23 Nov It’s what the care’s like that matters
Colleen participated in the ‘Strong, Steady, Safe’ exercise program that won Uniting a 2016 Better Practice Award. In today’s ‘Humans of Uniting’ post, Colleen shares the philosophy she lives by and life at Uniting Ronald Coleman Lodge in Woollahra.
“I’m a minimalist. I’m always looking around my room and wondering what I can get rid of next. I took up meditation forty years ago and I meditate for twenty minutes twice a day. Becoming a vegetarian seemed like a natural extension. At first the kitchen staff didn’t have much idea about catering for a vegetarian but now they’re much better.
My favourite thing about living here is the exercise classes. On Mondays and Thursdays we do strength and balance with the exercise physiologist in the wellness room and on Wednesdays we do Tai Chi. I’m a trained nurse and social worker so I know how important exercise is for physical or mental health.
As one of eight kids, it was my job to choose aged care for my five older sisters. I know a bit about aged care, so I was pretty critical when I was choosing where to live after my stroke.
What impressed me about this place was the ongoing training the team receives. It’s so lovely to see them developing their skills. I always tell people, ‘Don’t worry about what a place looks like. It’s what the care’s like that matters’.”