integratedliving Business Development Manager Sheryl Cain is one of five finalists in the Individual Distinction category of the 2015 HESTA Aged Care Awards, which recognise those in the aged care sector who make an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life of older Australians.
Sheryl has been recognised for her passion and commitment over the last six years to developing the Raymond Terrace Dementia Garden; which is one of the first of its kind in Australia that is not attached to a residential aged care facility.
Planned to be officially opened this coming spring, the garden will provide a significant resource for a range of individuals and community groups who are already lining up to use this beautiful new space.
With a stunning hand painted mural and design features reflecting best practice research and input from local TAFE horticulture students; it truly is a community project.
The Gala Award Dinner for the HESTA National Aged Care Awards was held in Canberra on 27th August. These awards recognise exceptional contributions to improving the quality of life of older Australians in three categories (organisation, team and individual).
Our wonderful NSW Business Development Manager, Sheryl Cain, was nominated for the Individual Distinction Award and was selected as one of only five national finalists for her work in initiating and implementing the innovative community Dementia Garden project in Port Stephens; which is one of the first of its kind not attached to a residential aged care facility in Australia.
Because Sheryl is continuing her recovery in hospital; she was represented on the evening by her brother Peter Cain (and his wife) and our CEO Catherine Daley and Board Chair Peter Callaghan were also in attendance.
Whilst ultimately, Sheryl did not take out the top honours; the national recognition of being a finalist in this prestigious award is an outstanding achievement in itself. Congratulations Sheryl!
Dual semi-finalist berth for integratedliving
It is with great pleasure we can announce continued recognition for our organisation and CEO through semi-finalist achievements in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards. We were nominated in the categories of MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award (CEO Catherine Daley) and Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award (organisation).
The awards are focused on the Aged Care industry and the services they provide. The Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award recognises and acknowledges businesses, organisations and not for profits who have a strong focus on staff engagement, safety and wellbeing, training and providing staff with higher education learning opportunities and development. The Award also recognises the provision of quality services for clients, patients and residents.
The MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award recognises medical and health professionals or volunteer workers that are supporting the health and wellbeing of consumers.
Both of these semi-finalist positions are amazing accolades and a direct reflection on the outstanding work we all do every day in the wider communities we work and live in.
A special thanks to Suman Sedhain (Registered Nurse Orana/Far West NSW) and his wife Chandrakala for attending the awards at Dubbo RSL Club on behalf of Catherine and integratedliving.
integratedliving was recognised at the 2015 Tasmanian Aged Care Awards, being acknowledged as a Highly Commended ‘Provider of Care’ in the Organisational category.
The awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements by our staff, organisation and volunteers in providing services for older Tasmanians.
The category required evidence around how we as an organisation are striving for excellence, providers of enhanced innovation and idea generation, increased satisfaction levels from service recipients, increased employee satisfaction and involvement, improved efficiency and effectiveness as well as improved sustainability. This award recognises organisations that demonstrate special or unique leadership, innovation and excellence in the sector.
Our dedicated Tasmanian team attended the Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) Conference during late November, which was held in Launceston and they showcased integratedliving’s broad range of services, including Telehealth and the Staying Connected initiative.
Staying Connected is an innovative service that has involved 105 ageing Tasmanians to-date, which uses iPads that are provisioned to older isolated people, to help them stay connected with their communities, keep them and their minds active, and to empower them to take charge of their own lives and wellbeing. Some of the ‘Apps’ used within the service are those such as: Facebook, Messenger, YouTube, and Skype.
The Staying Connected service was designed around the principles of our Care Services Embracing Life model and has incorporated assistive technologies to connect people who would otherwise be socially isolated, in a way in which they can be supported and learn about exploring new social avenues at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home.
integratedliving announced as Not-for-Profit Organisation winner in Muswellbrook Business Awards.
Based in rural, regional and remote Australia, with their registered office in Muswellbrook, integratedliving Australia has been recognised by the Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce at their awards night on Friday 8th April 2016.
For the second consecutive year, integratedliving Australia walked away with ‘Community Group/Not-for-Profit Organisation of the Year’ at the 2015 Muswellbrook Business Awards.
integratedliving CEO Catherine Daley said “We are thrilled to win this award for the second year running. It shows that we are recognised in the local community and acknowledges the hard work of our dedicated staff”.
“Thank you to all the teams in the Muswellbrook region. These local awards are an important way to showcase what we are about as an organisation and demonstrate why we exist; to make a difference in the lives of people within our local community”.
Emily Castellana also represented integratedliving on the night as a finalist in the Individual Employee category.
The awards night was held at the Muswellbrook RSL Club and attended by local staff Rebecca Gumb, Marlene Auld, Suszanne Lang, Chic Taylor, Maree Ings, Noelle Duncan, Veronica Huggins, Emily Huggins, Coral Neighbour, Emily Castellana, Julie Castellana & Sharon Barbeler.
We held our inaugural Values Based Awards presentation on 1 June at the Crowne Plaza Newcastle. The presentation dinner brought together a special gathering of our Awardees for 2015 and their General Managers, the Executive Management Team and the Board of Directors.
This prestigious event was a celebratory tribute to our award winning staff in recognition of their outstanding excellence in workplace practises for their nominated values based category.
The Values Based Awards Program is an opportunity to recognise employees who embody our organisational values; in the way they work, through their interactions with others and in their general daily conduct.
The program, driven through staff and consumer nomination, recognises and rewards excellence in our employee and volunteer workforce.
Our Award Winners for 2015 were:
- Diversity – Hayley Wiltshire – Community Care Professional – Bendigo
- Integrity – Sharon Barbeler – Human Resources Coordinator
- Unity – Suman Sedhain – Registered Nurse – Dubbo
- Respect – Debbie Hill – Community Care Professional – Newcastle/Lake Macquarie
- Equity – Susan Moore – Community Care Professional – Central Queensland
- Leadership – Joanne Wilkinson – Local Connect Centre Manager
Image: L-R:Doug Kimberley – Board Chairperson, Debbie Hill, Hayley Wiltshire, Suman Sedhain, Susan Moore, Sharon Barbeler, Jo Wilkinson, CEO – Catherine Daley.