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Stay Aware to Stay Safe

At Umbrella we want everyone to Stay Aware to Stay Safe.

We are still in a pandemic, and not out of danger yet.

Remember

🤲 Wash your hands often – for at least 20 seconds

👩🏾‍🦳➖👨‍🦳 Stay 2 arms’ length (or 1.5 metres) from other people,this is a safe distance

💪 We are asking everyone to save all their hugs and kisses until COVID19 has gone don’t shake hands, do the elbow bump instead

🧴Use hand sanitiser when out and about.

🏡 Stay at home if feeling unwell.
Even if just a little unwell, it’s best to be safe than sorry.

Did we mention …. Wash your hands often!

If we keep on being aware, we will all stay safe.
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Stay Aware to Stay Safe 
 
At Umbrella we want everyone to Stay Aware to Stay Safe.
 
We are still in a pandemic, and not out of danger yet.
 
Remember
 
 🤲 Wash your hands often – for at least 20 seconds
 
👩🏾‍🦳➖👨‍🦳 Stay 2 arms’ length (or 1.5 metres) from other people,this is a safe distance
 
💪 We are asking everyone to save all their hugs and kisses until COVID19 has gone don’t shake hands, do the elbow bump instead
 
🧴Use hand sanitiser when out and about.
 
🏡 Stay at home if feeling unwell.
Even if just a little unwell, it’s best to be safe than sorry.
 
Did we mention …. Wash your hands often!
 
If we keep on being aware, we will all stay safe.

Victoria had its lowest case number today for many weeks, which is a fantastic news not just for all Victorians but for all of us around the country. We are also sending our condolences to all the families who lost a loved one to this horrible diseases.

We know this is still not the end of the journey, and there is a long road ahead. So from our families to yours, we are sending well wishes in our languages.

We would like to also wish all the best to our colleagues in the aged care industry. We are thinking of you. Stay strong and stay healthy!
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We are hiring!

Umbrella Inc is looking for Home Support Workers who are passionate about supporting seniors in their own homes.

It is a casual employment position.

The position of Support Worker may involve a variety of duties depending on which service/s the client requires including:

- Domestic assistance duties
- Personal care duties
- Individual support such as shopping
- Respite
- Transport

The successful applicant will:

- Have a genuine interest in working with ageing clients from culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBT backgrounds
- Be able to work independently in clients’ homes
- Possess good written and oral communication skills
- Hold a current driver’s licence and have access to reliable transport
- Be physically fit to undertake the position duties
- Speak language/s other than English (Polish, Italian, Russian, Macedonian, Former Yugoslavian are highly desirable)

To obtain the Position Description, and the employment application form, please go to Umbrella’s web page umbrellacommunitycare.com.au/about-us/work-for-us/

A current resume and a completed Umbrella employment application form must be submitted to recruitment@umbrellacommunitycare.com.au or posted to Umbrella Inc. PO Box 311 Belmont 6984.
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We are hiring!

Umbrella Inc is looking for Home Support Workers who are passionate about supporting seniors in their own homes. 

It is a casual employment position.  

The position of Support Worker may involve a variety of duties depending on which service/s the client requires including: 

- Domestic assistance duties
- Personal care duties
- Individual support such as shopping
- Respite
- Transport

The successful applicant will:  

- Have a genuine interest in working with ageing clients from culturally and linguistically diverse and LGBT backgrounds
- Be able to work independently in clients’ homes 
- Possess good written and oral communication skills
- Hold a current driver’s licence and have access to reliable transport 
- Be physically fit to undertake the position duties
- Speak language/s other than English (Polish, Italian, Russian, Macedonian, Former Yugoslavian are highly desirable)

To obtain the Position Description, and the employment application form, please go to Umbrella’s web page https://umbrellacommunitycare.com.au/about-us/work-for-us/ 

A current resume and a completed Umbrella employment application form must be submitted to recruitment@umbrellacommunitycare.com.au or posted to  Umbrella Inc. PO Box 311 Belmont 6984.

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3 days ago

Umbrella Community Care

Are you looking for more information about the Australian aged care system in your own language?

Contact us today to find out how you may be able to access home care or residential care services via My Aged Care.

