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Newsletter Autumn 2015
Autumn Newsletter 2015  
Welcome to our March Newsletter.   

We’ve had a great start to the year and are looking forward to some exciting times ahead. In this edition we give you a brief summary of the activities and events that have taken place at Thomas Holt in recent months and also what’s coming up. We will always strive to provide the most comfortable, safe and welcoming environment for all our residents and their families.

We hope you find this newsletter informative.

Alexandra Zammit
Chief Executive Officer 
Thomas Holt
Love Where You Live
My Companion
My Choice Update

We have commenced our new service initiative My Companion My Choice.  

The My Companion My Choice service and our wonderful existing Home Care team will be co-located together at Shop 1, 728 Old Princess Highway Sutherland, right next to Highland Real Estate.  One of our first clients Mrs Bessy Bowen, is pictured with her companion Lucy Lawless.  They will be enjoying many more wonderful days together.  This initiative has been designed to help older Australians to remain independent at home by maintaining connections with friends, family and their local community.  It is an independent service so the good news is, our clients will not need to be burdened with completing Centrelink Asset and Income forms.  Nor will they have to seek permission to access our services as an ACAT assessment is not required.  The philosophy of My Companion is to provide services that are tailored to meet an individuals needs that are not limited to or restricted by those provided by Government subsidised programs.
Click here to find out more about this exciting new initiative or call us on 9545 4799.

Guess Who’s Turning 100 

We’d like to send birthday wishes to Russell Bland who turned 100 on 10 March.  As a respected member of the community who was involved in many activities such as Probus, Russell and his lovely wife Bessy, moved into Roden Cutler in November 2004.  Russell is a true gentlemen who always has a kind word for those he passes by and believes the secret to his 100 years is through his spirit and determination to keep enjoying every day.   He is a true inspiration. 
Thomas Holt Finalist in International Facility Of The Year Award 
Thomas Holt are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted as a finalist for Facility of the Year – Residential Aged Care at the 3rd APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards 2015, held in conjunction with the 6th Ageing Asia Innovation Forum (AAIF). This International event will be taking place in Singapore on 15 April 2015. This nomination is acknowledgement of the outstanding work of our team and our commitment to service quality. We are very proud of this nomination and for the achievement of our efforts in a very competitive market. 
Spark of Life
Kae Fowler from Thomas Holt has completed the International Spark of Life Master Practitioner Course developed by Dementia Care Australia which has been internationally awarded for its pioneering philosophy Spark of Life for excellence in ageing services and for enabling dementia rehabilitation.

Thomas Holt has begun the journey of implementing the Spark of Life and it is their vision to use this philosophy to enrich the quality of care for their residents and become a Spark of Life Centre of Excellence. 

Thomas Holt would become a pioneer being the first Spark of Life Centre of Excellence in aged care in Australia.

To find out more about this program or how you could help support this program, please click here.
Margaret Deas – 102 year and 102 squats plus Channel 7 Sunrise Star
We congratulate Margaret Deas, a resident at Sans Souci Gardens, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. Margaret chose to celebrate this wonderful achievement by completing a challenging physical act of 102 squats which also assisted in raising money for the Australian Wildlife Society. Its been a busy time for Margaret, in between photo sessions, interviews including an appearance on Channel Seven Sunrise, plus cutting her birthday cake surrounded by family, friends, staff and fellow residents at Thomas Holt Sans Souci.   To see Margaret’s appearance on Sunrise, click here.  

Margaret is a testament to the power of determination, exercise and rehabilitation.  
Seniors Week
New South Wales Seniors Week will be held between 14-22 March.  There will be many fun community events including walks, concerts and much more.  To find out what is happening locally you can visit Sutherland or Rockdale Council websites for more details but at Thomas Holt we will also be holding our own exciting events and activities.  To find out what is happening at Sutherland/Kirrawee, please click here or to find out what is happening at San Souci Gardens please click here.
 Australia Day Honours – Who Was Recognised? 
One of our lovely residents, the Reverend John Healy, was honored in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.  Having established two distinct careers, first in senior management of multinational companies for which he received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), and then as a Minister with the Uniting Church, for which he has now received an OAM.  At the height of his career Reverend John decided to become a minister.  “I couldn’t live with what was happening in the business world,” he said.    He was ordained as a minister with the Uniting Church when he was 68 and later became involved in Freemasonry and is Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and ACT.   Congratulations from all of us at Thomas Holt Reverend John. 
Thomas Holt Kirrawee Accreditation Audit – Excellent Results
Our Kirrawee homes recently underwent our industry accreditation audit which we are required to do every three years.   The audit is undertaken by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (the Australia Government). The audit took three days to complete and Thomas Holt has been re accredited for another three full years. The exciting feedback from the auditors having passed all 44 criteria was that Thomas Holt’s performance was well above the standards.  We are all very proud of this outcome which is a testament to the hard work of all our team. 

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