Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven Retirement Village in Toowoomba she found an unexpected new friend.
08 March 2022
Lifestyle has never been better at Galleon Gardens
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens Diversional Therapy team leader Gwen Bonney has earned national recognition, being named 2021 Lifestyle/Activities Individual of the Year in SoupedUp’s Hospitality & Lifestyle Aged Care Awards.
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07 March 2022
History Of Pioneering Queensland Nurse Unearthed
A photograph album belonging to New Farm WWI nurse and Queensland’s first female dentist Sister Martha Burns has been found among archival records at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill residential aged care community at Caboolture.
28 February 2022
Face to face programs return
Members of the Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association were overjoyed to welcome Bolton Clarke’s Be Healthy and Active program back for face-to-face sessions last month after a two-year hiatus.
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21 February 2022
Report helps retirees understand downsizing options
Retirees thinking about a move to a Bolton Clarke Village now have access to a free affordability report, created through software developed by Aged Care Gurus.
18 February 2022
Bolton Clarke joins national collaboration to end loneliness
Leading health and aged care provider Bolton Clarke is partnering with Ending Loneliness Together to tackle one of the nation’s biggest health challenges, loneliness.
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18 February 2022
Inverpine turns silver to mark quarter century
This week residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine Residential Aged Care community joined staff, volunteers and friends to celebrate 25 years since its grand opening.
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14 February 2022
Isolation no match for a love connection
After 69 years of marriage, even a pandemic can’t keep Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens residents Jim and Mavis Laundon apart. When Mavis became unwell and needed to isolate in a separate room from Jim, the team at Cazna Gardens brought in a 21st century solution to keep the lovebirds together.
11 February 2022
Community a lifetime connection for local Centenarian
Community is key for Townsville local Minna Ede, who this week celebrated her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay. The Centenarian has lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and now a pandemic. Despite the adversity, she says the secret to living a long life is to find happiness in the people around you.
31 January 2022
BCRI Symposium 2022: Social Connection
Research shows social connection is central to health and wellbeing – it’s a truth that has become even more evident as whole communities grapple with isolation the COVID-19 pandemic.
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14 December 2021
100-year-old enjoys fruits of his labour
It has been a life well lived for 100-year-old Bolton Clarke Darlington resident Bert Barker. As he celebrates his very special milestone, the Banora Point local is sharing his wisdom with the community.
09 December 2021
Aged care options expand in Willowdale community
Residents and dignitaries this week marked the commencement of work on the region’s newest residential aged care community, Bolton Clarke Willowdale, on land adjoining the Stockland Willowdale Retirement Village.
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06 December 2021
Good Samaritan Fund Changes Lives
For Bolton Clarke At Home Support client Norma, the kindness of community has been life-changing over the past year.
06 December 2021
Aged care cultural food wins international award
Bolton Clarke Cabrini’s A Taste of Home cultural food initiative has won Innovation of the Year – Food and Nutrition at the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, announced in Singapore on Friday (3 December).
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01 December 2021
Marking World AIDS Day
As we navigate into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic Bolton Clarke teams are marking the ongoing impact of another virus – HIV – this World AIDS Day (December 1).
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01 December 2021
Local Men’s Shed lend a hand
Membership of the Cleveland Uniting Church Men’s Shed is almost rite of passage for many residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores Retirement Village.
30 November 2021
Electric vehicle share service delivers retirement living first
Bolton Clarke has become the first retirement village operator to sign with electric vehicle start-up Ohmie GO to provide an e-mobility solution for residents.
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29 November 2021
Empowerment, connection underpin Volunteer’s work
Jason left the United Kingdom in October 2018, and after travelling through the Middle East and Asia had planned to spend a year in sunny Australia. Luckily for the Bolton Clarke community, he ended up staying a lot longer!
23 November 2021
Love is all you need
Bolton Clarke Chelsea Retirement Village resident Grace Alexander’s story is literally part of the fabric of the Wide Bay community.
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22 November 2021
Research Institute's 20 years of making a difference
Bolton Clarke Research Institute has marked its 20th year informing national and international policy and practice around health and ageing with the release of its 2021 Report.
10 November 2021
Ex-RAAF Reservists solve 40-year-old plane wreck mystery
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Retirement Village resident Bruce has always had a special interest in military aircrafts. As an ex-reservist in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and a Townsville local, he has spent a lifetime researching and studying crash sites in the local area.
08 November 2021
RAAF Veteran exchanges flying high for a seascape
RAAF Veteran Dennis Olsen OAM has an impressive 42-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). He has been living at Bolton Clarke Tantula Rise since the retirement community opened 14 years ago.
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08 November 2021
Small conversation unearths history of service
Recently, Bolton Clarke’s Fairways retirement community in Bundaberg held a poignant celebration to honour Veterans. In attendance was Greg Johannesen who was presented with a moving tribute to his late Father.
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19 October 2021
Intergenerational storytelling increases social connections
Residents in Bolton Clarke’s aged care communities are sharing their stories in new ways through a research-based Life Stories program that is connecting residents with their memories and building bonds with their neighbours, carers and student volunteers.
15 October 2021
Carers co-design new dementia care approach
To find new ways of supporting family caregivers, Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Mind the Gap! Project is working with people living with dementia and their carers to co-design a new approach to care.
11 October 2021
Marianne’s been spreading colour for 80 years
Bolton Clarke Glendale residential aged care resident Marianne Garland, has been spreading joy around the world with her colourful knitted creations for more than 80 years.
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08 October 2021
Program helps homeless navigate pandemic support
Throughout the pandemic Homeless Persons Program team has been working to find new ways of supporting people sleeping rough or in insecure housing and those experiencing physical, mental and psychological health issues.
07 October 2021
Dementia innovation given a nod at Future of Ageing Awards
The world first use of digital wallpaper in Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens Memory Support Unit on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been shortlisted as a finalist in 2021 Future of Ageing Awards – Dementia Care category.
05 October 2021
Friendship that stands the test of time
Marie Brady and Olive Pugh first met in 1944, nearly 80 years ago. In the years since, they served during World War II, married their respective husbands, had children and still manage to meet up for a cup of tea every now and then!
23 September 2021
Tool supports choice for people with dementia
A new conversation tool designed to help people with dementia navigate risk and exercise greater choice will be rolled out across Bolton Clarke home care services over coming weeks.
23 September 2021
Robotic companions changing lives of dementia residents
Bolton Clarke Fernhill residents with dementia have welcomed some new family members with the arrival of 10 robotic companion pets funded under Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Local Community Support Grant.
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17 September 2021
75 Years of Fun, Adventure and Love
Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens residential aged care residents Harry and Helen Christian have been soulmates for three-quarters of a century. Recently, they celebrated 75 years of marriage amongst friends and family at their home in Currumbin Waters.
