Welcoming positive changes across our communities: An update from Apollo Care
PresCare’s positive transition to new owners, Apollo Care, is already delivering benefits from investments in governance, technology, recruitment and staff culture. Together, we’re striving to make Yaralla Place and Groundwater Lodge in Maryborough, and Alexandra Gardens in Rockhampton even better communities for residents and staff.
Some highlights of our program of improvement:
Enhancing Groundwater Lodge and Yaralla Place: More than $1.5m is being invested into returning Groundwater Lodge to its original country homestead feel. Refurbishments include upgrading the commercial kitchen and common areas, and returning 30 private suites back to operation. Yaralla Place will have an air-conditioning upgrade and a new staffroom.
Enhancing our food service: We welcomed our new Environmental Services Manager for Hospitality, Chef Louis L’ecluse, better known as Fab. He’s busy improving menu options and quality and is actively seeking resident input and feedback.
Enhancing our Spiritual Care Program: PresCare’s ex-CEO, Wayne Knapp, is developing our new Spiritual Care Program that aims to enhance the wellbeing of residents through a volunteer program, pastoral care and connections to community organisations. Interested residents will soon be able to enjoy more social and spiritual support and companionship through this program.
Enhancing technology: Apollo Care is investing in technology to further improve the efficiency of our care teams. Significant IT upgrades are happening at both communities, including a state-of-the-art Nurse Call solution and future plans include the introduction of mobile devices for our team for instant access to resident care plans and information.
Enhancing our team: We’ve welcomed new staff in a variety of roles and will continue recruiting as needed. We’ve also launched Apollo’s award-winning staff culture program that supports us to work together to put residents first.
Enhancing our Lifestyle Program: A plan is in place to have the Maryborough bus fully operational again by early 2022 ready to take residents out and about.