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Chief Executive Officer Update

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Trevor Patti, Chief Executive Officer

The last few months have flown by yet again. St Paul’s as an organisation has been focused heavily on a number of topics over the last few months. We have been preparing for what is a very deadly flu season. There has been plenty of media coverage about how bad Influenza has been very early in the flu season.  We have been fortunate that no cases have hit our organisation thus far.

We have also been placing a strong focus on Staff health and wellbeing and are currently working on implementing a dementia friendly community initiative in conjunction with our local MP and the Hahndorf Business and
Tourism Group to make a safe community for people living with dementia and allow them more independence.

Watch this space there is a lot going on. Hope all of you and your families are well.

October and November have been periods of significant change within St Paul’s and certainly a very busy month for the Aged Care Sector.

Below is a communication, issued on November 4th, from the Chair of the St Paul’s Board to Residents, families and friends of St Paul’s.                                

 Organizational Announcement.

 The Board of Directors has the responsibility to ensure that all operational and governance aspects of St Paul’s are functioning at a high level, delivering the right outcomes for our residents, families, the community and our staff.

 In recognizing the changing requirements and expectations of the Aged Care and Retirement Living sectors now and into the future, a comprehensive and thorough review of the organizational structure of St Paul’s Lutheran Homes has been undertaken by the Board of Directors.

 After thorough consideration I am pleased to announce the following changes to the Organizational structure of St Paul’s which became effective on the 31st of October 2019.

  •  Mel Pagliarulo has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer and Board Director and will move into the newly created and important role of Manager Residential Aged Care.
  • Trevor Patti will move into the role of Chief Executive Office and continue as an Executive Board Director.
  • Sophie Bretag, People and Culture Manager will expand her responsibilities, taking ownership of Hospitality Services
  • The duties of the Clinical Services Manager will be absorbed into the role of Manager Residential Aged Care.

The Board believes that these changes will position St Paul’s well to meet the challenges of the future and strengthen our ability to consistently deliver on our mission: “To improve the health and wellbeing of our older community through care, services and accommodation”.

 Your sincerely,

 Michael Gladigau            

Board Chairperson                           

I am honored to be entrusted with the role of Chief Executive Officer for St Paul’s and to be working side by side with a very talented and dedicated Senior Management and Operational Management Team.

Regards,

Trevor

Our Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our older community through quality care, services and accommodation.

The Countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway. This week, we commenced our Aged Care Resident Family and Friends Christmas lunches. St Paul’s Retirement Living Residents also enjoyed a Christmas lunch with the highest attendance we have seen in many years. We have been delighted to welcome and host many family and friends at St Paul’s to enjoy some Christmas spirit over a meal and a dash of wine.

We also enjoyed a Staff and Family Christmas Fun Day on the 1st of December. It was a great day particularly enjoyed by the many children who were there to take part in face painting, balloon art, the bouncy castle and of course plenty of Christmas treats. The highlight of course, was the arrival of Father Christmas (who may have been one of our delightful residents in Christmas disguise !!). To ‘round out’ the Christmas events, it was our pleasure to recently host a Christmas lunch for the fantastic group of volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to St Paul’s and our residents.

As we now get closer to Christmas, we will also see a few more events happening including visits from local Hills Schools performing Christmas carols… all in all, a busy Christmas month for St Paul’s.

On behalf of all staff and volunteers at St Paul’s, I wish all our residents, their families and friends, a wonderful and safe Christmas period.

Kind Regards and Merry Christmas,

Trevor

 Our Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of our older community through quality care, services and accommodation.

17/01/2020

 

Welcome to 2020 with St Paul’s Lutheran Homes Hahndorf.

The St Paul’s community if off to busy and productive start to 2020, with many exciting activities and projects in the planning and/or delivery stage.

One of most significant projects underway has been the procurement process of a ‘best in class’ Call Bell / Nurse Call System which will replace an older system that has served us well for many years. The new system will greatly enhance our ability to respond to our residents when they require assistance and will strengthen our security and resident safety. The new system is expected to ‘go live’ during the second quarter of the calendar year.