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19 September 2021
Residents flourish in Toowoomba’s Grand Central Floral Parade
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven community, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has always been one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year.
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10 September 2021
Fairways a family in more ways than one for Marilyn
When family and friends arrive at Bolton Clarke’s Fairways community at Bundaberg, it’s no wonder the face that greets them at the door is familiar. Over the past 20 years Marilyn has become an integral part of the Fairways family.
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10 September 2021
Olive 'humbled' by Quilt of Valour presentation
Bolton Clarke Milford Grange residential aged care resident Olive Pugh has always treasured warm memories of her time in the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAF) during World War II. Now those memories have been transformed into a Quilt of Valour.
01 September 2021
Creating better outcomes for veterans with dementia
Bolton Clarke Research Institute’s Weaving Evidence into Action for Veterans with dementia (WEAVE) project – underway at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters - has now earned international recognition, named as a finalist in the 9th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards Best Dementia Research category.
27 August 2021
Farm day brings joy at Fernhill
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community enjoyed a close encounter with farm animals including pigs, goats and chickens at the community’s Farm Day this week.
11 August 2021
Simple steps can reduce risk of chronic wounds
Caring for your skin as it gets older can help reduce the risk of chronic wounds that cause physical, emotional and financial burdens.
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09 August 2021
Bolton Clarke retirement villages earn full ARVAS accreditation
Bolton Clarke’s 24 retirement villages are among the first in Australia to be awarded Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme (ARVAS) accreditation.
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26 September 2021
Teaching takes Sally from fashion to ‘Frise
Former fashion teacher and Bolton Clarke Breezes retirement village resident Sally James has taken on a new student in her retirement - a nine-month-old Bichon Frise puppy, Keisha – and the pair are teaching each other some new tricks.
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19 September 2021
Rowes Bay sisters heed adventure’s call
For sisters and Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay retirement village residents Margie Scorse and Lynne Clancy there’s no place like home – but that hasn’t stopped them answering the call of adventure to explore Australia in style.
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12 September 2021
Downsizing creates connections for Jan
When Jan Tilley decided to downsize to Bolton Clarke’s Carrington retirement village at Parkinson, she didn’t expect to uncover so many connections to community and creativity.
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05 September 2021
Baycrest a perfect fit for family retirement
Finding family retiring under one roof might be unusual, but for Baycrest retirement village residents Liz and Craig Winnington and Liz’s brother Lindsay Clarke, it’s the perfect fit.
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29 August 2021
Lynda comes home to Fernhill
When Lynda McKewan moved to Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village at Caboolture, she didn’t first appreciate what a homecoming it would be.
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22 August 2021
At Inverpine, new friends are just around the corner
Jan Dale and Christine Magee are proving that at any age, new friendships can be just around the corner.
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15 August 2021
World traveller finds new community at Cazna Gardens
Frank Flynn has lived his life in pursuit of his two passions, travel and languages.  Now he’s discovering a passion for staying home in his new community at Bolton Clarke’s Cazna Gardens retirement village.
22 July 2021
Partnering with carers for better dementia outcomes
Bolton Clarke Research Institute is working with Flinders Caring Futures Institute on a new program to improve quality of life and health for informal carers and people living with dementia by equipping them with skills, knowledge and access to support.
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25 July 2021
Moreton Shores magical music winds back clock
Brian and Kathy Thomas say the move to Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village at Thornlands has helped them wind back the clock.
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01 August 2021
From mountain home to garden village, Dorothy shares her love of community
Community has been an important focus of life for Dorothy Sherratt since her years lived in rugged and icy conditions in the Snowy Mountains during the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.
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08 August 2021
School friends become neighbours at Tantula Rise
When Carmel McLellan and her husband Ken moved into Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands in May, the last thing Carmel expected was to run into her old school chum
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18 July 2021
Downsizing’s the new lease on life for Lynette
When Lynette Phillips moved from Victoria to Bolton Clarke’s Bongaree retirement village on Bribie Island, she wasn’t expecting to be quite so elated with her choice.
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16 July 2021
Farnorha residents relive trackside memories
Spending the day at the races is always full of fun, but for Bolton Clarke Farnorha aged care residents Ray Anderson and Lola Nolan, being back at the Cairns track this week brought back happy memories – as well as providing an opportunity to make new ones.
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15 July 2021
A home for happy ever after
Bob Crothers and Annette Young have a lot they’re thankful for. In the past two years they’ve rekindled their romance after 54 years apart and found their forever home to spend time in together at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest retirement village in Hervey Bay.
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12 July 2021
Rowes Bay residents explore indigenous art and food
Residents at Rowes Bay residential aged care community have celebrated Australia’s indigenous heritage last week as part of NAIDOC Week commemorations.
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08 July 2021
Painting helps Bernard colour his world
For local indigenous artist Bernard Boyter, NAIDOC Week is an important time to celebrate his aboriginal heritage, educate others and share his passion for painting and culture.
06 July 2021
Imaging offers early alert for chronic wound care
New research from Bolton Clarke and RMIT shows thermal imaging techniques can predict whether a wound needs extra management, offering an early alert system to improve chronic wound care.
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05 July 2021
Rowes Bay says ‘cheers’ to 30 years
Residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village have gathered to say cheers to 30 years of Rowes Bay with a special luncheon and a market day for the whole community.
16 June 2021
Social prescribing pilot tackles loneliness epidemic
Bolton Clarke Research Institute will lead a four-year pilot project aimed at reducing social isolation, loneliness and depressive symptoms and preventing unnecessary hospitalisation in older people in Melbourne after receiving funding through The Ian Potter Foundation.
15 June 2021
HIV/AIDS nursing honoured
Bolton Clarke HIV Clinical Nurse Practitioner Dr Liz Crock has been made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
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31 May 2021
Joy for Fairview residents is child’s play
For the residents of Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care community, hearing the laughter of children in the hallways is music to their ears.
11 May 2021
Nursing care gives Gertie hope
For home nursing client Gertie, a visit from Bolton Clarke’s wound care nurses changed her life. This International Nurses Day we celebrate the difference our nurses make for people like Gertie every day.
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23 April 2021
Father of the fleet recalls his time in Montebello, and eating breakfast with Prince Philip
Seventy years after he was given 12 months to live after being exposed to nuclear fall-out from atomic tests, Lieutenant Commander Gordon James is proud he will be walking to lay an ANZAC wreath at his Bolton Clarke, Pinjarra Hills community this week.
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12 April 2021
Publishing powerhouse: retirees Jack and Elaine pen their memoirs
Jack and Elaine Walter know the value of a good book, and the importance of preserving memories for generations to come. The husband-and-wife retirees have just closed the latest chapter of their own personal publishing journey – their memoirs.
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09 April 2021
Community garden gets the (green) thumbs up
The community garden at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village has been transformed over recent months courtesy of village resident and green thumb Neil Jensen.
