2017 has come and gone with Yukana residents reflecting on the year that was.
Looking back over the past twelve months, they fondly remember times with friends and family, as well as improvements to their home at Yukana. All of which made life easier and much more enjoyable. Improvements were implemented with a mindset of creating exceptional community, providing exceptional care and offering exceptional value.
Throughout the year
The year began with a focus on roses. The expansion of the front rose garden and installation of a new rose garden at the side of the Village meant residents were able to enjoy the colour and beauty of more than 1,400 rose bushes blooming throughout the year. Of course, one can never have too many rose bushes, so we look forward to 2018 when this number is set to increase to 1,500.
Around the middle of 2017, residents at the Total Care Facility experienced a trial for a new meal service. Designed to create a more intimate dining experience, meals were delivered to eight to 12 residents in each of the Courts. This was well received with residents commenting how much they enjoyed the community atmosphere. The new meal service is expected to be rolled out on a permanent basis in 2018.
Towards the end of the year, major renovations were underway. With the average age of residents being in their late 80s, their safety and comfort continued to be at the forefront. Improvements to paving were completed and will continue into 2018. Patios and ramps were added to a number of units to offer more value for residents and to enable them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. A new golf buggy was purchased to safely transport residents within the Village.
Rounding off 2017 for Yukana residents
By year’s end, more roles had been introduced, increasing the number of carers and nursing staff at Yukana. Fresh bread was baking in Hebron Court, providing residents with memories of past years and prompting conversation. We said a fond farewell to long time staff member Sue Kirkegaard. After just over 10 years of service to Yukana, Sue handed over the role of Relationship Coordinator to new staff member, Melanie Mullen.
As we move into 2018 we look forward to seeing what this year holds for our Yukana family!