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Rise Aged Care

Aged Care Social Centre

Celebrating a Charming Centenarian

Loving life and full of energy Wilma walks into her Wahroonga social centre with a radiant smile and a charming chuckle that brightens everyone’s day. It is easy to see why so many people turned up to celebrate her 100th birthday.

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Wilma still comes into the centre every week immaculately dressed in matching accessories, hair always looking fabulous and with her beautiful smile and warm greeting of “Hello Darling.

We all aspire to be like Wilma, a woman who is independent, strong, enjoys life and can touch her toes at 100. It’s an incredible achievement.

Jackie Quinn

Aged Care Social Center Birthday

Wilma’s mother died when she was young and Wilma grew up in an orphanage. During the War Wilma helped a Jewish girlfriend hide from the Nazi’s and she was sent to a concentration camp for three and a half years. After the war, Wilma and her husband migrated to Australia.

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Wilma told us so much about her life – from her working in a bridal gown store in Perth sewing the beads and sequins onto the gowns to volunteering at Whiteman Park where one of the tram workshops was named the W Pennenburg as a thank you for her contribution.

Wilma started volunteering with Rise then Hills Community Support Group firstly on the shopping bus and later in the day centre, before becoming a member herself.

Jackie Quinn

Aged Care Social Centre

Today was an opportunity for staff and friends to celebrate their good friend and acknowledge her dedication to her community. The Queen and the Prime Minister of Australia sent a birthday message congratulating Wilma.

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Wilma has touched the lives of many people over the past 100 years and her smile and warmth will continue to touch the lives of many people for years to come.

Aged Care Services

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

National Reconciliation Week at Rise

Rise’s marked National Reconciliation Week with music, dancing and discussions that connected the community with Aboriginal history and culture. Listening to the Elders and hearing their stories gives us the opportunity to learn about our shared histories and consider how we can contribute to a unified future.

The Moorditj Mob from Wesley College shared their culture at Yirra Mia and our Arts Hub.

Owning your History

We also aired the powerful film by young Noongar dancer, Brianne Yarran. Brianne is the daughter of Rise’s Moorditj Mia Program Coordinator, Sherri. Her film includes the Moorditj Mia Elders group.

From The Western Frontier Series 3 – Owning Your History (Trailer) from Metamorflix on Vimeo.

The film shares Brianne’s journey to create a solo dance routine that tells her Nannas’ Stolen Generation story.
Brianne has always known that her three Nannas were part of the Stolen Generations but she never truly understood what this meant and how it impacted on their lives. To do their story justice and to create a powerful dance piece, she must go on a difficult journey to learn the truth of their experience.

Brianne introduced her film with a solo dance routine.

Street Banner Project

Rise was a proud sponsor of the street banner project by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
We had Reconciliation Week banners displayed throughout the city.

Reconciliation Banner

At Rise, we believe that Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aged Care Anzac Day

Yirra Mia commemorates the ANZAC’s

Clients and staff at Rise’s southern social centre, Yirra Mia stopped on Thursday to pay their respects to those who served on behalf of all Australians and New Zealanders. After playing The Last Post a minute’s silence was observed to remember those impacted by the tragedy of war.

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The group then visited their local war memorial to lay a wreath.

“It was touching to have clients and staff come together within the centre to pay their respects. Everyone understands the sacrifices that our war heroes made, and the legacy in which they have left behind over 100 years later and it was a privilege to be present there today!” (Aleesha)

If you would like to find out more about our services for older Australians call 6274 3799 or visit this link.

Good friends & good times

I lost my husband, son and daughter. I live with my great-granddaughter and great-great-granddaughter.

Coming here to the club has made a big difference to my life. It’s changed my life.

I can laugh, join in with people it’s something to look forward to. I never used to go anywhere.

We love having Betty at her southern social centre, Yirra Mia. She takes part in many of the daily outings and social activities.


Jim enjoys catching up with his mates every Tuesday. The group often head out together for lunch or a day trip.

It’s good to get out and talk to people. I get fed up staying at home. I’d rather go out and talk to the boys. We went to Carlisle Hotel last week. Yesterday fish and chips.


Shirley has just joined the social centre and enjoys sharing a cuppa and a chat.

