Food is such an important part of our residents' daily lives, and in November our leadership team had an opportunity to sample a beautiful home-cooked dinner at the newly-opened MacKillop House Norwest.
The leadership team spent the night at the Home, in a once-in-a-lifetime experience which included sampling a taste of the new menu and experiencing sleeping in a resident's room.
"Food is often people's greatest fear when moving into aged care, and we need to showcase and celebrate the wonderful work our dieticians, chefs and catering assistants do at our Homes," says Karen Borg, Catholic Healthcare CEO.
"MacKillop House's chef, Shiran and catering assistant, Pradip treated us to a beautiful meal including cauliflower soup, roast chicken, baked potatoes and vegies, followed by sticky date pudding with ice-cream for dessert. It was a real treat." says Brett, CIO.
Above: The leadership team enjoy a meal at MacKillop House Norwest
Julie Farquhar, the Home's new Residential Manager, joined the leadership team for dinner where she shared her insights and perspective on the new Home.
"The home is beautifully appointed with peaceful outdoor garden terraces for the residents to also enjoy," says Julie.
The leadership team retired for the night in the Home's brand new bedrooms, waking in the morning to the peaceful view of St Joseph's Baulkham Hills - its jacaranda trees in full bloom.
"The rooms are so spacious and quiet, and there are a lot of open spaces and light," says Therese, General Manager, Home & Community Services.
"It was such a special opportunity to experience what the residents' daily lives are like – and a real insight into their 'lived experiences'.
"Without a lock on the door, it was a reminder of how important it is to respect residents' privacy and dignity – it's such a simple thing, but so important."
Without a doubt, the overnight stay was a novel experience for our leadership team and a great way for them to witness just how Catholic Healthcare delivers our five core Values of compassion, respect, honesty, hospitality and excellence in real time.
A special private tour for parish priests was arranged in early November, before the official opening of MacKillop House Norwest.
To take a tour of MacKillop House Norwest click on the link