AnglicareSA Home Care Services customer, Viv Samuel is celebrating his 100th birthday in January 2019.
Viv served with the British Army during World War II as a member of the tank regiment across Europe and North West Africa.
In 1951, following the war, Viv and his late wife Lorna moved from England after Viv was offered a job in South Australia.
Viv and Lorna made ‘many beautiful friends’ in South Australia and were married 68 years before she sadly passed away in 2013.
Viv and his late wife Lorna began receiving home care services around eight years ago. Since Lorna’s passing, Viv has continued using our support services.
We would like to thank our living legend Viv for his service, as this Remembrance Day we also recognise the soldiers who lost their lives at war.
This amazing man will be celebrating his 100th birthday on January 26, 2019.
Dream Come True For Newlywed & Her Grandad
When Niki Howells-Schramm was three years old she asked her Grandad Tom to walk her down the aisle when she one day married.
The two had developed an enduring bond when Niki and her family had lived with her grandparents following the loss of their home in the Ash Wednesday bushfires.
So when Tom’s health deteriorated and he was unable to travel to Melbourne for his granddaughter’s wedding, Niki was determined to find a way to keep the commitment. She decided to plan a second wedding, this one much closer to Tom.
“I asked them if it would be possible for us to hold a wedding ceremony at Elizabeth Dutton Court,” Tess said.
“They said yes straight away. The staff embraced the idea and everyone has been so accommodating and helpful to us. They have been wonderful.”
Residents at the facility have been invited to attend the ceremony and watch Niki realise her dream to have Tom walk her down the aisle.
AnglicareSA’s Head of Residential Aged Care, Jacinta Robertson, said Niki and Tom’s story had captured the imagination of the staff at Elizabeth Dutton Court and everyone was excited to help.
“Our carers become a part of our residents’ extended families,” said Ms Robertson.
“When an opportunity like this comes along to bring so much joy to a resident and his family, of course we will embrace it and do whatever we can to ensure it happens.
“Working in aged care, it’s not often you get to be involved in the planning of a wedding!
“To be able to help Niki realise her lifelong dream of having her Grandad walk her down the aisle is a real privilege.”
Niki and her husband Anastas will renew their wedding vows exactly a month to the day after their original Melbourne wedding, this time in front of 60 relatives and friends, including Tom’s fellow Elizabeth Dutton Court residents. The ceremony will be followed by an afternoon tea reception.
My Perfect Partner: AnglicareSA's Aged Care Services
During April and May 2017, we’ll be rolling out our exciting new Aged Care Services ad campaign. This tongue in cheek series uses humour and the power of family connection to highlight the role that AnglicareSA plays in the lives of older people.
AnglicareSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Tanya McIver to the role of Site Manager at its Elizabeth Dutton Court aged care facility.
Tanya brings a mix of clinical and management experience to her role at Elizabeth Dutton Court – a warm and welcoming 75-bed facility with a memory support unit and 40 co-located retirement units.
Following 25 years of clinical experience in both hospital and aged care settings, Tanya moved into management roles. She is fully committed to ensuring that a high standard of care and support is provided to residents, their families and staff and notes being particularly passionate about dementia care and end of life care.
Breakin' Convention: Inside Ian George Court
Ian George Court (IGC) is an AnglicareSA aged care facility that supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
IGC staff have moved away from traditional models of care planning. Instead they have embraced customer directed care to enable IGC residents to be actively involved in developing their care plans. This results in highly personalised care plans to suit the unique needs of individual residents.