There are so many people who have lived their lives and left a legacy to the rest of us. By this it does not mean it is necessarily the amazing legacy Neil Armstrong left from his first walk on the moon, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” There was also the wonderful plaque: “We came in peace for all mankind.” and disc with messages from those who supported the space programme. It appeared we had a united world on this amazing life changing event.

Others do every day, small “good works” bringing about change and improvement in small, but equally important ways. These legacies should not go unremarked. There are so many occasions when the staff at Prom Country Aged Care Inc. (PCAC) go beyond their job description, make the extra effort to ensure our residents receive the very best of care, trying to meet their every need. We are not always successful in what we do, but we have the “We Can” attitude and do try.

Our volunteers must not go unremarked, because they too are remarkable. Our auxiliaries at both Prom View Lodge and Banksia Lodge, fund raise tirelessly to allow us to purchase the extras for our residents; provide them with amazing special morning and afternoon teas; other volunteers play music and provide varied entertainment such as reading, craft, Bingo, Hoy, taking them drives in the bus, gardening with them, having fun with happy hour and other celebrations and so many more wonderful ways to help us provide a fabulous quality of life and lifestyle programs. So many I cannot mention them all. The visiting schoolchildren provide great joy when they sing and perform for our residents (and I always try to attend their entertaining performances). There is something very special and magical about children!

Our Committee of Management works tirelessly, all volunteers, to ensure PCAC is governed well and remains viable. People don’t realise the amount of work our volunteers do until they become volunteers themselves.

Finally, we are so blessed in this rural location to have the extensive medical services and hospital services available. Local communities and our residential cohorts receive amazing medical and hospital care; and because we are all about our residents and the community, we work together to ensure the best outcome for them all.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

True Inspiration!

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further discussion about any aspect of residential aged care. As I have said in previous columns, going into aged care residential services is not a death sentence; it is just a change of address. With the Eden Alternative Philosophy it is also a journey of change to resident focussed care, a journey of living and life.