Exercise classes for seniors at Toowong

Archive for October, 2018

Exercise classes for seniors at Toowong

At Jubilee Community Care we know that staying active is one of the best ways to keep our bodies and minds healthy. And so, Jubilee has recently partnered with the University of Queensland’s Healthy Living team to provide exercise classes each Tuesday and Friday as well as the opportunity for individual visits.

The Toowong gymnasium offers holistic care focusing on the health and wellbeing of older adults. It has physiotherapists, clinical exercise physiologists, dieticians and clinical psychologists amongst other professionals on hand. Clients can attend the gym as an individual, with Jubilee’s classes or partake in classes including Healthy Ageing, Circuit, Cardiac, Pulmonary and Cancer Survivor classes. Education sessions on a range of topics are also offered.

UQ Healthy Living clinical director Simon Whitehart said one aim was to provide people over the age of 50 the opportunity for healthy ageing through preventative exercises and increased mobility to help them remain independent in their own homes.

Before clients begin, a multi-disciplinary assessment is conducted with a program then developed to suit the individual. The gymnasium has facilities for floor work, balance exercises, weights, aerobic machines and strengthening machines. And to make a workout easier your exercises and progress is tracked on an electronic wristband which also automatically adjusts the machines to your requirements.

 “As we age we naturally lose muscle mass so you have to keep getting stronger for as long as you live to maintain that,’’ Mr Whitehart said. “The beauty of our equipment is it’s designed for ageing adults. The starting load is very very low and we can increase workloads in 100 gram increments.’’

Jubilee client Jeanette, better known as Twink, has attended the gym since it opened in June. Twink, in her early 70s, said her program focused on lifting weights as well as weight-bearing exercises. “It has improved me 100 per cent,’’ she said. “I am much more mobile … I would certainly recommend it to anyone. It makes your life more enjoyable and you are able to do more things.’’

To find out more about Jubilee’s exercise classes phone us on 3871 3220 or for information about UQ’s Healthy Living gymnasium phone 3443 2585.



Christmas/New Year public holiday service changes

With several public holidays over the Christmas and New Year period there will be some changes to services provided by Jubilee. The public holidays fall on Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25), Boxing Day (Wednesday, December 26) and New Years Day (Tuesday, January 1, 2019).

On these days 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. Also, the office will also be closed on these public holidays. If you have any questions please phone Jubilee on 3871 3220. Jubilee wishes you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Acclaimed sculptor at Jubilee Community Care AGM

Renown sculptor Rhyl Hinwood AM was the highly entertaining guest speaker at Jubilee Community Care’s Annual General Meeting last month.

Dr Hinwood spoke about her start in sculpting after working as an artist painting models at the Queensland Natural History Museum. Her curiosity about the sculpting process of the peices she was working on sparked an exceptional career of more than 40 years. In that time she has created hundreds of sculptures for educational institutions, churches, governments, corporations as well as public and private collections.

In 1976 Dr Hinwood started carving grotesques at the University of Queensland’s Great Court, since designing and creating more than 300 subjects for the institution. Her works also can be found in the Roma Street Parklands, the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, and as far away as the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Parliament House and overseas.

Dr Hinwood also has been widely recognised for her work with the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship (1986) and Membership in the General Division of The Order of Australia (2006) amongst many other exultations.

Also at the AGM were reports by Management Committee president Dr Judy Salecich and director Shaun Riley. Both spoke about highlights during the previous financial year including the introduction of the Australian Community Care Outcomes Measure (ACCOM) which enables Jubilee to collect client and coordinator data in order the measure the quality and outcomes of our service. Changes to services, results of our annual surveys, the success of our Stay Standing program and public forums also were highlighted.

Lastly was the annual election of our management committee. The positions filled were: President Dr Judy Salecich; Vice President Mark Vining; Secretary Annette Wotton; Treasurer Ross Beck; and members Sabina Janstrom, Joe Morris, Sue Paulsen and Dr Alexander Robertson.



Jubilee’s client satisfaction survey 2018

Jubilee Community Care has again received overwhelmingly positive responses  in its 2018 Client Satisfaction Survey. The survey was sent to 100 clients on Home Care Packages in early September, with a 51 per cent response rate. Client responses to key statements included:

  • Jubilee Community Care has provided me with information to enable me to choose the services I want: 98% agree
  • Jubilee staff treat me with dignity and respect: 98%
  • I am supported by Jubilee in my choice of care and support: 96%
  • My services are organised at day(s) / time(s) that suit me: 94%
  • My support worker(s) usually arrive on time for my scheduled service: 96%
  • My service are usually provided by the same support worker: 85%
  • My support worker(s) complete tasks the way I want them to be done: 98%
  • I understand the fees charged for the service(s) provided to me: 88%
  • I am aware of my rights and responsibilities and those of JCC as my service provider: 94%

More importantly, clients were given the chance to comment on Jubilee, its services and staff. The comments included:

  • Staff have been so kind. I am very satisfied with the service, thank you.
  • Full marks for an excellent caring community organisation.
  • The workers arrive with a smile and an honest keenness to any job.
  • I have been delighted with the services and the staff are very respectful.
  • I am pleased with everything, Jubilee staff make my day.
  • It is a great help to have the same support workers at the same time.
  • Staff are terrific, helpful and kind. Jubilee is professional, caring and friendly.
  • Jubilee are quick to implement any changes I request.
  • The carers have been kind, courteous, helpful and thorough in their tasks.
  • Your service is good, those who manage are very good.
  • I recommend Jubilee, excellent support for the elderly in their home.




Remembrance day marks 100 years!

On Sunday, November 11 Australians and others around the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, or Armistice Day as it was also known.

On the morning of November 11, 1918, allied and German officials signed the Armistice, a formal agreement to cease the hostilities of the First World War. When the agreement came into effect at 11am, the guns of the Western Front fell silent for the first time in more than four years. This enabled the two sides to work towards a peace settlement and negotiate the treaties that would officially end the First World War—most notably the Treaty of Versailles which was signed on 28 June, 1919.

On this day there will be one minute’s silence at 11am to remember the sacrifice of those who died or otherwise suffered in Australia’s cause in wars and war-like conflicts. There will be services commemmorating Remembrance Day  locally:

Kedron Wavell RSL Sub-branch: 10.45am service at Kedron-Wavell Services Club, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside.

Kenmore-Moggill RSL Sub-branch: 10.45am service at Kenmore Digger War Memorial, Kenmore Village Shopping Centre, 9 Brookfield Rd Kenmore; and 10.45am service at Bellbowrie War Memorial, Lions Park, 89 Birkin Rd, Bellbowrie.

Gaythorne RSL Sub-branch: 10.50am service at Sid Loder Park, Tel El Kebir St, Mitchelton.

Sherwood-Indooroopilly Sub-branch: 10.15am march and 10.30am service at Graceville Memorial Park, 173 Oxley Rd, Graceville.

Toowong RSL Sub-branch: 11am service at the Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Sylvan Rd, Toowong.

The Gap RSL Sub-branch: 10.40am service at the war memorial, Walton Bridge Reserve, 25 Glen Affric St, The Gap. Morning tea after. To lay a wreath or attend the morning tea email gap_rsl@bigpond.com by November 5.

Ashgrove RSL Sub-branch: 10.45am start at the war memorial, Stewart Place, Ashgrove.

Bardon RSL Sub-branch: 10.40am service at Bardon Bowls Club, Bowman Pde, Bardon.