This is my second time here. It’s good. You’re not sitting at home looking at yourself. There are nice people to talk to and it gets your brain going. It’s not so lonely now.

Support Services

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

A welcoming place to make friends

I just love it! I love the company, the staff and the volunteers are just magical. The social gatherings just lift me.

June has been attending her Wembley Community Centre for over 5 years. She is one of the regulars who enjoys meeting people and sharing a cuppa. The group often head out together for lunch or a day trip. They’ve also organised overnight trips around WA.

Usually we go out for lunch, to a local hotel or restaurant. Sometimes a picnic. The restaurant at Joondalup was amazing. We’ve been to WAAPA, Penrose College and Heathcote.

Brian (pictured front left) has been attending his Wembley Community Centre for over 12 years. He’s travelled with the group all over Perth and the south west. Including a fishing trip to Busselton Jetty and a tour around Margaret River.

There’s such a nice group of ladies here and I’m a bit of a ladies man. It’s really the main thing to fill in time. It gives me something to do. Today we are going to Gosnells Hotel. Sometimes picnics.

Diane is a great-great grandmother and enjoys meeting like minded people in her community.

I was sitting at home doing nothing and I heard about this place and it’s just lovely.

It gives me a reason to get up in the morning.

I think one of the hardest things for people our age is to fill our lives. We’ve had busy lives working. I don’t believe in just staying at home looking after the grandchildren, actually my great-grandchildren.

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

seniors week 2018 bollywood event

Bollywood comes to Rise!

Rise celebrated seniors week by having a special Bollywood themed event in Mundaring.

We combined staff and guests from three Rise social centres to come together and have a fabulous day of fun!

Bollywood dancing

The theme for the day was Bollywood with staff dressing up in colourful sparkly costumes and decorations inside and outside the venue getting us all in the mood.

To start off there was a scrumptious morning tea with home baked scones, followed by a performance from the Bollywood Dance Studio that had lots of toes tapping.

Then our visitors from the dance studio invited people to get up and learn how to dance – Bollywood style!

Many members and staff threw themselves into the fun, busting out some moves and getting quite the workout. For those who wanted to stay in their seats, they could still join in with Bollywood hand movements.

Lots of activities

After lunch we were entertained by the Nightingale singers who performed a range of old favourites.

In between the performances members could head outside to play some games suitable for a range of ability and mobility.

Award-winning caricature artist and illustrator, Terry Dunnett was on hand to draw individual caricatures on the spot. Judging by the line, he was pretty popular.

Also in attendance was the Lions Hearing van and the Alzheimers WA Memory van.

It was a very hot day so the Mr Whippy icecreams went down a treat!

Many of our guests also took the opportunity to get in a bit of pre-Christmas shopping, choosing from a range of items hand-crafted by members at our social centres.

Community outings are common for members who attend our social centres. But this one was way bigger than usual involving over 100 guests!

We had some great feedback from our guests

Brilliant…. that was so much fun…. wonderful day – I’m exhausted!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the day special for all our guests.

Aged Care Services

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

leadership WA visits Rise

Leadership WA visits Rise

Rise’s Arts Hub was delighted to welcome participants from Leadership WA’s Rising Leadership program.

Our visitors included rising and established leaders from government, not for profit and private sectors.

Giving back to the community

Run by Leadership WA, this six-month program has a high expectation that graduates will give back to the community.

So it was very fitting that participants spent a day meeting our members, hearing from our staff and learning about our community.

Our visitors saw first-hand that age and disability are no barriers to creative genius!

And we had SUCH a great time showing off the Arts Hub and our members’ creativity.

Fabulous feedback for Rise

We know all the participants had a good day because they told us! Here is some of their fantastic feedback.

Rise is clearly an organisation with a passion for people

Rise has such a wonderful feeling, and there is a lot of talent in those rooms

The staff were amazing and really embody the values of the organisation

I was really impressed with Rise

I thought their vision and passion for their clients, and also their staff, really stood out

How fantastic – the right people in the right job for the benefit of others

Thank you for opening your facilities so we could experience what an amazing role you play in our community and what you do for people

Our CEO Justine Colyer said

What a great reflection on everyone at the Arts Hub! It was so important that people left with a different perception of what Rise does but, most importantly, the value and talents of all people in the community.

