Pilot program addresses intergenerational change within community

When a unique community program brought together a retirement community, aged care residence, shopping centre and local high school the results were beyond everyone’s expectations.

TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community and Jindalee Aged Care Manager, Steven Pashley said the ten week Shopping Assistance Program, run in conjunction with Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre and Mt Ommaney & Centenary State High School was so successful they are making plans to continue it 2018.

Pampering all part of the service at TriCare James Ommaney

Age is no barrier when it comes to the relationship between a woman and her hairdresser. We confide in them, value their opinions and trust to them with some of our most dramatic makeovers.

Krista O’Callaghan is no exception. She has been hairdressing for over 25 years and counts her job as TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community’s onsite hairdresser as one of her most rewarding.

Every Wednesday and Friday you will find a steady stream of clients coming and going from Krista’s salon. Whether it be a perm, wash and blow wave or a simple cut, everyone looks forward to one-on-one time with Krista and her warm conversation.

“It’s important for people to feel good about themselves, no matter what their age.

I look forward to coming into the salon each week and seeing my clients – I really do love my job,” said Mrs O’Callaghan.

Mrs O’Callaghan says for some clients it’s a social outing. They tell her their stories and she knows all about their children, grand children and great grand children.

“One of my oldest clients is 99. She has a regular appointment and I enjoy catching up on all her news each time she comes in.

Many residents don’t have transport or the ability to get to the local hair salon. I am thrilled if I can pamper them a little and make their lives easier,” said Mrs O’Callaghan.

And her skills don’t stop at hairdressing. Mrs O’Callaghan often helps her clients with the odd technology issue or visits them if they haven’t been well. It’s all part of the service.

For further information contact Village Manager, Steven Pashley on 07 3376 1336.

Village life made easy at TriCare James Ommaney

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a full time maintenance officer on call? Help with changing a porch light, fixing a curtain cord or sweeping up leaves?

At TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community, they have just the person! John McNally has been working as a full time maintenance officer at the Village for a number of years. Not only does he help with repairs and maintenance, he also doubles as the community bus driver, taking residents to the local shopping centre twice a week, and on outings organised by the TriCare James Ommaney social club such as a recent morning tea at the Roma Street Gardens or a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery.

This is one of the many reasons resident Theresia Fischer made the decision to move into TriCare James Ommaney over 12 months ago.

“I had been living in an apartment for eight years. My apartment was on a very busy road, and the constant road noise eventually became unbearable.

“In addition, as the apartment building aged, more maintenance was required and body corporate fees increased dramatically.

“With the help of my family, I sold my apartment and moved in to TriCare James Ommaney – it’s so lovely and peaceful in comparison,” said Mrs Fischer.

TriCare James Ommaney Village Manager, Steven Pashley says living in a retirement village doesn’t mean you lose your independence.

“To the contrary, residents are encouraged do as much as ever; if not more, knowing that other aspects of their life are taken care of.

“One of the most comforting things for residents and their families is knowing maintenance is being taken care of by someone else, and plumbers and electricians are only a phone call away,” said Mr Pashley.

Knitting for a cause

Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon you will hear the click clack of needles, interspersed with the chit chat of voices through the halls of TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community.

It is here that 10 – 12 women meet on a regular basis to knit a variety of garments including beanies, mittens, jumpers and rugs for Brisbane’s needy.

Founders of ‘Knitting for Brisbane’s Needy’ Peter and Karen Croke, rely on people like the residents of TriCare James Ommaney to provide much needed warm clothing for Brisbane and beyond victims of domestic violence, homeless, hospitals, maternity wards and families fallen on hard times.

“We can’t thank the beautiful ladies at TriCare James Ommaney enough for the gorgeous knitwear they create and donate to us every year.

Everything they make is so well received, and appreciated, by those in need,” said Mrs Croke.

It’s a team effort by all the residents at the Village. People who can’t knit donate wool or money to buy wool, and family and friends of residents get involved as well.

TriCare James Ommaney resident, Val Rees, has been involved in the craft group for over six years and loves the feeling she gets from knitting for a cause.

“Everyone works at their own pace, and make what they feel comfortable making, whether it be beanies, mittens or squares for a rug.

We donate knitting items four times a year; in January we donated three garbage bags full of knitted items. It gives us all a great sense of accomplishment each time we send off our knitting,” said Mrs Rees.

The next ‘shipment’ is due to go on May 20, but not before the craft group holds an exhibition of their knitting on May 16 for TriCare James Ommaney residents.

For further information contact Village Manager, Steven Pashley on 07 3376 1336.

Enjoy a healthy social life at TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community

Down a quiet leafy street, west of Brisbane you will find TriCare’s close knit James Ommaney Retirement Community.

Residents are very involved in the day to day goings on at TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community.  One minute they may be welcoming new residents into the Village, the next playing indoor golf or cribbage in the Activities room.

Instrumental in bringing people together at TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community are residents and social committee members, Val Rees and Honor Congram.

“The aim of James Ommaney’s social committee is to promote interaction between residents by providing stimulating activities that residents will enjoy,” said Mrs Rees.

We have a busy social calendar that includes activities inside and out of the Village. This month we are organising a 2 ½ hour cruise on the Brisbane river for residents. We are lucky enough to have our own mini bus and driver which makes activities easier to co-ordinate and provides us with more options,” said Mrs Rees.

Honor Congram has lived at TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community for 9 very happy years and believes the activities are important for everyone’s social and mental well being.

“We are a very inclusive community here at James Ommaney and are very conscious of providing interesting activities that both women and men will enjoy. 

There is a huge array of weekly activities occurring including craft afternoons, games, concerts, exercise, billiards, swimming club, movie afternoons…..the list goes on,” says Mrs Congram.

For more information please contact Village Manager, Steven Pashley on 07 3376 1336.