Anglicare SA

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.

Her mother, Tess Howells, contacted AnglicareSA’s Elizabeth Dutton Court residential aged care facility where Tom lives, with an unusual request.

“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.

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.

 

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.

Watch the video to hear Lilly May’s story:

AnglicareSA welcomes Leon Immelman to the role of Site Manager at Canterbury Close – a modern, warm and welcoming aged care facility established in 1983 and beautifully redeveloped in 2009.

Leon brings broad management experience and an unwavering approach to customer service –valuable attributes in this ever-changing and exciting industry.

He has extensive commercial experience in senior management and leadership roles both locally and abroad. He has diverse industry experience that encompasses retail, manufacturing, hospitality, recycling and not-for-profit (NFP) sectors. Leon was drawn to the NFP sector some years ago due to its requirement for a strong focus on future viability and consumer directed care.

Earlier this month we launched our Partners For Life ad campaign, a tongue in cheek series of commercials designed to raise awareness of our home care services.

Part one featured the uber lovable Len bantering with his daughter Louise, and so far we’re pleased to say that the response has been exceptional.

In the wake of this great response we’d like to introduce you to our latest dynamic duo, Carol and her son Sean.

Much like its predecessor this commercial uses humour to highlight the importance of connection to family and caring in the lives of our older loved ones.

View part two of Partners For Life here:

At AnglicareSA we provide a range of aged care services including Allied Health ServicesHome Care ServicesResidential Aged CareRespite Care, Palliative Care and Memory Support Units.