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05 April 2021
Flexibility and friendliness a winning combination
Since moving to Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village in Toowoomba six months ago, Rex and Desley have taken to their new lifestyle like ducks to water.
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31 March 2021
Seniors get active ahead of No Falls Month
Seniors from Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village in Alexandra Headlands have been getting active in a weekly exercise class designed to support balance, agility, and overall fitness.
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29 March 2021
Downsizing’s the ‘goldilocks’ move for Robert and Dianne
Downsizing from their family home on a large block was the ‘goldilocks’ move for Robert and Dianne Fraser, who moved to Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine retirement village one year ago.
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26 March 2021
‘HOW-R-U?’ calls keep Alma connected on Neighbour Day
For Alma, living by herself can make it challenging to stay in touch with the world but this Neighbour Day, 28 March, she’ll be looking forward to her next phone call.
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26 March 2021
Dot's birthday worth a century’s wait
Dorothy ‘Dot’ Burgess couldn’t wait to turn 100. In fact, she’s been waiting with such anticipation that she couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived.
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22 March 2021
Extreme weather update
With the current extreme weather conditions in NSW and parts of south-east Queensland our at home support teams will continue delivering essential services only in flood-affected areas.
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21 March 2021
New year, new home for Ian and Sandra
What better way to start the new year than with a new home? That’s what Ian and Sandra Heslehurst did when they made the move to downsize from their quarter acre at Sunnybank to Bolton Clarke’s Carrington retirement village in Parkinson in January.
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19 March 2021
Judy’s got peace of mind
For Bolton Clarke Cazna Gardens, Sunnybank Hills resident Judy Jones, the decision to move from her Runcorn home to her village unit was made the minute she walked through the door.
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15 March 2021
Village life a haven for Ellen
Ellen Campbell knows well the value of having a haven to call home. Growing up in Germany during WWII, it was her mother who shielded her and her siblings and kept them safe. For the past eight years, her home and haven has been Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village in Caboolture.
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12 March 2021
World traveller salutes her 100th birthday with a cup of gin
Dandenong woman Irene Lyall will celebrate 100 years of travelling the world this week – and she’ll be marking the occasion with a teacup filled with gin.
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12 March 2021
Aged care gardening joy grows to entrepreneurship
The residents of Bolton Clarke’s Fairways residential aged care community know well the joy of tending to a garden. Their twice-monthly Green Thumb Gardening Club has drawn a wonderful crowd of plant enthusiast - and it’s not just the garden that’s growing, but the friendships among club members.
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08 March 2021
Village life’s the cup of tea for Helen and Pauline
It’s clear that mother and daughter Pauline Pavlich and Helen Howarth share a close bond. But not only are they close at heart, but close to hand too, both living in their own units at Bolton Clarke’s Breezes retirement village in Mackay.
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03 March 2021
Camille harnesses art’s healing power
Camille Christensen knows all about the healing power of art. After two strokes, the Roma born 81-year-old says her painting has helped her through many tough times, including the past year.
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28 February 2021
The best of both worlds for Margaret and John
For Margaret and John Hetherington, moving to Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village has given them a lifestyle with the best of both worlds.
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22 February 2021
Marriage harmony: aged care couple renew their vows in Valentine’s ceremony
Clifford and Shirlie Canhan know what it takes to make a marriage last a lifetime. The happy pair said their secret – and advice to others, is about keeping the peace and harmony.
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11 February 2021
17 again: love renews this Valentine’s Day
Bob Crothers and Annette Young have plenty of reasons to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Two years ago, the high school sweethearts reunited after 54 years apart. Last year, they bought a home together at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest retirement village in Hervey Bay. This year, they plan to get married.
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05 February 2021
Mildred’s marvellous centenary of surprises
For Mildred Goldsmith, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 16 January, life has been marvellous – and full of surprises.
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05 February 2021
Free health and wellbeing sessions help Sunshine Coast seniors stay active and independent
Sunshine Coast seniors are getting healthy and active with the commencement of a new wellbeing program at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village in Alexandra Headlands.
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13 January 2021
Compassionate Heather shares marathon memoirs
Bolton Clarke Moreton Shores retirement village’s newest author, Heather Coombes, possesses a remarkable resilience, generous spirit and a compassionate heart. They are qualities that shine through in her 2016 book, Marathon Wheeler - a memoir of her life born with cerebral palsy, finding her purpose and pursuing her passions of writing, librarianship and ministry.
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10 January 2021
The right move at the right time
David and Elaine Sollars are grateful to have found their haven when they moved to Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest retirement village in February of last year.
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07 January 2021
Moments decision brings marvellous life
For Kathy and Gene Rosenblatt, a whirlwind decision five years ago led to new friendships and the comfort of safety and security in their home at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village in Caboolture.
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05 January 2021
Home sweet home, sweet home, sweet home
Bribie Island locals David and Pamela Aitchison, Roy Sycamore and Margaret Lambert each live at Bolton Clarke’s Bongaree retirement village – but this is not the first time they’ve shared a home, each having lived in the same house around the corner on Norman Street.
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03 January 2021
Water aerobics keeps retirees moving
The ladies of Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village in Harristown know how to keep fit – and have plenty of fun while doing so. During the warmer months, resident Edith Oxenham leads a group of eight regular attendees in twice-weekly water aerobics.
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29 December 2020
Desley’s lifelong blue crush
Desley Williams has lived her life in the water swimming rivers, channels and beaches all over the world. Her life-long blue crush has taken her from her hometown of Mackay to the Gold Coast, Victoria and overseas to England and Italy between 1967 to 1982.
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27 December 2020
Retirees beat the heat with water aerobics
With the arrival of summer, residents living at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands have found a way to beat the heat – and keep fit at the same time with weekly water aerobics classes.
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17 December 2020
Dennis trades trains for toys becoming Santa’s latest elf
The art of hand chiseling wooden toys isn’t very common nowadays, but Bolton Clarke Westhaven, Toowoomba retirement village resident Dennis Law is doing his bit to keep craftsmanship alive this Christmas.
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16 December 2020
Santa’s Christmas Alf(ie)
When Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial, Caloundra aged care resident Bert Kennelly dressed as “Santa Senior” at his 101st birthday celebrations this month, he didn’t know he would be accompanied by his own Christmas Alf(ie).
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14 December 2020
Crosby a sweet Christmas memory for Irene
Bing Crosby’s White Christmas may be one of the most popular songs of all time – particularly at this time of year – Bolton Clarke at home support client Irene Gates it has special significance.
13 December 2020
Mobility aid training important for people with dementia
The role of health care professionals such as physiotherapists in prescribing mobility aids for people with dementia and training them in their use should be strengthened, a Canadian-Australian study has found.