Recently I launched the St Paul’s ‘‘Resident Representative” communication group. This will allow   St Paul’s to communicate directly with the family member, relative or friend, nominated by our residents, thus keeping them informed on important matters.

I am delighted to welcome some new staff to the St Paul’s team including Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Personal Carers. At the same time, we have celebrated 3 staff members reaching their 10 Years of Service milestone, which is a great achievement.

There continues to be a great deal of media coverage about the Aged Care Sector including the Royal Commission and more recently the financial viability and sustainability of the sector and providers. In a recent communication I sent to residents, staff and resident representatives, I highlighted the fact that financial pressure is a factor all Aged Care providers are grappling with and St Paul’s is not immune from that. Having said that, St Paul’s has been and remains in a sound and viable financial position largely due to the ongoing effort of our Management Team supported by our Board of Directors and the robust processes and governance we have in place. Our future is a bright and positive one and as a proud not-for-profit organisation, we remain focused on our residents and delivering to our Mission and Purpose which is to ‘improve the health and wellbeing of our older community through quality care, services and accommodation”

 

Regards

 

Trevor Patti

Chief Executive Officer

Welcome Marianne Brooke to the St Paul’s Team                   17 03 2020

I am delighted to announce that Marianne Brooke has been appointed to the important role of Residential Aged Care Manager with St Paul’s Lutheran Homes Hahndorf.

Marianne is energetic and passionate and has 25+ years’ experience in the health care sector including hospitals, community health and aged care.

Holding qualifications in Health Sciences, a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Education, Marianne is exceptionally qualified and will be an asset to St Paul’s.

Marianne lives locally in the Adelaide Hills and her work experience in the health care sector is expansive. Including previous roles such as:-

  • Clinical Placement Educator for the Flinders University
  • Various Clinical Management roles and
  • Clinical Nurse Consultant positions.

Marianne has extensive knowledge and experience in the Aged Care Sector and is especially attuned to the Aged Care Quality and Safety standards which came into effect on July 1, 2019. She will lead, manage and work with an experienced, motivated and passionate team of Clinical, Registered and Enrolled Nurses as well as a dedicated team of Carers and Lifestyle staff.

As St Paul’s Residential Aged Care Manager, her responsibilities cover all aspects of St Paul’s Clinical, Care and Wellbeing with a prime focus on ensuring the best care for our residents and compliance with all legislative requirements.

I look forward to Marianne joining the team on Monday the 30th of March, 2020 😊.

An Important message from the St Paul’s and the Department of Health regarding preventing the spread of COVID 19.

St Paul’s prime focus is on maximising the health and wellbeing of your loved ones, our residents. This morning the Prime Minister announced further restrictions within the Australian Community and Aged Care.

The St Paul’s Senior Management Team, with full support from our Board of Directors, has decided to implement the following measures, all aimed at protecting our residents.

These measures will apply until further notice:-

  • All group visits have been cancelled and internal group activities postponed or restricted.
  • Social distancing will be practiced as best as possible with our resident community.
  • Reinforcement of the requirements for self-isolation amongst staff will be restated and reinforced.
  • Partial ‘lock down’ will come into effect Thursday 19 03 2020, meaning…
    • Visiting hours will apply between 10.00am to 2.00pm. Monday to Saturday – St Paul’s will be in ‘lock down’ during all other days/hours.
    • Families visiting during these ‘open’ hours are required to limit those visits to 2 people per visit and for short periods of time.
    • Families will be required to restrict their movement within St Paul’s and be with their loved one either in their room or in outside gardens but avoiding common areas and applying social distancing measures.
    • Children 16 years or under should not enter St Paul’s under any circumstances.
    • As visitors enter St Paul’s, they will be required to used effective hand hygiene and read a statement to confirm they meet the criteria to enter the home.

We understand that these measures may be viewed by some as drastic, however, St Paul’s is of the view that these measures are required and prudent and in the interest of our residents and staff.

The Government and Department of Health have been very clear in stating that the situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to monitor the official guidance and adopt measures advised as a minimum approach to managing this situation.