Well done to everyone involved!

Rise Creative Arts

Rise offers many creative programs for people of all abilities based at our Arts Hub in Warwick, including painting, woodwork, knitting, pottery and craft. Read more about the full range of Rise services here.

Special guest at Milperra Cottage

Milperra Cottage had an extra special guest recently – Max the Galah!

Meet Max… and Max

Max was due to have a stay at Milperra cottage recently. But his pink and grey galah, also called Max, was sick and required daily medication.

Max was worried about her and wanted to make sure she got her drops. So he asked if Max the Galah could come too.

Aged Care Program Manager Stephanie Fewster said

We asked if Max the Galah was noisy or if she was likely to fly away. Max said she was very quiet and liked to sit in her cage and sometimes on top of it. She usually didn’t do much flying around and Max thought she would say put.  We also checked with other Milperra residents to make sure nobody had any problems with Max the Galah.

Of course we had to make sure her antibiotic drops were clearly labelled and kept in the locked area with all the other medications.  Twice a day Max held her beak open and one of our team carefully squeezed in the antibiotics.

For fun, the staff made up a sign sheet for Max the Galah’s medication drops – after all she was one of the residents now!

Max took really good care of Max the Galah – cleaned her cage every day and made sure she was fed and happy.  He also kept track of when her medications were due.

Milperra Cottage

Max is a regular guest at Milperra Cottage. Milperra is a Rise aged care facility located in beautiful Mount Helena that offers respite services.

Respite is important for care-givers so they can take a bit of time out from their caring role and recharge their batteries.

Max was really happy he was allowed to have his bird stay with him at Milperra while she was sick.

They have been together for 20 years!

Aged Care Services

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

Rise trainee wins Aged Care award

Everyone at Rise is so proud of Evan Cox who recently won a national Trainee of the Year award.

Trainee of the year

Rise is all about celebrating people and today we celebrate Evan Cox!

At the recent national ACSA awards ceremony Evan was announced as the Trainee of the Year.

Winning an ACSA award is a real mark of excellence in the aged and community services sector.  At the awards ceremony CEO of ACSA said of all the winners;

their remarkable stories of care-giving goes ‘above and beyond’ to inspire others

Promising career ahead

By winning the Trainee of the Year award Evan was identified as someone with a promising career ahead of him. And we couldn’t agree more!

Evan started with us in October last year, placed by Health Training Australia

After 25 years of a successful marketing and sales career he wanted to change direction. Evan wanted to work in an environment where he could make connections with people.

Rise is an ideal place for Evan because making connections is something we do every day.

Our CEO Justine Colyer said;

Everyone was delighted to see Evan win the award.  It was great to see WA represented at a national level.  Evan is well known at Rise as down to earth and humble. He comes with experience from a career outside aged care and enthusiasm for a role in working with people. He brings some much needed diversity into the area of aged care support.

Career goal

Evan is loving his training with Rise and has a great career goal in mind. When he was nominated for the award Evan said;

I think it would be great if I could eventually become a senior support worker, specialising in male clients

Rise employment

Rise offers diverse roles and positions all over Perth. For more information visit our website.

Supporting people with dementia

Friday 21 September is World Alzheimers Day – which raises awareness as well as challenging the stigma that surrounds dementia.

And here in WA, September is Dementia Awareness Month with the theme – Together we can… help ensure no one faces dementia alone.

Rise supports people with dementia

At Rise we’re all about people, not about the barriers they may have.

Which means to provide the right kind of support for those living with dementia, we discover their passions and take the time to learn about their life experiences. Then we can make real connections with the people we support.

Spark of Life club

Spark of Life is a gentle and celebratory philosophy that offers a practical approach to dementia care.

It’s all about restoring happiness. Lifting the spirit and encouraging a zest for life for people living with dementia.

Our Spark of Life club is run twice a week by specially trained support workers.

We always aim to provide someone living with dementia with the best experiences possible in any one day.

Milperra Cottage

And we haven’t forgotten the care-givers! We know that caring for someone with dementia is a full-time role.

So our beautiful Milperra Cottage located in the Perth Hills can offer overnight stays to people with dementia. It also provides care-givers with a well earned break.

Rise services

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