09 December 2020
New artwork to link site with vibrant local heritage
A new public artwork reflecting the indigenous and European history of the Port Phillip region will be a feature of the Europa on Alma vertical retirement village development now under construction at Alma Rd, St Kilda.
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07 December 2020
Helen celebrates her 101st birthday with sweetheart Harry
Helen Christians’ exact birthdate is a mystery. She was born at home in Belfast, Ireland at the end of 1919 but by the time her father went down to register the birth a few days had passed, and the real date has been lost over time.
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03 December 2020
Jason's achieving goals
For New Zealand client Jason, who has a brain injury, staying in touch with his Community Facilitator Seb has helped him stay connected this year, even during COVID-19 lockdowns. December3 is International Day of People with Disability.
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02 December 2020
Cabrini aged care residents celebrate festival of lights
Aged care residents at Bolton Clarke’s Cabrini aged care community at Westmead recently celebrated Diwali, the five-day festival of lights.
30 November 2020
World AIDS Day: Now more than ever
For people living with HIV, World AIDS Day on 1 December will mark the end of a particularly difficult year. This year’s theme, “Now more than ever”, rings true for Bolton Clarke HIV team Nurse Practitioner Liz Crock.
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30 November 2020
Digital solution awarded for enabling independence
Bolton Clarke’s InTouch digital independence solution has won Best Solution to Support Ageing in Place at the 8th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards, announced in Singapore this week.
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09 November 2020
The sisterhood of the time-travelling purse
When Jean Rea purchased a silver purse ahead of attending the 1982 Commonwealth Games State Reception, she had no idea the item would still be bringing her joy 38 years later. But joy it delivered when the vintage purse was used by Jean’s great-granddaughter Joanna for her high school formal earlier this year.
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06 November 2020
Tough cookie celebrates centenary
One week after moving into Bolton Clarke’s brand new state-of-the-art residential aged care building at Fernhill community in Caboolture, Edna Anna Curr celebrated another significant milestone - her 100th birthday.
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05 November 2020
The queen in lime green: Thelma celebrates 100 years
When seated near to Thelma Young at her 100th birthday party at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange aged care community, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been seated next to the Queen herself.
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03 November 2020
Spring carnival revives memories for ex-jockey Brian
Bolton Clarke at home support client Brian Gilders won the 1970 Caulfield Cup and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the four-year old stallion Beer Street, even meeting Her Majesty after the latter.
20 October 2020
Fishing to flying - Doreen's extraordinary life story
19 Oct 2020 She may have been Queen of Brunswick Heads and the youngest licensed female pilot in NSW, but the 3.6kg flathead she caught when she was nine years old is still one of Doreen McDonald’s enduring memories.
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14 October 2020
Puppy-power: aged care residents judge fur-tastic talent
The pup-arazzi were out in force at Bolton Clarke’s Glendale residential aged care community in Mt Louisa as residents, their families and employees came together to celebrate man’s best friend at Glendale’s first dog show.
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13 October 2020
Wholesome food the spice of life
A love of food and country atmosphere are two things Cynthia Press shares with many of her fellow residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village.
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12 October 2020
Tai chi the key to health and happiness for Bill
While meditation practice and yoga have become trendy among the younger generation, Bill Sanders and the seniors he instructs in tai chi twice weekly are living proof that you don’t need to be a young social media influencer to take up the practice and reap the mindful benefits.
31 December 2020
Water smart smiles for retirement village residents
Residents of Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay retirement village in Townsville have been the happy recipients of some water smart products from Townsville City Council. The roll out has been a great success, putting smiles on residents’ faces and encouraging physical activity in the gardens, proving that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side.
29 September 2020
Project supports veterans with dementia
29 September 2020: A new project at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens residential aged care community is set to introduce a program of new interventions supporting veterans with dementia.
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18 September 2020
Crafting clay creations brings content for retirement village residents
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine retirement village at Murrumba Downs have been keeping busy and taking the lead from their grandchildren to produce some extraordinary clay modelling artworks during the coronavirus pandemic.
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17 September 2020
Fernhill’s nursing history lives on through tribute to the ‘angel of aged care’
When Bolton Clarke Fernhill opens in just a few weeks’ time, visitors and residents may recognise some of the names given to key areas of the new state-of-the-art residential aged care community building. Among them, the name of Matron Gwenda Shaw, who was an aged care nurse for 30 years, spending 18 of them working at Fernhill. She was often referred to as ‘Caboolture’s Florence Nightingale,’ the ‘angel of aged care.’
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11 September 2020
Collaborative effort brings masks to Melbourne’s homeless
At first glimpse it might be hard to see what a retirement village resident from Queensland’s central coast has in common with someone living rough in Melbourne. The clue is in the face mask.
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11 September 2020
Disney dreams come true for aged care residents
Overseas travel restrictions have been no barrier to fun for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Galleon Gardens aged care community in Currumbin Waters, who recently enjoyed a magical trip to Disneyland from the comfort of home.
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10 September 2020
Terrific trolley delivers Father’s Day fun for aged care residents
The residents at Bolton Clarke’s Fairview aged care community at Pinjarra Hills enjoyed a special cart on Father’s Day, designed to deliver a trolley full of memories for dads and their families spending the special occasion apart due to the coronavirus.
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04 September 2020
Keys to the kingdom: new Fernhill opening soon
The keys to Bolton Clarke’s new Fernhill residential aged care building have been handed over in an exciting milestone marking the one-month countdown to the building’s opening in October.
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04 September 2020
Cathartic bonfires brought joy at war’s end
On the anniversary of the 75th Commemoration of the end of WWII, Bolton Clarke At Home Support client and Nerang local Rex Gillham, 90 can still clearly recall the celebrations that occurred in 1945 - from VE Day in May through to the signing of formal surrender documents on 2 September.
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28 August 2020
Double century celebrations for Townsville couple
Reaching a century is always cause for celebration but husband and wife centenarians Max and Lorna have double the reason to celebrate in coming weeks. Max turned 100 on 28 August, with Lorna’s birthday close behind on 21 September.
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19 August 2020
One hundred reasons to smile at Centaur’s Seniors Week celebration
Four Sunshine Coast centenarians have been honoured today at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial residential aged care community in Caloundra with a special morning tea to celebrate their life achievements this Seniors Week.
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19 August 2020
Research to help treatment of venous leg wounds
New research being undertaken by Bolton Clarke and RMIT University seeks to improve outcomes for people with venous leg ulcers, a major source of pain and disability in Australia.
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13 August 2020
Full circle: aged care residents and students join together for mango-nificent planting
For the residents at Fernhill aged care community, the mango tree that once stood at the front of their community garden was a joy to look at and to pick fruit from its branches. That’s why, when the opportunity arose to plant a new mango tree with students from St Columban’s College, Fernhill residents were tree-mendously excited.
