COVID-19: Protecting the Warrigal Community
- Monday, 16 March 2020 09:02
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving but we are actively monitoring the situation and following the advice from the Department of Health. We are determined to protect the whole Warrigal community including our residents, other customers, families, other visitors, and all our staff and volunteers.
Please note that we will continue to update this page, so please keep checking back in for updates.
To ensure we can communicate promptly with members of our community, please make sure we have your current email address and/or phone number(s): https://www.warrigal.com.au/contact
CEO & MEDIA STATEMENTS
FAMILY & CARER COMMUNICATIONS
VILLAGE RESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
For updated guidelines, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.
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Are you an Indigenous Job Seeker?
- Monday, 03 February 2020 09:02
Are you an Indigenous Job Seeker? Are you interested in a career in Aged Care? Do you want to work for an organisation that is all about ensuring older people have great lives? If you answered yes to these two questions, then get along to our information session to hear about Warrigal’s Get Set to Go Program.
Where: Warrigal Shell Cove (50 Harbour Boulevard, Shell Cove - cnr Cutter Pde)
When: Wednesday 26 Feb 2020
Time: 10am – 11.30am
Our Get Set to Go Program will give you the necessary skills and experience as well as the opportunity of ongoing employment with us in the Illawarra!
Warrigal’s founder turns 100
- Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:02
Save the Date Photo Opportunity
When: 23rd January, 2020, 10 am Morning Tea Where: Warrigal Mt Warrigal, 5 Rowland Avenue, Mt Warrigal
Nom Rowland OAM, one of the original founders of Warrigal is turning 100 and we invite you to celebrate at morning tea at the original Warrigal Aged Care Home, Mt Warrigal.
Attendees at the morning tea will include Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba, Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell, current Warrigal Board Members and family and friends.
Before Warrigal opened its doors in 1968, aged care fell to daughters or older people were housed on hospital verandas. There was no aged care home between Wollongong and the Victorian border.
This identified need led Warrigal to being founded by local Lions Soroptimists, Rotary and Apex clubs in partnership with Shellharbour Council to make it happen. Norm, President and member of the local Lions Club at the time was a driving force.
From a Shellharbour Council 10 bed residence, staffed entirely by volunteers, Warrigal has grown to a service for all older Australians in 9 locations, employing over 1100 staff and served by 400 volunteers.
Norm served as Chair on the original Geriatric Project which saw Warrigal come to life, he served as Chair of Warrigal’s Board for many years, and still volunteers today as a Warrigal Company Member. He was awarded an OAM for his services to the Community.
Media Contact: Lynelle Johnson, Community Relations Manager
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Statement: Residents of Warrigal Bundanoon to come home after bushfire evacuation
- Friday, 17 January 2020 09:02
Residents of Warrigal’s residential aged care home and Retirement Village at Bundanoon will be returned to their home starting this week as a result of local bushfire conditions stabilising.
78 residential aged care home residents, many with high needs and requiring 24/7 nursing, as well as 12 village households were relocated on January 3rd as a precaution against major bushfires burning nearby in the Southern Highlands and Morton National Park.
While there was no immediate threat to the home, Warrigal’s priority is our resident’s safety. We are devastated by the impact these fires have had on Bundanoon and surrounding areas and will work with the Community towards their recovery in any way we can.
“Warrigal determined that the safest option was to relocate all aged care residents temporarily to other Warrigal homes,” said CEO Mark Sewell. “Harbison Care Burradoo also assisted with emergency accommodation for some independent village residents and we thank them for their support.”
“As Warrigal has 9 aged care homes in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan we have the ability to temporarily relocate residents to safer locations. Our residents and their families take comfort that we can relocate our residents to safety within our own network of homes, accessing their own medical records and our own staff looking after them. Where possible we have also utilised staff from Bundanoon to support them with the move.”
“We have been so proud of both our Bundanoon staff who have worked selflessly to ensure our residents comfort and safety- sometimes even as their own homes were in danger, but also the staff at our other homes providing emergency accommodation - Mt Terry, Warilla, Goulburn and Queanbeyan who went out of their way to welcome the Bundanoon residents and put them at ease.” He said Warrigal has been in regular close contact with residents and families to provide updates. We have also had staff impacted by the widespread fires and have offered crisis line counselling, leave arrangements and will be debriefing staff as we return to normal operating conditions.
Warrigal have had regular updates with the Southern Highlands Rural Fire Service (RFS) Inspector and the Incident Controller who have indicated that it was safe to start returning residents to the home over the next few days.
Please be aware that the fire threat has not completely abated in the area and we are being cautious. We are re-admitting residents into the home section by section so the return will be staggered.
In anticipation of residents return we have undertaken a fire risk assessment as well as practical measures such as thorough sweep of the extensive gardens and surrounds of the building to remove branches, foliage and other debris to limit potential threats. We have also cleaned the building to minimise ash and smoke impacts. Warrigal is also considering installing fire abatement systems on and around the building as a part of our risk management planning.
Media Contact: Lynelle Johnson
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Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll: Press Release
- Friday, 03 January 2020 09:02
It’s happening again! … the annual Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll, is on again this Australia Day at Wollongong Harbour.
The Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll is part of the MMJ Aquathon Australia Day event, one of the Illawarra’s premier sporting and community events held annually and featuring a swim and a run, for beginners to elite athletes.
The Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll is a fun walk, run or roll for all ages and all abilities. It is fully wheelchair and stroller-friendly so everyone can get involved and participate (in 2019 the oldest participant was 96 and the youngest just 2 months).
The full course is 4km around the beautiful Wollongong Harbour including the
spectacular 'blue mile', however there is also a wheelchair-friendly short course (approx 1km) and a mid-length course (approx 3kms) so every participant can achieve a distance to suit their personal goals (and get a participant medal).
Kickstart your Australia Day celebrations by getting a team of friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues together and register at www.aquathon.com.au/walk.
The Aquathon event is in its 21st year in 2020 and this will be the 7th year that Warrigal has run the Warrigal Walk, Run, Roll as an all-age, all-ability add on.
Warrigal is a community-owned organisation which supports older people to create inspiring communities and operates a variety of retirement living and aged care services in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and Queanbeyan regions of NSW.
Community Relations Manager
Mobile: 0437 929 173