Note from the Director December 6, 2018

As another year draws to an end we reflect on a year of change and the many challenges the team at Kimberley have encountered and overcome.

After 28 years of service at Kimberly Nel Glew retired as administrator and we have welcomed Jean Reed in the new role of Operations Manager, covering the general administration and the business operations of Kimberley.

Carol Haffenden, who had been with Kimberley for over 20 years first as a registered nurse, then as our senior clinical nurse and more recently as our Director of Nursing resigned to pursue other opportunities. With Carol’s resignation we have taken the opportunity to modernise our clinical nursing structure, creating two new positions which reflects best practice solutions. Beverly Padlan is our acting Facility Manager and will be the first point of call for any issues relating to nursing practice and clinical care. Blanche Mohammed has stepped in as acting Clinical manager and together with Beverly will lead the nursing and care teams at Kimberley.

This year we started our Significant Refurbishments with renovations completed in our administration area and the Faility Managers office, this has created extra work areas for the Facility Manager and Clinical Managers to work together in a more productive environment. Similarly, with the admin office we have created two extra work areas for the admin team to expand as necessary. The dining room and the lower activities areas are next on our agenda with plans to create spaces that are flexible and comfortable for residents and their families. There will be two new outdoor undercover areas with new tables and chairs for families to spend time with their loved ones.

It has been a turbulent year for the aged care industry, with the media reporting on instances of elder abuse and sub-standard care culminating in the announcement of a Royal Commission into the aged care industry. The commission will require submissions from all aged care providers and we would like to hear from you if you have any information or comments you would like to be included in our submission, which we'll require by the end of January.

The new Aged Care Quality Standards which replace the current Accreditation Standards will take affect from July 1st 2019, this will require the team at Kimberley to adopt new standards and practices required by the department, which will be a benefit for all the residents at Kimberley.

On behalf of the directors at Kimberley, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2019.

Peter Michael, Executive Director 

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