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13 August 2020
‘Let’s Dig In’ aged care gardening team takes State gong
Bolton Clarke’s ‘Lets Dig In’ therapeutic gardening team are celebrating their win of Leading Aged Services Australia Awards for Excellence (Queensland Team category) announced on Aged Care Employee Day, Friday 7 August.
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13 August 2020
Excellence in Rowes Bay: aged care worker receives State award
Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay Diversional Therapist Chezz Thompson has been named best in the state, winning the Leading Aged Services Australia (QLD) Awards for Excellence for an Individual working in aged care.
31 July 2020
Update on Fairview, Pinjarra Hills
We are pleased to share that all residents and staff tested at Fairview yesterday returned negative results for COVID-19.
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30 July 2020
Jacaranda colouring competition brings students and seniors together
The jacaranda at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community in Caboolture is not only a treasured tree for residents but will feature in a colouring in competition for local primary schools in celebration of National Tree Day, 2nd August.
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16 July 2020
‘Add to cart’: Inverpine aged care residents enjoy their mini mart
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine aged care community in Murrumba Downs have been enjoying all the perks of a supermarket at their front door, thanks to an ingenious solution from Bolton Clarke Diversional Therapist Rekha Singh. The mini mart, which has been open for business since 2016, has increased in popularity and frequency while residents are socially distancing.
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30 June 2020
Fresh produce brings Sunset Ridge retirees together
Fresh produce from a bountiful vege patch has been a focus of friendship and community for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Sunset Ridge retirement village at Emu Park. Keen gardeners Geoff and Jenny Marquardt started the project and have now got other residents involved with new gardens underway, produce being shared and a herb patch in the offing.
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08 July 2020
Search is on for Fernhill’s ‘Old and Bold’ descendants
It may sound like a daytime soap opera, but the Old and the Bold radio broadcast, featuring some of the Fernhill aged care community’s first residents, was something far more unique. The 1947 live fundraising broadcast from a plane circling above Brisbane was quite a feat for the time and shows the community spirit that has been a constant throughout Fernhill’s history.
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07 July 2020
Café becomes retirees favourite watering ‘hole in the wall’
The “Hole in the Wall” café at Bolton Clarke’s Broadwater Gardens retirement village in Port Macquarie has become the caffeine-fueled antidote to social distancing challenges for resident retirees.
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04 July 2020
Macquarie View residents brewing up friendship
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View residential aged care community at lakeside Bolton Point, the ‘Bolton Old Boys Brewery’ provides exactly that opportunity - and their first brewing foray, non-alcoholic ginger beer, is proving to be a hit.
22 June 2020
Forging a different path
Bolton Clarke CEO Stephen Muggleton spoke with The Source last week about the future of aged care and the need for a national conversation around ageing in Australia.
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18 June 2020
All in the family at Moreton Shores
Pam Elder never envisioned that when it came time for her to retire, she would end up living in the same retirement village as her parents. But despite it seeming strange at first, Pam has called Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement village in Thornlands her home for the past nine years, living alongside parents Don and Joan Campbell, who made the move three years earlier.
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05 June 2020
‘Hello Nan and Pop’ activity pack keeps grandparents and grandkids connected
At times like this, the importance of keeping in touch with family and loved ones cannot be understated – particularly for older people. With social distancing, border closures and other protective measures preventing face-to-face contact, Bolton Clarke retirement village residents have turned to technology to keep the connections alive.
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05 June 2020
Retiree and ‘Mr Fix It’ Peter lends a helping hand
If ever there was a time to have a ‘Mr Fix It’ in your neighbourhood, now is that time. For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Carrington retirement village in Parkinson, that man is resident Peter Halstead. English-born retiree Peter, 76, is the village’s local good Samaritan, and has been providing an extra helping hand to support his neighbours while social distancing is in place.
05 June 2020
Water tower used for parachute practice in 1942 to be painted to honour ANZACS
The community votes are in, and the water tower out front of Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill community on King St, Caboolture - once used for Secret Intelligence Operatives to practice parachute jumping - is to be painted in honour of our ANZACS.
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02 June 2020
Mackay’s ‘happiness queen’ celebrates 100th birthday
You’d be forgiven for thinking Almira Argent is too good to be true, such is the level of joy, happiness and positivity she radiates ahead of her 100th birthday on Sunday 31 May. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” she says. “It’s lovely – I’m overexcited.”
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27 May 2020
Village residents travel the world through takeaway
With travel restrictions putting a temporary hold on physical travel, residents at Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise community at Alexandra Headlands are giving their taste buds a weekly trip exploring world cuisine. Self-confessed nomad Therese Willey usually splits her time between her two homes. The first is Bolton Clarke’s Tantula Rise retirement village at Alexandra Headlands and the second – the open road.
25 May 2020
Project supports palliative care at home
Bolton Clarke is working with Eastern Melbourne PHN in a project to provide community-based support to enable people with life-limiting illnesses to remain at home and prevent unnecessary hospitalisation.. May 24-30, 2020 is National Palliative Care Week.
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21 May 2020
Retirees grow food and friendships in community garden
If empty shelves at gardening centres throughout South-East Queensland are anything to go by, the current social distancing conditions have created a surge of novice ‘green thumbs.’ But for residents at Bolton Clarke’s Westhaven retirement village at Toowoomba gardening is - and always has been - a way of life.
11 May 2020
Marking 100+ years of pandemic nursing
When the Spanish flu arrived in Melbourne after WWI the Melbourne District Nursing Service’s (now Bolton Clarke) 12 nurses were delivering services by bicycle as they cared for sick patients in the city’s poorest areas. On International Nurses Day this week, Bolton Clarke Executive General Manager At Home Support Deidre McGill said the organisation was still drawing on lessons learned 100 years ago in the current pandemic. Then as now, innovation was born from necessity.
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24 April 2020
ANZAC candles create community connections at Baycrest
For veterans and residents at Bolton Clarke Baycrest retirement village, ANZAC Day is an important time for reflection and community connection.  This year, residents will be Lighting Up the Dawn as they ‘stand to’ on their driveways with support from Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch and Paisley Park Childcare Centre staff, who have provided the residents with handmade candles to mark the commemoration.
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22 April 2020
Veteran Ralph Edwards shares 101 years of memories
For Bolton Clarke Milford Grange resident Ralph Edwards, ANZAC Day has added significance every year. Born in Roma, in central western Queensland, on 21 April 1919 during the final months of World War I, Ralph served Australia in World War II in the Citizens Military Forces and then the Australian Imperial Force, spending time in Labuan, Borneo working on 40,000-gallon prefabricated steel fuel tanks.
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02 April 2020
Checking the fence “post” - Fernhill residents and students go old school to keep in touch
It’s not the way most primary school students would post an update, but students at Caboolture State School have been sharing messages with residents at the neighbouring Bolton Clarke Fernhill residential aged care community by fence post.