We can provide information in your own language about:

✅ how the aged care system works
✅How to organise home care or residential care
✅ The different ways that aged care is funded
✅ How to find local services

Call Vinny on 9275 4411 or email v.fernandez@umbrellacommunitycare.com.au

The Umbrella Inc.'s Care Navigator Trial is part of the Aged Care Navigators Trial led by COTA Australia and funded by the Federal Government (Department of Health). For more information go to www.agedcarenavigators.org.au
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Highlighted program of the month - HOME CARE PACKAGES

[History of our programs and services]

Although Home Care Packages are a relatively new addition to our services, we have already been through a lot!

Since 2016, when Umbrella Inc. got its first approval to deliver the Home Care Package program, we have serviced over 100 seniors. In 2018, Umbrella Inc was also audited and passed our first Quality Review for the Commonwealth Home Care Standards with flying colours!Umbrella Inc. has successfully passed its first Quality Review for the Commonwealth Home Care Standards without any recommendations!

The nationwide recognised standards for Commonwealth home care services are designed to make sure that organisations provide the best possible care to seniors in the community. The outcome of the quality review recognises Umbrella’s overall management systems and our successful Home Care Package program and demonstrates our commitment to industry-respected practices.
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Highlighted program of the month - HOME CARE PACKAGES

[History of our programs and services]

Although Home Care Packages are a relatively new addition to our services, we have already been through a lot! 

Since 2016, when Umbrella Inc. got its first approval to deliver the Home Care Package program, we have serviced over 100 seniors. In 2018, Umbrella Inc was also audited and passed our first Quality Review for the Commonwealth Home Care Standards with flying colours!

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Congratulations to Umbrella 💖

Congratulations Umbrella team, well done

*Congratulation* best effert

Best team ever. 💓💓💓

We are the best🥳🥳

Congratulations 🥳

Well done 🥂

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1 week ago

Umbrella Community Care

A day in the life of an Aged Care Home Support WorkerIt’s another early Tuesday morning and I am already in my car on the way to my first client for the day.

I am a home care support worker.

My job is to help the elderly in living in their homes.

This has been my job close to a decade and can honestly say, I love it. Its hard work but the rewards outweigh the demands.

At 7am, I knock on Mrs Stanbury’s front door. I open the unlocked door and call out to her,

“Good morning!”, “its Caitlin from Homecare”.

She is expecting me. we have a routine which is the same each morning. I have been coming to Mrs Stanbury for just over a year after she had a fall. She is mostly independent but just needs a bit of extra reassurance in the shower.

I am allocated 30 minutes with her.

She has already chosen her clothes for the day and I make her breakfast while she is in the shower. She is slow to move but I can’t tell her to hurry up. Even if she wanted to move quicker, she physically couldn’t.

I am always looking at my watch to make sure I don’t get behind.

I help her get dressed. When I stop to think about it, dressing is such an intimate task. But I have done this so often my focus is on making sure Mrs Stanbury is comfortable and she looks good in the dress she has chosen to wear today. I make sure the matching cardigan is close by just in case it cools down later.

I get her settled at the kitchen table with her tea and toast and her morning medications.

I quickly make a progress note to say everything is ok and she appears well.

I make a final check on Mrs Stanbury and she assures me all is ok. We say goodbye until Thursday.

I collect my things and back in the car bang on 7.30am.

Next up is a quick visit a few minutes’ drive away.

Mr Astley is well into his nineties and advancing memory loss due to dementia.

He recognises me as the support worker from Homecare, but doesn’t know my name, so he always refers to me as ‘love’.

I am here just to make sure Mr Astley takes his morning medication.

I am allocated just 15 minutes for this task.

However, because I am the only person he will see today, I always end up spending extra time here.

I make sure he has eaten and there is food in the fridge for the day.

Mr Astley’s family watch out for him, but they all lead their own busy lives.

I ask Mr Astley if he is well and he tells me he is lonely. I know he misses his wife who passed away several years ago.

I make him a cup of tea and spend several precious minutes chatting with him. I tell him about the football game from the weekend. He seems genuinely pleased when I tell him my team won.

I wave goodbye from the car and pull out from Mr Astley’s driveway as he looks out from his front window.

