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Get Away club 20 years

Get Away Club celebrates 20 years

Rise’s Get Away Club celebrated it’s 20th year of operation this week!

Formed in 1997, the group aims to get active seniors out and enjoying Perth and surrounds.

Members range from 50 to 100 years and enjoy a variety of excursions, including overnight and longer stays.

20 year celebration

The 20 year anniversary of the club was marked with a morning tea at Wahroonga social centre in Mundaring.

Members came together to mark the occasions, viewing photo albums from past years. They also had fun finding their names on an embroidered tablecloth.

Current program planner Marilla Pierson said the group had around 40 members.

I often say how much I love my job. I get to work with the most friendly and fun-loving people you could work with.

Our next holiday is in September, a wildflower holiday up to Geraldton.

Get Away club 20 years

Get Away foundations

Sally Roberts was one of the founding members of the club. She also spoke of her happy memories of years past.

They are some of the happiest years. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of fun things.

The oldest member of the Get Away club is Vicky Turner at the ripe age of 99 years. We’re sure she has some tales to tell from past years!

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Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

shower renovation hazel

Small shower upgrade makes big difference

A small upgrade to their bathroom has made a big difference to the lives of a Stoneville couple.

Owen Richards has received services from Rise for a number of years.

His wife Hazel said twice a week support workers assisted with showering.

bathroon renovation

Shower upgrades

Recently Hazel became aware that they had unspent allocated funding they could use for home modification or equipment.

To make life easier for Owen, they decided to renovate the shower.

Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) carried out the upgrade, which included removing the hob. The glass frame was also replaced with shatter proof glass and new tiles with drainage slope installed.

Hazel said the upgrade had made a big difference.

Owen can walk straight in now, and doesn’t need to to step up to get in the shower.

It has helped a lot and made it much easier. We’re very happy.

In addition to support services, Owen also attends our respite house in Mount Helena several times a year. This is a great change of scenery for Owen and a chance to meet new friends.

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Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

craft prep for Mundaring markets stall

Seniors get crafty for Mundaring markets

Members across three Rise social centres have been busy making craft for the upcoming Mundaring markets.

Rise will host a stall at the Sunday Mundaring Markets on Sunday 13th August.

Social centres get busy

Rise will set up a stall outside Wahroonga, a social centre on Craig Street in Mundaring.

Various arts and crafts made by our members will be available for sale. Items include heat bags, scarves, beanies, drink coasters, aprons and lots more.

Aged Care Coordinator Jackie Quinn said members were looking forward to the market, which is a yearly activity.

All our craft is made by our savvy seniors, sometimes with the help of our staff and volunteers. The three combined social centres Wahroonga, Centenary House and Moorditj Mia are all part of this activity.

Our proceeds go back toward buying more craft supplies for our clients to get started on the craft stall for the next year.

Mundaring markets

As well as craft for sale, market attendees will be able to purchase a Devonshire tea for $4.50. This will be available from inside Wahroonga social centre’s kitchen, which is a great chance for people to see our facility.

The market runs from 9am – 1pm on Nichol and Craig streets in Mundaring. There are a variety of stalls including plants, food and general items.

Aged care services

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

Christmas in July peter Anderton

Santa drops in for Christmas in July

Santa took time out of his busy day to celebrate Christmas in July in Forrestfield this week.

Day guests at Rises’s Peter Anderton Centre were treated to a winter wonderland.

Christmas celebrations

Aged Care program Manager Skye Stevens said it was a wonderful day.

Our guests had so much fun. They enjoyed a roast lunch and took part in various activities.

There were big smiles on a lot of faces.

Fun and games

Some of the fun activities included painting, craft and hockey. This was topped by a visit from Santa himself. Along with his helper, Santa handed out presents to the guests.

Peter Anderton Centre

Shire of Kalamunda Council recently made a decision to transfer its community care services to an external provider. From 1st July 2017 Rise commenced operating the Peter Anderton Centre. The Shire’s existing 725 HACC recipients, staff and volunteers will be given the opportunity to transition to Rise. You can read more here.

live lighter

Clients get help to Live Lighter

Dozens of senior citizens took part in a Live Lighter activity day last week and learned more about Rise services.

The Live Lighter Seniors Information Activity Day was hosted by Shire of Mundaring and Seniors Recreation Council of WA

It was held at The Hub of the Hills in Mundaring.

Rise services

Rise displayed information for seniors to learn more about our services. Aged care coordinator Kerryn Swan said it was great to chat to people about our programs.

There was interest in the getaway club and our days centres in Mundaring and Koongamia. It was a great day out for people to see available services and activities in the area.

Our friends in the sector also attended, including Avivo and Mercycare.

Fun for all to live lighter

Seniors enjoyed numerous activities as carpet bowls, seated hockey and shuffle ball. They were also able to try out Xbox Kinect. Morning tea and lunch were provided. for guests.

The local Country Women’s Association, Chidlow spinners and insurance also had displays.