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09 March 2020
Aged care residents just Poppin out to the Fraser Coast
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial residential aged care community in Caloundra know that a little adventure is the spoonful of sugar for a vibrant, healthy life. Recently they took their 21st overnight holiday, this time to coastal Hervey Bay and historic Maryborough.
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28 February 2020
Beryl’s birthday brings leap year longevity
As Beryl Drew will tell you, she’s much younger than you may think. In fact, this year will mark only the 24th time her birthday has rolled around since was born in Sydney on 29 February 1928. Of course, that hasn’t stopped her celebrating every year for the past 92 years. In non-leap years she celebrates on the 1st March.
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28 February 2020
Understanding individual experience key to care
New Bolton Clarke Research Institute research on older people’s experience of diversity in aged care shows the best care for older clients involves them being treated as individuals.
25 February 2020
Moreton Shores in running for international award
Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores residential aged care community at Thornlands has won international recognition after last week being named a finalist for Facility of the Year - Ageing in Place at the 8th Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards.
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11 February 2020
Carers to co-design new dementia respite approach
A new project funded under the Dementia Australia Research Foundation will work with people living with dementia and their carers to co-design a new approach to short-term residential respite care and transition into permanent care.
07 February 2020
Residents make their mark on Future Fernhill
Retirement village residents joined Bolton Clarke Chairman Pat McIntosh for a sneak preview of the view from the roof at the new Fernhill residential aged care building at a topping out ceremony marking laying of the final slab this week.
03 February 2020
HOW-R-U? project targets post-discharge social isolation
Bolton Clarke Research Institute (BCRI) will work with Melbourne’s Northern Hospital and volunteer organisation Friends for Good to roll out a peer support program aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness for older people discharged from hospital.
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31 January 2020
Milestone project marks first step into senior living in Victoria
Bolton Clarke has marked an important new milestone with the official start of work on its first Victorian retirement living community, Europa on Alma at St Kilda.
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24 January 2020
From sowing to stir fry – aged care residents dig in to gardening project
One of life’s great pleasures is enjoying a meal made from food you’ve grown in your own garden. It’s a pleasure keen gardeners at Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community celebrated this week after a bumper vegetable harvest from their raised community gardens.
25 January 2020
Residents enjoy Bolton Clarke’s Australia Day ‘big bash’ community cricket
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Milford Grange community at Ipswich were on a good wicket this Australia Day long weekend when the inaugural Bolton Clarke ‘big bash’ was hosted in their backyard.
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22 January 2020
Home care clients to co-design frailty interventions
A Melbourne research collaboration is bringing together frail hospital and home care clients and clinicians to improve health outcomes, overcome resistance to treatment and help build resilience.
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22 January 2020
New resource supports TGD elders
Bolton Clarke has contributed to a new resource developed as part of the Kinfolk Project supporting dignity and choice for trans and gender diverse elders in aged care.
10 December 2019
Customers partner to design, improve services
Bolton Clarke’s Melbourne-based community partnership group has celebrated its first anniversary, with a second group set to hold its first meeting on the Gold Coast this month.
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06 December 2019
QUT Living Lab to trial new technologies at Fernhill community
Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill residential aged care community at Caboolture will be the site for one of two Queensland-based “living labs” testing early commercial technologies to enhance energy efficiency and enable renewable solutions.
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06 December 2019
Centenarian Helen celebrates a life filled with love
Helen Christians was born in Ireland in December 1919 on a date that has remained a mystery - but that didn't stop celebrations for her 100th birthday at Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens.
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01 December 2019
Digital independence offering wins national award
Bolton Clarke has been named the inaugural Future of Ageing Awards winner in the Technology – Health and Wellbeing category for its digital independence offering.
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29 November 2019
Social butterfly Thelma sparkles at 103
The secret to a long and happy life? Gratitude, according to Inverpine resident Thelma Sprott, 103.
29 November 2019
U=U message central to addressing HIV stigma
More work still needs to be done to educate health care workers and families that when it comes to HIV, undetectable equals untransmissible (U=U), clinical experts say. U=U is a central message for World AIDS Day on 1 December.
18 November 2019
Rowes Bay community steps into the future
A 30-bed dementia wing built to best practice design will be part of a major redevelopment at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville.
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13 November 2019
Plastic poppies pay recycled respects
Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community and retirement village has commemorated Remembrance Day with a special service including poppies handmade by residents from recycled materials.
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06 November 2019
Elvis returns to resident delight
The King has returned, delighting residents with a special concert at Bolton Clarke Macquarie View aged care community in Bolton Point.
31 October 2019
Changing needs mean older women need more complex care at home
Women using home nursing services are older, less likely to have been born in Australia and have more complex medical needs than 10 years ago, a Melbourne research study has found.
31 October 2019
Promoting mental wellbeing for veterans and families
Supporting mental wellbeing for veterans and their families is the focus of the Veteran Family Mental Wellbeing Series, a free resource created by Bolton Clarke Group including Altura Learning that gives voice to the experience of veterans and their families, as well as researchers and clinical professionals.
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10 November 2019
Army carpenter Max builds his legacy from Sydney to Singapore
A career as an army tradesman sent Max Rostron across the world, from contributing to military base builds and humanitarian support in Singapore and Vietnam to helping construct Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House.
24 October 2019
Be Healthy and Active hits a milestone
Bolton Clarke’s Be Healthy and Active program welcomed its 20,000th participant at this week’s Healthy Brain Healthy Body session at Eltham Living and Learning Centre, Melbourne.
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23 October 2019
’56 pitcher Jack welcomes Olympic baseball’s return
News of baseball’s return to the Olympics in time for next year’s Tokyo Games has Banora Point resident Jack Knight remembering the day he took the pitch for Australia during the 1956 Olympic demonstration game in Melbourne.
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23 October 2019
Aged care residents can’t contain Carnival buzz
The sound of trumpets and big brass bands echoed over the lawn at Bolton Clarke’s Sunset Ridge, Zilzie aged care community when it hosted all the fun of the carnival.
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21 October 2019
Inverpine residents dig in to fresh produce
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine residential aged care community at Murrumba Downs are getting their hands dirty planting gardens with edible produce in a new therapeutic gardening program.
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18 October 2019
Encyclopedia Mary shares 100 years of memories
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mary Schultz is far younger than her 100 years. With a memory many would envy, a quick wit and broad knowledge of local history those who know her call her the walking encyclopedia.
18 October 2019
All the world's a stage for Winders resident Doug
For Bolton Clarke Winders retirement living resident Doug Williams, all the world’s a stage. Doug first trod the boards in Canberra in 1963 and more than 50 years later is still actively involved in local theatre.
15 October 2019
Co-design work will support better carer outcomes
Bolton Clarke is working with carers to co-design services and accommodation options that will allow people to age well and in place while ensuring carers have the support they need.
