Monday, July 22, 2024

Respite team named finalists in care awards

The Anglicare Nalingu Day Respite Centre team in Zillmere Brisbane, have been named as a finalist for the Reconciliation Team award at next month’s annual Anglicare Southern Queensland Excellence Awards.

The award recognises individuals and teams that bring love, care, hope and humility to relationships with First Nations peoples, and through provision of services to all, in a culturally safe and inclusive way.

The winner will be announced at the Excellence Awards Ceremony on November 24th.  

“Staff at Nalingu Day Respite Centre are trained to provide support to carers by offering short-term professional centre-based care to people from all cultural backgrounds,” said Anglicare Southern Queensland Group Manager Home and Community, Sue Montgomery.

“Featuring an extended Dementia Care Program, Nalingu enables carers to take a break and recharge their batteries with peace of mind; and it gives clients the opportunity to spend their day in a way they enjoy, whether that is building friendships, participating in activities or simply relaxing.” 

“Our experienced and qualified team ensure the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of the client are met, with respect for their dignity, self-worth and individuality.” 

The respite centre offers various activities consisting of arts and crafts, quizzes, music, reminiscing, indoor and outdoor games, seated exercises, visits to Bunnings and many more.

The extended dementia respite hours are available for any carer who works, studies or volunteers and finds it difficult to care for a loved one living with dementia.     

“This support is extended to the carers as well as the clients. One of our goals is to support carers so they can continue providing the amazing love and care they give for as long as possible. What we do in part, they do full-time. It is our honour to assist them and to care for their loved ones,” Ms Montgomery said.  

For those who qualify to have their loved ones in the extended dementia care program, the hours are from 6am until 6pm and a person can attend for all or part of the day.   

A photo from the 1998 opening of the respite centre.

One client’s family member says, “The respite centre has been a life saver. Mum loves having fun there, and it gives me time back to achieve what I need to for myself while knowing she is in safe hands.”  

“Mum is able to receive government funding, which helps ease the financial pressures a lot of carers would feel when it comes to seeking assistance.” 

Nalingu opened in 1998 and is an Indigenous word meaning ‘me and you.’  

For more information, visit www.anglicaresq.org.au/carer-support/respite/ or you can call the team on 1300 610 610.

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