CEO Message – Edward Matthies
26 October 2020
Dear residents, relatives and friends,
Thank you to our Kew Garden’s family – to our residents, relatives and friends who have all worked with us to help keep our residents safe during this very difficult time. Our staff continue to work tirelessly around the clock in their efforts to do everything they can to protect, support and comfort our residents. I thank them for the amazing job they do every day. It is testament to how lucky we are to live and work within such a supportive community.
As we have seen, the infection numbers continue to fall across Victoria and in turn it is very pleasing that we are gradually able to move towards resumption of ‘normal’ life again. We have resumed our resident walks in the beautiful Alexandra Gardens, these new freedoms have been embraced and enjoyed by many residents, particularly now the weather is warming up.
You may have also seen our recent blog articles (kewgardens.com.au/blog), showing some of the wonderful work the Lifestyle Department has been busy doing; even holding a mini Olympics, which you can read more about in this edition.
To assist our dedicated staff in their day-to-day work and to take a step back and focus on their own physical and mental health, we have introduced a program called ‘Health Breaks’ – an initiative that encourages employees to take a short break each day to improve their mental and physical health. Staff have responded positively reporting they can already feel the benefits from the support of this fantastic program, run by the team at Enact Health.
Although this year has been a very difficult one for all of us, I am very proud of our team and how together, with the support of you all, we’ve navigated through the challenges we’ve faced. The resilience shown by everyone in 2020 has demonstrated how genuinely strong we are as an aged care community.
We are ready and looking forward to what we hope will be a very positive end to the year!