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14 October 2019
From Big Prawn to Byron Bay – aged care residents take a holiday
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, living in residential aged care doesn’t mean giving up on holidays. Residents set out on their second annual road trip last month, heading south to take in the sights, experiences and tastes of the Gold Coast, Ballina and Byron Bay.
04 October 2019
Bolton Clarke to partner on Shanghai projects
Bolton Clarke, one of Australia's most experienced not-for-profit aged care and senior living providers, has formalised a key joint venture agreement in China that will see the organisation partner on eight continuing care retirement communities serving one of the country’s largest population centres.
04 October 2019
Creative flair keeps Rod busy at Fairways
Born under the stairs during an air raid in Devon, Torquay was quite a way to enter the world and since then Bolton Clarke Fairways, Bundaberg resident Rod Hingston has had a few close calls.
04 October 2019
Local goods, live music at Breezes Market Day
Local craft, plants and produce will be on sale at 40 stalls when Bolton Clarke’s Breezes Retirement Village at Mackay opens its doors for its fourth annual Market Day and Open House on Saturday, 12 October.
03 October 2019
Enjoy a Tea and Tour at Rowes Bay
Find out more about beachside retirement living in Townsville, join us for a friendly cuppa and meet some of our residents every Thursday from 10am-12pm. No booking required.
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03 October 2019
Community feeling a joy for Rowes Bay retirees
Making the move to retirement living was a practical decision for Bolton Clarke Rowes Bay residents Leigh and Penny Douglas, but it’s the community lifestyle they have grown to love.
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26 September 2019
Toowoomba retirees remember parades past
Every Carnival of Flowers is memorable. But for Bolton Clarke Westhaven retirement village residents, who turned the village bus into a float for Saturday’s grand parade through Toowoomba, sharing the memories of carnivals past was just as important as creating new ones.
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23 September 2019
Aged care community rallies for drought support
Residents and team members at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest community at Hervey Bay have sent 120 slabs of bottled water to support families and aged care communities doing it tough in Stanthorpe.
20 September 2019
Kiribati High Commissioner visits Pioneers
I-Kiribati team members from Bolton Clarke’s Pioneers residential aged care community at Longreach have welcomed a visit from Australian High Commissioner in Kiribati Bruce Cowled.
09 September 2019
Retirement living residents cook up a storm
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View retirement community have been cooking up a storm every week as part of the Recipes for Life program.
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30 August 2019
Furry friends keep Ekka fever alive at Inverpine
The sights, sounds and tastes of the Ekka came to Bolton Clarke Inverpine at Murrumba Downs in August when residents, relatives and Bolton Clarke team members enjoyed the annual “Royal Inverpine Show.”
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30 August 2019
Rock and roll at the Fernhill show!
The Ekka may be over for another year, but all the fun of the show lives on at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village and aged care community, where residents, day therapy clients and Bolton Clarke team members have enjoyed the annual “Fernhill Community Show.”
20 August 2019
Celebrating bayside lifestyle at Moreton Shores
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores retirement living community came together this month for the community's 12th birthday celebrations and an over-90s afternoon tea in the community’s lakeside Bay Club.
13 August 2019
Long Tan memories still vivid for Farnorha resident Don
Bolton Clarke Farnorha resident Don ‘Jack’ Thomson, 84, was a special guest when the new movie Danger Close, about the Battle of Long Tan, opened in Cairns last week. But Don doesn’t need a movie to remember the events of that day – he was there, serving alongside Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, played in the movie by actor Travis Fimmel.
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01 August 2019
Homelessness can make you sick
Homelessness is enough to make you sick. Finding successful ways to engage with clients is the key to successful outreach, Bolton Clarke Homeless Persons Program’s Mary-Anne Rushford told the Social Justice in Nursing and Healthcare Conference in Melbourne on 30 July.
25 July 2019
Baycrest residents receive star ‘tweetment’
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest residential aged care community at Hervey Bay have been receiving the star ‘tweetment’ with monthly visits from some high-flying friends from Hervey Bay Animal Refuge.
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24 July 2019
Bringing latest aged care design to Lake Macquarie
A state-of-the art residential aged care development will go ahead at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View site at Bolton Point following Lake Macquarie City Council approval this week.
15 July 2019
Diabetes care trial supports optimum wellbeing at home
A first-of-its-kind research collaboration between Bolton Clarke Group and Austin Health is evaluating a new model of diabetes care to optimise diabetes management in the home and improve quality of life for older people.
12 July 2019
Research leading the way in wound care
Bolton Clarke is taking the lead in prevention and early identification of evidence-based wound care with new research using narrow band imaging to detect problems early.
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10 July 2019
Welcoming our newest Centenarian Club members in Brisbane
Nine Brisbane centenarians were honoured when Bolton Clarke hosted its second annual Centenarian Club morning tea at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday, 2 October.
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10 July 2019
Victorian centenarians kick up their heels
Five Melbourne centenarians joined in Bolton Clarke’s first Victorian Centenarian Club  celebration on 12 October, coinciding with the Victorian Seniors Festival.
10 July 2019
He’s been everywhere – Caloundra’s centenarian doctor recalls the path that led him to Australia
From a childhood in India to study in Edinburgh, Scotland and wartime service in south-east Asia and Africa, it’s taken 100 years for Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial resident Michael Innis to make his way to Caloundra.
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08 July 2019
For centenarian May, Beatles tour still seems like Yesterday
Last month, shortly after celebrating her 103rd birthday in May, Bolton Clarke at home support client May Lowe was recalling a very different anniversary.
17 June 2019
Care discussions need to take place sooner, research shows
PROVIDING greater opportunity for patients to have discussions around long-term health management before an acute event occurs could support better goals of care conversations in hospital, new research says.
17 June 2019
Share a laugh during World Continence Week
Bolton Clarke clients and residents will be encouraged to enjoy a good laugh during World Continence Week from 17-23 June.
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11 June 2019
Joy of play bridges the generation gap
An age gap of more than a century didn’t stop Bolton Clarke Fairview, Pinjarra Hills resident Kittie, 103, and 15-month old Harrison Kremmer from having lots of fun putting a puzzle together at the first meeting of the residential aged care community’s new intergenerational playgroup.
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05 June 2019
Wilma the robotic cat wows Winders residents
A realistic robotic therapy cat is the latest member of Bolton Clarke’s Winders Lodge residential aged care family at Banora Point.
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03 June 2019
Research ranks Bolton Clarke a design leader
Bolton Clarke has become the first Australian aged care provider to undergo benchmarking using a new Design Maturity Index which provides a basis for measuring the link between use of design and organisational success.
29 May 2019
Good wife, long life says centenarian Charles, 102
At 102, Bolton Clarke Baycrest, Hervey Bay resident Charles Roberts credits his long life to “a good woman”.
