Deb masters tennis to take silvers

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Deb masters tennis to take silvers

When Jubilee financial administrator Deb Love used to take her daughter to tennis coaching little did she know the sport would court her.

Deb was inspired by her daughter’s 76-year-old tennis coach to take up tennis. And now she plays in Tennis Brisbane’s weekly evening competition, as well as with two groups of (predominantly) seniors on the weekends.

Deb was recently persuaded by a tennis friend to compete in the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin, where she won silver medals in the Women’s Over 55s singles and doubles events.

Deb believes tennis keeps her focused on important contributors to healthy ageing: exercise, social connection and good nutrition. She hopes to keep playing for many years – even though she has to wear an increasing number of limb supports these days and attend regular physiotherapy sessions!



Ray reflects on groundbreaking expedition

This year marks the 70th anniversary of an innovative expedition to Arnhem Land and Jubilee Community Care aged care services Brisbane client Ray Specht was part of the ambitious project. Ray was 23 and a botanist at the University of Adelaide when he was asked to join the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land.

The expedition was led by filmmaker and ethnologist Charles Mountford and also included a nutritionist, an archaeologist, a biochemist, anthropologist, a Smithsonian Institution curator, an honorary entomologist and Aboriginal guides. Groote Eylandt, Yirrkala and then Gunbalanya (formerly Oenpelli) were explored. The expedition was recently commemorated in the January/February edition of Australian Geographic.

While the expedition was only eight months long its aftermath would continue to consume Ray for at least the next 12 years as he collated, researched and wrote scientific articles about his findings. During the eight months Ray collected more than 13,500 plant specimens. Some 22 were new plant species, with Ray naming one after his wife-to-be Marion Gillies.

“I had to collect 10 of each specimen, wrap them in newspaper and change the paper daily,” Ray said. “I came to Brisbane after the expedition to the Queensland Herbarium. Every individual specimen had to be identified, illustrated, described in Latin and English, and labelled. The samples then went to four places overseas so it was a big co-operative effort.”

Also collected on the expedition were 30,000 fish specimens, 850 bird specimens, 460 mammal specimens, more than 3000 archeological and cultural artefacts and 241 human skulls and bones stolen from rock shelters.

But besides the groundbreaking work and the career that followed, Ray’s highlight of the expedition was being presented with a spear thrower by a Woodah Island Aboriginal man named Kumbiala.

“Receiving that woomera and being accepted as one of the tribe is my standout memory,” Ray said.




Change to services on May 7

On Monday, May 7,  will be the Labor Day public holiday. Essential services of personal care, medication assistance and meal preparation will be provided while domestic assistance, social support, respite and shopping will not be provided. If you have any questions please phone us on 3871 3220.



Buddy shifts to train new staff

Becoming a Support Worker with Jubilee Community Care begins with an Induction Day. The induction is conducted at our office at Indooroopilly with Deanne, who has been a member of the Jubilee team for eight years, starting as a support worker and for the past several years as our quality and training officer.

Deanne spends a day with the new staff member, introducing them to office-based staff and inducting them on Jubilee’s policies and procedures, manual handling, infection control and safe food handling. The induction day helps give new staff an understanding of Jubilee’s expectations of high standards of service delivery and support for our home assistance Brisbane clients.

Once the induction process is complete Deanne will organise for the new staff to undertake buddy shifts. Buddy shifts provide the new staff members the opportunity to accompany and work alongside our experienced support workers in client’s homes. The program has been described by new staff members as ‘invaluable’.

We very much appreciate our staff members who provide the mentoring role as buddies, just as we also appreciate our wonderful clients who generously allow a buddy to accompany their support worker. We understand though if your preference is not to have a buddy accompany your support worker and if this is the case please contact the office so we can note this on your records.

Once a new staff member completes their buddy shift, normally four, they will discuss with Deanne if they feel ready to commence work on their own or if they would like more buddy shifts. Once a new staff member commences their own roster they will have regular support meetings with their supervisor. After a new staff member has been with Jubilee for about three months Deanne will accompany them while they are providing some of their services, to assist them with any questions or concerns they may have and to observe that Jubilee’s policies and procedures are being followed. Again, if you would prefer not to have Deanne accompany your support worker in your home please do not hesitate to contact the office on 3871 3220.



Murielle determined to stay standing

Stay Standing facilitator Minky goes through some exercises with Murielle.

When Murielle found herself unsteady on her feet she knew she had to act before she seriously injured herself in a fall. And after her doctor’s recommendation Murielle found herself at Jubilee’s Stay Standing program.

The eight-week program is designed to help elderly people with their strength and balance and reduce their risk of falls. Participants are assessed on their first and last weeks of the course to establish an individual exercise program and to see how much they have improved by the end.

The course also includes talks by Brisbane allied health professionals on topics such as managing chronic pain, managing continence, safety at home, appropriate footwear, managing medication, first aid and safety away from the home.

“I had a bone density test and it wasn’t good and my balance is so bad so that is when the doctor said I should do the course,” Murielle said. “I have met up with a lot of new people and, of course, the talks from the medical people and the police were very interesting.”

For Murielle, the social side of the program is also important. “I can’t go out on my own anymore but I’ve been able to meet new people and have fun on the (Jubilee Community Care) bus,” she said.

While Murielle has now finished her Stay Standing program that will not be the end of the home-based exercises for her. She also is encouraging others to take part in upcoming Stay Standing programs.

The next Stay Standing falls prevention program will begin on June 15 at Bellbowrie Tavern, Birkin Rd, Bellbowrie. For information phone Jubilee on 3871 3220 or email