Congratulations Pres Care Tas!

dscn1932-resizeThe ACST Tasmanian Aged Care Awards ceremony was held in Hobart on Friday, 9th December and I am please to announce that Presbyterian Care Tasmania was awarded a Highly commended in the Aged Care Organisation category.

The award was in recognition of the communication tools, including smart phone and iPad Palliative Care App, that was developed for nurses and care workers with the support of the Decision Assist National Palliative Care project.

Anita Fahey attended the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of Presbyterian Care Tasmania and the team that worked on the project.

On behalf of everyone at Presbyterian Care Tasmania I would like to congratulate Anita and all those who collectively contributed to this innovative project targeted at communications to support this very important aspect of everyday work providing care for our frail aged.dsc_0003-resized

John Brooks, Chief Executive Officer

The Carer Communal ‘Chook Apron’!

A story by Home Care North Client, Kim.
Introducing Kayla in the carer communal ‘chook apron’!  Kayla is one of my caregivers … we share our knowledge and laugh heaps.kayla
I am teaching Kayla new approaches to cooking and using fresh herbs and Kayla is educating me about rare dog breeds.  I no longer have my beloved dogs, so Kayla’s ‘boy’ fills a void in my life.  While preparing meals or doing some gardening, Kayla tells me about the mishaps and adventures of her much loved ‘boy’.  Kayla is the parent of an Akita breed of dog – Dexter, her ‘boy’, and also, she is an active advocate for animal rights and safety.  Naturally like most parents, Kayla took Dex to ‘Paws for Claus’ a charity event.kayla2
A few weeks ago Kayla made her first stir fry … Kayla went home and cooked the stir fry again … solo!!kayla3
So, time to graduate to more complex dishes … chicken wontons in fragrant broth … Yummy!!kayla4

Thank goodness for stories, laughter and fun!!! (and Dexter of course)!

Cooking with Nikkea

A story by Pres Care Tas Home Care North Client, Kim

Nikkea, one of my carers wearing a red ‘chook’ apron…. “winging it” is her favourite statement when she creates a yummy dish (with just a pinch of supervision from me)….home-care-nth-client3

and voila! Savoury muffins…perfect.


Food prep is then followed by a fascinating lesson from Nikkea in how the latest nail products work… I have decided there is truth in the old adage that ‘one is never too old to learn’.


Nikkea had a lesson sometime ago doing a casserole with dumplings.  I sit on one side of the bench tuned in to on the laptop and the girls follow the recipes standing on the other side. It is really great when they tell me they tried the dish at home and their partners/flat mates loved it. home-care-nth-client4home-care-nth-client5

However, cake-baking on other days can prove harder than one thinks …home-care-nth-client6





TasTafe UENO Award

Pres Care Legana PCA Mohanavani Vellasamy is currently completing a Diploma of Community Services at TasTafe and on the 3rd November 2016 was chosen as the winner of this year’s UENO Award, recognising her commitment to study and strong contribution to the community.

RAW Challenge Adventure Run

raw4Several staff from Presbyterian Homes Warrane entered the recent RAW challenge in Hobart.

‘Nannas Warriors’ blazed through obstacles, climbed, ran, jumped, slid and got covered in mud.  As part of the Staff Health and Wellbeing Initiative, staff requested a ‘bonding exercise’.  They got up close and personal, working together to make sure each person completed the course safely.  An amazing physical feat!rawimage3

Elvis Performs at Legana!

img_6102-resizedStory by Legana Resident, Jenny H…..

On Friday 21st October Adam Page performed at Presbyterian Care Legana as an Elvis impersonator.  We were all really amazed by his costume and overall performance.  He sang really well and we could all “Rock and Roll” along with him.  It was a great atmosphere.  Lots of people were dancing and they were having the time of their life.  Adam Page had a great singing voice and sounded just like the real Elvis Presley.  We are looking forward to Adam coming back next year and performing for us again.  We are all ready to “Rock and Roll” again.img_6082-resized


Dream it, Do it Program Recipient

ian_stephens_hbt__mission_praise_full_music_bookPresbyterian Homes Hobart resident Ian recently transferred from NSW to Hobart.  When his house in NSW was packed up, a special book, Mission Praise:  Full Music was misplaced.  Ian loves his music and it was all he wanted from his personal belongings.

The Dream it, Do it! Program (made possible by the Pres Care Tas Major Fundraising Committee) has been able to provide Ian with his wish and is pictured above enjoying his Mission Praise book.



Live, Love, Laughter 2017 Calendar

img_6030_1_003-resizeIt’s that time of the year again…..  The production of the 2017 Pres Care Legana Resident and Staff calendar, “Live, Love, Laughter” is happening.

The Pres Care Legana Leisure and Lifestyle team are coordinating this extremely popular activity and Inge Hillier is once again producing spectacular photos.

If you would like to pre-order a calendar, please contact Cassie at our Legana reception on 6330 0600 or

The calendars are $10 each….. Don’t miss out!!

Thank you to our sponsor:  Bank of Queensland – BOQ



Up to Mischief!

betty3Betty who lives at Pres Care Legana with Luna a soon to be trained therapy dog!  Luna in Betty’s arms at the Legana Medical Centre will be trained to come into aged care homes, hospitals, child care centres, etc.luna-2

Pres Care Olympics

dsc_0121jpgThe inaugural Pres Care Olympics were held at Presbyterian Homes Legana on Wednesday, 28th September 2016.  Competitors were the Norwood Nightingales, the Legana Possums and staff.

The Legana Possums were defending the Pres Care Cup after claiming victory at the Pres Care’s Got Talent competition in 2015.  The atmosphere was incredible, lots of cheering, laughs and determination!  Fun had by all involved.

Peter Francis, Care Services Manager at Legana said, “The residents love it, you see their personalities come out and some of them can get very competitive”.

The Legana Possums were beaten by the Norwood Nightingales.  The Nightingales will be in possession of the Pres Care Cup until next year’s competition.                        Click Here to view the Examiner Editorial