Colins’s Visit

Around the time of the daylight saving change, ‘Colin’ the Koala came to visit. We are not sure why – perhaps the time-change mucked up his bearings; we don’t think it was to visit someone in particular, seeing that he didn’t go to Reception and fill in the register. Even so, he made many friends quickly among staff, residents and …

Positive Rehab at Work

The Homes has recently procured the services of Positive Rehab and is noting good results developing for various residents. Flowing from the motto Together we can make a difference, Positive Rehab’s focus is to provide pain management to all residents who are experiencing pain. The benefits of pain management for residents include improving ease and quality of movement, improved confidence …

Thomas Marlin – Enthralling Musician

Recently returned from three years in London, Thomas’ performance portfolio encompasses three continents and includes concerti, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. In 2015, he joined the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle as a guest member, and performed Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto with the Janus Ensemble (of which he is principle cellist). This past year has included recitals …

Our Wheelie Good Bus Trip!

On a sunny day on November 18th 2016, 12 residents and 2 Leisure & Lifestyle staff set off on a bus trip, destination unknown. Somehow the bus found its way to the beach. Although the water was too cold for swimming, it was a great day for people to walk their dogs along the sand. We traveled Jetty Road, Glenelg to …

An Aussie Who Did Us Proud!

Gerald Rodda recently enjoyed a visit from his grandson, Jesse Aungles. Jesse was in the Aussie team at the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games, competing in four swimming events – 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley. He reached the finals in every event, finishing 8th, 7th, 7th and 6th respectively. He has also competed in the 2014 …

Olympic Torch Walk 2016

On August 5 2016, about a quarter of our residents undertook FLH’s version of the Olympic Torch Relay ahead of the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics. Each area was decorated in the colours of a different nation and dotted with various items relating to those countries – these latter items sparked many conversations and memories on the way, and also helped various …

Pet Therapy with a Difference!

On April 6 2016, ‘Jed’ and ‘Junior’ visited FLH from Victoria – as the photos reveal, they are Percheron horses. They have a gentle temperament, can grow to 19 hands high, weigh up to 1200 kg, and travel at trot 60 km per day. Percherons are French Draft Horses from western France, originally bred for use as war horses (used as …

A Fringe Festival Act Comes to FLH

Legendary performer Phyl Skinner OAM reminisced about from her Vaudeville years and her time working with stars including Bob Hope, Arthur Askey, George Formby, Roy (Mo) Rene and George Wallace. She commenced her career as a ballet girl at the Majestic Theatre in Adelaide and entertained around Australia in travelling Tent Shows. She was a radio performer, a pioneer in …

Hat Day

In early October 2015, the Homes’ staff participated in “Hat Day”. It’s a program designed to encourage happiness at work, random acts of kindness, and expressing gratitude for work and working with others. Additionally, all funds raised from the Day go directly to research by Australian Rotary Health aimed at finding preventions, treatments and cures for depression, anxiety, and a …

It’s a Dog’s Life

We recently had Don’s Demo Dogs visit and give an agility and precision demonstration to our residents. This was held in the Chapel. The trainers brought several German Shepherds and two Border Collies along to perform their many skills. It was an entertaining afternoon with the dogs going through their paces. They went through hoops, tunnels, over a seesaw and …