CatholicCare Community Visitor Shirley Reiken is retiring after spending 25 years brightening the lives of elderly aged care residents.
In December 2017 CatholicCare was subject to an external audit by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency for our performance in the delivery of our aged care services against the Commonwealth Home Care Standards. It is mandatory for all aged care service providers to undergo audits against the standards every three years.
CatholicCare and the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) have a seven year history of collaboration delivering psycho-education groups, support conversations (often solution focused brief interventions) and referrals for participants of the weekly Wednesday Men's Group.
The recent statement by Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt that "up to 40 per cent of aged care residents get no visitors" was described as heartbreaking by CatholicCare's Community Visitor Scheme coordinator Nicolle Anderson-Brown.
CatholicCare partnered with other local social service orgainisations to take part in a research project led by the University of Wollongong on the topic of foster carer marketing and recruitment.