Aged care services

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.

exercise group

Exercise group keeps seniors active

An exercise group run by Rise in Mundaring is helping people stay fit and active in their senior years.

The group started in 2009 and runs at The Hub of the Hills. This is a community facility next to our social centre, Wahroonga.

Instructors Tina and Melanie lead two classes a week with up to 10 people attend each session. Tina said the classes lasts for an hour and are followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat.

This has been a great opportunity to help boost fitness and improve the group’s confidence. Anyone can have a go, in a totally safe and fun environment.

Sheila (75) and Jenny (83) enjoy the exercise group.

Tina our instructor is so inclusive, and doesn’t’ mind if you need a little sit down.  She understands if you get tired.

Health and wellbeing at Rise

At Rise, this group is just one part of a whole health and well being package. Aged Care participants can get help and guidance on emotional well-being and nutrition. There is also an opportunity to join in a regular swimming group to stay fit.

The cost of the exercise group is $6 and it is both HACC and non HACC funded.

Aged Care

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care and in-home support. For more information click here.

CWA hearts

CWA hearts provide stress and anxiety relief

The ladies at Mount Helena Parkerville branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) have been helping Rise guests by sewing hearts.

Milperra Cottage in Mount Helena provides aged care respite accommodation.

Aged care coordinator Karen Wittcomb said the CWA was located nearby and the sewing group had been extremely generous. They make the hearts in their monthly meetings.

They’ve donated some handmade hearts for us to give away to guests at Milperra. These hearts are used in the same way you would use a stress ball. If you’re feeling anxious or lonely, you can just pop your hand in your pocket and there’s the heart to hold.

CWA hearts

Sewing group member Jo Heuwink said the group had been making hearts for many years.

They have also been handed to dementia patients, and aboriginal families in remote areas. The families often give them to their sick children, they are placed on their chest and provide stress relief and comfort.

CWA helps

Karen said the CWA had supported Rise frequently over the years with our carer’s program, creating patched works and knee rugs for guests and providing toiletries bags for those who forget essential items.

CWA have such a great sense of community. They’re always giving.

What a beautiful group!

Aged Care Services

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care and in-home support. For more information click here.

HHL volunteer

Volunteering expands John’s world

John (70) has been a volunteer with Rise (formerly Home Help Local) for 18 months.

Twice a week he travels to Rise in Mount Richon and then travels even further, transporting people to appointments.

He arrives at the home base and is gratefully handed his schedule by the coordinators.

He might be driving to Serpentine and then to the city, but for John it’s about helping out. He said

I enjoy the people that you meet. Some of them like to chat and it is great to reminisce about the old times in Perth.

If I didn’t volunteer, my world would all be within 5-10 kms. But I get to get out and see new things, like the football stadium.

He describes his volunteering as very rewarding.

You feel like you are helping people.

Home Help Local

Home Help Local merged with Rise last month. This increases Rise’s services across the metropolitan area to the Armadale area. Read more about the merger here.

home help local

Home Help Local merges with Rise

Rise is pleased to announce its presence in the Armadale area. On 1st April support service Home Help Local (HHL) merged with Rise.

Rise CEO Justine Colyer said Rise was delighted to expand in a new area.

HHL are a long-established and well-respected organisation. They provide aged care services that are very similar to Rise, but also ones that are new, such as meal delivery.

They are particularly well known for their excellent engagement with and programs for older Aboriginal citizens.

Services unaffected

Rise has been working with HHL staff to ensure a smooth transition.

Ms Colyer said services for our clients will continue as normal. There will be little or no disruption in the short-term, with improvements in customer service into the future.

We are thrilled that this growth within Rise will give new and existing clients, staff and partners of Rise even more choice and opportunity for great services, employment and partnerships.

Farewell Trudi

HHL CEO Trudi Hodges was farewelled at an afternoon tea on Wednesday 26 April.

She applauded the commitment of staff to the merger.

Ms Colyer thanked Ms Hodges for her valuable input into the merger and wished her all the best for the future.

Rise

Rise provides a range of services across the Perth metropolitan area for aged care, people with disability, mental health, youth and carers. For more information click here.

family fun day wahroonga 2017

Family fun day a hit with all ages

A family fun day held at Mundaring this week proved popular for all ages.

Social centre attendees from Wahroonga and Centenerary traveled to Mundaring for the event.

School holiday family fun

A family fun day is held every two years and allows families to come together.

Coordinator Aged Care Centre Based Services Jackie Quinn said the event was held during school holidays.

The fun day is open to all day centre members and their families. Activities included Easter craft for the kids, face painting, cuddly animal farm, fortune teller and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny.

Lunch was a sausage sizzle with an ice-cream van, a popcorn machine and bagged fairy floss.

Both young and old were enjoying cuddles from the animals. The Easter Bunny also proved popular and people were lining up to have their photo with him. Fortune teller Mystique was also a hit, with people enjoying having their cards read.

You can see the photo gallery here.

Aged care services

Rise Community Network provides numerous aged care services. This includes social centres, personal care and in-home support. For more information click here.