A short drive away is Mrs and Mr Kermode. This beautiful couple have spent most of their lives together. They both look after and out for each other. Mrs Kermode has Alzheimer’s and Mr Kermode is always in pain due to arthritis. I’m here just to pop in make sure all is ok with them both. I have 30 minutes.

Before I knock on the door, I collect the mail from the letterbox. While I don’t usually do this – its been raining and the pathway is slippery and wet.

Mrs Kermode has medication which she is often reluctant to take. I spend some time with her gently encouraging her as she has trouble swallowing the bigger tablet.

Mr Kermode asks me to help him put on his shoes.

I make them both breakfast and clean the dishes from the night before.

The couple have an old cat which I often feed as I am not sure Mr Kermode can bend down to the floor to fill up his food bowl. Feeding pets is not listed as a task on the care plan but this is one of the many added extras, I take care of.

I head into the bathroom and hang up the towels and bathmat. I don’t want either of them to trip or fall over something left on the floor.

I make the bed and prepare sandwiches for lunch.

Mr Kermode asks how my holiday plans are going.

The couple have travelled extensively, and Mr Kermode has given me some valuable tips on places to visit while away.

I wish I had more time to sit and ask about their travels, but I need to get to the next client as I am already running late.

Next up its Mrs Deen. She lives in a unit in a retirement village. I am here for domestic assistance. Its just to help with the heavy housework. Mrs Deen takes pride in her tiny unit – it’s important to her the floor is vacuumed and mopped weekly. Mrs Deen sits outside under her patio while I zip around cleaning. It doesn’t take me long. Mrs Deen plugs in the kettle and knows I love a cup of green tea for morning tea. She sets the table and we have a great old chat about everything and anything. Mrs Deen is a bit of a gossip around the village and looks forward to sharing her titbits with me each time I come. I thank her for the tea and biscuits and get on my way again.

Just as I arrive at the next client, the Homecare office call and ask if I can cover a weekend respite job. It’s a long way from home but Lola says there are no other staff available and the family really need a break. I reluctantly say yes. I wish there were more support workers – it seems they are always asking me to work more hours.

My final client is also domestic assistance, but the house is huge.

Max lives here by himself but can’t bear the thought of leaving his vegetable and rose garden. Max spends most days outside and the garden is magnificent and abundant.

I am rostered here for 90 minutes. I start my cleaning as soon as possible as I know there is a lot to do. The vacuum cleaner is old and heavy. I have asked Max it upgrade and purchase a newer lighter model, but he doesn’t seem to think this is a priority.

I make do with the limited cleaning supplies and do the best I can.

After about an hour, Max calls me outside to show his new seedlings he planted a couple of weeks ago and what’s ready for picking.

He always fills a bag of herbs and vegetables for me to take home.

I go back inside and finish up by taking out the rubbish to the bin.

I wave goodbye and tell Max; I will see him next week and remind him again he needs a new vacuum cleaner.

I am exhausted as I sit in my car to catch my breath.

Another working day over. It will be similar tomorrow but different people.

When you work with people you never quite know what’s going to happen or how they will surprise you.

Just remember as you get older, there is a team of support workers ready to support you to stay living in your home.

We love our work.

Our clients value us.

We don’t want a gold medal or a Logie – just appreciation for the work we do every day.

let’s celebrate aged care workers

by Marleen Roch

This is a work of fiction based on real life situations. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
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A day in the life of an Aged Care Home Support Worker

Today is Aged Care Employee Day!

It is the official day to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people who work and volunteer in the aged care industry across Australia including our wonderful and dedicated staff.

We are proud to say that Umbrella Inc has employed over 600 people over the years, predominantly from migrant background and provided them with a new career opportunity in aged care. Many of them proceeded to be managers and senior leaders at Umbrella Inc or at other organisations increasing diversity in the aged care workforce with qualified and well-trained bilingual workers.

So today we say thank you for choosing this industry and for making a huge difference in the lives of our elderly members.
You can post your well wishes in the comment section!

#ACED2020
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Today is Aged Care Employee Day!

It is the official day to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of people who work and volunteer in the aged care industry across Australia including our wonderful and dedicated staff.