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27 May 2019
Paro has seal of approval from residents with dementia
Paro the robotic seal is making a real difference to improve quality of life for residents with dementia at Bolton Clarke’s Farnorha residential aged care community.
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27 May 2019
From coast to coast - aged care residents take a holiday
Age is no barrier to having fun - that’s the message that rang out loud and clear when residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast, hit the road for a holiday to the Gold Coast this week.
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27 May 2019
Virtual reality in aged care: the future is now
Bolton Clarke is expanding its work in the application of virtual reality technology into Residential Aged Care with a pilot that aims to improve resident experience and provide training opportunities for staff working with residents with dementia.
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27 May 2019
Library of Aged Care Things changing lives
An online platform that shares cleaned and safety-checked aged care equipment with people who need it is fighting the war on waste and changing the life of Bolton Clarke At Home Support clients.
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21 May 2019
Sue shines at LASA Qld awards
Sue Branchett from the Bolton Clarke Townsville At Home Support Services team has been recognised for her inspiring work in community nursing at the Queensland LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards.
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20 March 2019
Inverpine volunteer receives community honour
Bolton Clarke Inverpine volunteer Margaret Crosby has been awarded the Dickson Local Legend Award on Australia Day for her many years of community service as a volunteer with a number of charities and organisations.
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27 February 2019
Bolton Clarke awarded for wellness, reablement and innovation
Bolton Clarke has received recognition for its work in Wellness, Reablement and Innovation at the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards presented at the 2019 Tri-State Conference in Albury last night.
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20 May 2019
Innovation culture bears fruit
The latest in a series of innovations grounded in the relationships between frontline team members and customers were recognised this week with Bolton Clarke taking out the Innovation of the Year – Product and Innovation of the Year – Social Engagement Program categories at Ageing Asia’s 7th APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards.
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08 May 2019
Music, family and friendship still a joy for former teacher
For Margaret Upham, the recommendations of friends made it a very easy choice to move into our Fairview retirement community at Pinjarra Hills.
08 May 2019
Age no barrier for volunteer
Bolton Clarke volunteer Yvonne is a familiar face at our Tantula Rise residential community on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
07 March 2019
Creating Community Connections
Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” By that measure Bolton Clarke’s Cazna Gardens, at Sunnybank Hills in Brisbane, is on the path to greatness, as measured by the actions of residents like Patricia Toohey.
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21 March 2019
Creating compassionate communities a focus for social connection
Older people are meaningful members of society, and they want to be treated that way.
06 May 2019
Veteran Family Toolkit launched for Veteran Health Week
Bolton Clarke has a long history of supporting veterans and we have launched our Veteran Family Toolkit to align with Veteran’s Health Week 2018.
06 May 2019
Dorothy Receives Logan Citizen of the Year Award
Bolton Clarke At Home Support client Dorothy Murphy the founder of Palliative Aids for Logan Services has been named Logan’s Citizen of the Year 2019 for her dedication to volunteer work in community services.
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06 May 2019
Gold Coast seniors get active
Bolton Clarke residents and at home support clients on the Gold Coast  have come together again to celebrate fun, fitness and healthy competition at the annual HiJinx Games.
06 May 2019
Bolton Clarke Commemorates ANZAC Day
Bolton Clarke has commemorated ANZAC Day 2019 with veteran clients, residents and community members at services held around Australia.
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20 May 2019
Breaking Ground on new Fernhill aged care community
The Bolton Clarke Fernhill aged care community in Caboolture has celebrated a milestone with a Turning of the Sod ceremony to mark the end of demolition and the next stage of developments.
20 May 2019
Trishaw service brings joy of cycling to aged care residents
A global cycling movement aimed at giving aged care residents the chance to enjoy cycling in the outdoors and meet new people  has officially launched at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay community in Townsville this week, with residents Joyce Bradley (102) and Violet Dirksen (100) having the first ride.
03 May 2019
Music a delight for Winders’ self-taught pianist
Bolton Clarke Winders residential aged care resident James cannot read a note of music.
30 April 2019
Podcast series gives voice to ANZAC stories
Bolton Clarke clients and residents are sharing their stories with the world in a new free podcast series, In Conversation with Bolton Clarke. Season Two, which launched on 8 April, will roll out in the approach to Anzac Day with a focus on the veteran experience and particularly on the experience of women in the services in line with the 2019 Anzac Day theme, Australian Service Nursing.
15 March 2019
Digital Stories Support Diversity For Aged Care Clients, Teams
Peak partners including Aborigines Advancement League, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and Transgender Victoria joined Bolton Clarke teams to launch the organisation’s Digital Diversity Stories last week.
15 March 2019
Lakeside Opening Gathers Moreton Shores Community Together
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Moreton Shores Community in Thornlands recently celebrated the opening of The Terrace, the latest addition to the modern lakeside community building.
14 March 2019
Photo Technique Supports Better Wound Care Outcomes
A new technique for photographing wounds that could provide more information to support wound care in people with leg wounds is being investigated by the Bolton Clarke Research Institute (BCRI) in a project funded by Trajan Scientific and Medical.
14 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Wins Oscar For Catering Innovation
Bolton Clarke has won Catering Innovation of the Year at the 2018 OSCAR Aged Care Hospitality Awardsin Melbourne for its work to improve the dining experience for people on texture modified diets.
14 March 2019
Integration Meets Needs For Homelessness, Hiv
An innovative integration between Bolton Clarke’s HIV and Homeless Persons Programshas created better outcomes for clients.
14 March 2019
Veteran Family Toolkit Launched For Veteran’s Health Week
Bolton Clarke has a long history of supporting veterans and we have launched our Veteran Family Toolkit to align withVeteran’s Health Week 2018.
14 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Awarded For Catering Innovation
Bolton Clarke has won further recognition for innovation in food services with a national award at The Hospitality and Lifestyle Aged Care Awards (HLACA), announced in Melbourne on 2 November
14 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Unveils World First In Dementia Design
Former Australian Olympic swim coach and Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters resident Don Talbot helped launch another world first this week when he cut the ribbon on the residential aged care community’s new dementia wing.
14 March 2019
Wearable Device Supports Early Intervention Against Loneliness
Bolton Clarke has won further recognition for aged care innovation, this time for wearable technology to tackle social isolation and loneliness.
14 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Village To Be Part Of Mixed-use Master Planned Precinct
Bolton Clarke, Australia’s largest independent not-for-profit provider of independent living, health and aged care services, has negotiated the purchase of a parcel of land in the Queen Street Village on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
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27 June 2022
Life story work builds connections at Fernhill
Local University students and Bolton Clarke Fernhill residents have created new connections working together to create posters of residents’ memories as part of Bolton Clarke’s Life Stories Program.