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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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’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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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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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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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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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 agree, “she’s as sharp as a tack – we call her the walking encyclopedia.” Mary recently celebrated her 100th birthday at Centaur Memorial.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.”
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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Age no barrier for volunteer
Bolton Clarke volunteer Yvonne is a familiar face at our Tantula Rise residential community on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
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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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Creating compassionate communities a focus for social connection
Older people are meaningful members of society, and they want to be treated that way.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Music a delight for Winders’ self-taught pianist
Bolton Clarke Winders residential aged care resident James cannot read a note of music.
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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.
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Reconnecting with art part of Judy's restorative care
Growing up in Bundaberg, Bolton Clarke at home support client Judy loved sketching anyone who offered to pose – and sometimes those who didn’t.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Integration Meets Needs For Homelessness, Hiv
An innovative integration between Bolton Clarke’s HIV and Homeless Persons Programshas created better outcomes for clients.
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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.
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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
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Program Offers Mental Health Coaching For New Gippsland Parents
New and expectant parents in Gippsland can benefit from a free mental health program launched this month to address perinatal depression and anxiety.
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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.
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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.
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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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Tantula Rise Tea and Tour
Find out more about retirement living at our Tantula Rise community on Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast. Join us for a friendly cuppa and meet some of our residents at our weekly Tea and Tour every Tuesday from 10am-12noon. No booking required.
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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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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.