We are proud to say that Umbrella Inc has employed over 600 people over the years, predominantly from migrant background and provided them with a new career opportunity in aged care. Many of them proceeded to be managers and senior leaders at Umbrella Inc or at other organisations increasing diversity in the aged care workforce with qualified and well-trained bilingual workers. 

So today we say thank you for choosing this industry and for making a huge difference in the lives of our elderly members. 
You can post your well wishes in the comment section!

#aced2020

Comment on Facebook Today is Aged Care ...

My life would be nothing without you guys. Love you all Umbrella employee and volunteers are the best ever xxxx

Best wishes and a BiG THANK YOU for all wonderful work that you’ve been doing! 👍

Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

Thankyou for all you do!!

Thanks very much

🙌

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Highlighted Program of the Month - HOME CARE PACKAGES

"You do such an important job that makes a huge difference in senior life like my dads. Thank you for going beyond the call of duty. I'm extremely grateful for all your help."

Introducing our award-winning Home Care Package Services (HCP). Funded by the federal government, a Home Care Package is a coordinated package of services which provides assistance for people who need support to stay safe and well at home. Services linked to the packages are tailored to the person’s individual care needs.

Our HCP program, which was launched in 2016, builds on out experience and skills of the last 20 years in providing innovative home care services in the Perth and Peel regions.
Whether it is injury, dementia, or just challenges that come with old age, Umbrella can help you or your loved one.

Umbrella will match you with a support worker who speaks your language, ensuring the service is not only truly personal, culturally harmonious but also stands the test of time. Our support workers help with the tasks that can seem overwhelming, such as cooking, laundry, cleaning and going for shopping. But we do more than that. We understand that what you want most for your loved one is safety, comfort, companionship and someone who genuinely cares. And that’s who we are. Because caring is our passion.

How can we help you?

🧹 Keeping your house clean and home maintenance.
🌿 Maintaining your garden.
🛍 Taking you for shopping or doing the shopping for you.
🛁 Personal care such as showering or grooming.
👩‍⚕️ Ongoing nursing care and assessments.
💊 Assisting with medication prompts.
📅 Taking you to medical, official or personal appointments.
☎ Organising allied health services including occupational therapy.
♿ Assistive technology including equipment purchase or hire.
💃 Social support activities to maintain your connections
💞 Respite Care
🚍 Travel (Transport assistance)

If you would like to learn more talk to our Home Care Package Team today! Call Jolanta or Kasia on 9275 4411.
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Highlighted Program of the Month - HOME CARE PACKAGES

You do such an important job that makes a huge difference in senior life like my dads. Thank you for going beyond the call of duty. Im extremely grateful for all your help.

Introducing our award-winning Home Care Package Services (HCP). Funded by the federal government, a Home Care Package is a coordinated package of services which provides assistance for people who need support to stay safe and well at home. Services linked to the packages are tailored to the person’s individual care needs.

Our HCP program, which was launched in 2016, builds on out experience and skills of the last 20 years in providing innovative home care services in the Perth and Peel regions. 
Whether it is injury, dementia, or just challenges that come with old age, Umbrella can help you or your loved one. 

Umbrella will match you with a support worker who speaks your language, ensuring the service is not only truly personal, culturally harmonious but also stands the test of time. Our support workers help with the tasks that can seem overwhelming, such as cooking, laundry, cleaning and going for shopping. But we do more than that. We understand that what you want most for your loved one is safety, comfort, companionship and someone who genuinely cares. And that’s who we are. Because caring is our passion.

How can we help you?

🧹 Keeping your house clean and home maintenance.
🌿 Maintaining your garden.
🛍 Taking you for shopping or doing the shopping for you.
🛁 Personal care such as showering or grooming.
👩‍⚕️ Ongoing nursing care and assessments.
💊 Assisting with medication prompts.
📅 Taking you to medical, official or personal appointments.
☎ Organising allied health services including occupational therapy.
♿ Assistive technology including equipment purchase or hire.
💃 Social support activities to maintain your connections
💞 Respite Care
🚍 Travel (Transport assistance)

If you would like to learn more talk to our Home Care Package Team today! Call Jolanta or Kasia on 9275 4411.
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