- Wear something bright or colourful
- Approach from the front (don’t tap on the back or shoulder)
- Introduce yourself with an explanation
- Smile and make eye contact
- Sit at the same level, perhaps touch their hand if appropriate
- Speak simply, one comment at a time
- Listen and give time for answers or comments
- Be positive and reassuring
- Be patient
- Accept Incorrect statements as they may be caused by memory loss or faulty logic
- Acknowledge the emotions behind the words
- Take a magazine, postcard, flower catalogue
- Play a game - checkers, dominoes, etc.
- Listen to a CD - familiar music, hymns or songs
- Watch a DVD of flowers, gardens, water views
- Reminisce about the past, people or places
- Look at photographs or illustrated books
- Read a passage from their favourite book
- Smile, and share laughter
St Brigid’s Green, Maroubra is excited to be the first Aged Care Home in Australia to be trialing the new app Care Konnect. This mobile phone app has been designed to help residents, their family and friends to stay connected, and to keep up-to-date with what’s been happening at St Brigid’s Green. This is something we have wanted to do for a long time, and we think it is going to be a positive step into the future for all of us in the St Brigid’s Green community.
- A newsfeed which you can scroll through to view photos and statuses.
- A calendar so our residents and their loved ones can know what activities and events are already planned.
- A chat function. On Care Konnect there will be the option for individual or group chats between St Brigid’s Green team members, resident families and friends.
Wow, the St Brigid’s Green Open Day was such a great morning! Last Saturday, our Independent Retirement Living and Aged Care Village in Maroubra opened to its doors to the public. Throughout the morning we welcomed around 300 people into the Greengate Village to show them what life at St Brigid’s Green is all about.
The Village Green was abuzz all morning with residents and visitors gathering to enjoy the live entertainment and a sausage sizzle out in the sun. We loved to see so many of our residents dancing along to the music, it really added to the already fantastic atmosphere around the Village. Outside on the Village Green has always been our favourite place to entertain at St Brigid’s Green; as the weather starts to warm up we will be hosting more resident and family events outside in the heart of our vibrant seniors’ community.
Inside, we ran a constant stream of tours throughout our Boutique Aged Care Home and the Retirement Village. It was nice to see so many people from the local Maroubra community showing an interest in our Village, either for themselves or for a loved one. St Brigid’s Green is an Integrated Care Village offering all levels of care, from Independent Living with the option for Assisted Living in your own apartment, to 24-hour care in our beautiful Aged Care Home.
Whilst also manning the barbecue, Alan, our Head Chef, put on a fantastic morning tea full of cakes, fruit and cheese platters. At St Brigid’s Green, we always believe that no celebration is complete without delicious food. Our Maroubra Village prides itself on providing fresh and nutritious meals to our residents. Each week, many of our residents choose to eat dinner in the Dining Room with friends and family – the seasonal menu has something for everyone and our commercial kitchen is equipped to cater to our residents’ individual dietary requirements.
A big thank you goes out to the team at St Brigid’s Green, not only were they hard at work, but they still took the time to chat to visitors and create a great environment at the Village. An even bigger thank you to our residents for welcoming so many people into their community: your friendly smiles and helpful information made our visitors feel welcome, and allowed them to appreciate what a special place St Brigid’s Green is.
The Open Day was a fantastic success, and we’re glad we could showcase our Village to local seniors, as well as interact with the Maroubra community. Finally, thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy weekend to attend the St Brigid’s Green Open Day. We hope to see you all again soon.
If you would like to learn more about Independent Retirement Living or the Boutique Aged Care Home at St Brigid’s Green, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you missed out on the Open Day, please call us on 02 8097 1775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to book an appointment for you to take a tour around our vibrant seniors’ community in the heart of Maroubra.
Join us to find out why our residents love Village life at St Brigid’s Green!
Free entry - everyone welcome.
Saturday 2nd September 2017 - 9.30am to 1.30pm.
Live Entertainment | Village Tours | Gourmet Sausage Sizzle | Delicious High Tea
Maroubra NSW 2035
Spring is just around the corner, and this quarter’s Village Green is in bloom with all of the latest news from the Greengate Villages. A lot has been happening at our Retirement Villages and Boutique Aged Care Homes these past few months. As usual, our residents have been busy bees with plenty of social events and activities to attend. The Greengate team and residents are all looking forward to our upcoming events now that the weather is starting to warm up – hopefully we will see you there!
Winter is well and truly here, and this quarter's Village Green is as fresh as those winter mornings. Greengate has seen a lot of excitement this past quarter, with St Luke’s Green, Woolloongabba opening its doors in April. It’s been a pleasure getting to know our latest residents better as they settle into their new homes in the Independent Retirement Apartments and the Residential Aged Care Home.
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Since opening, St Luke’s Green has come to life and the community areas have been constantly abuzz with friends catching up for coffee in the café, and families meeting for barbecues on the Village Green. We still have a range of apartments available at St Luke’s Green, and we will continue to hold open days over the coming few months. We would love for you to come and take a tour around the village – it’s more beautiful than we could have imagined. We are also excited for the reopening of St Luke’s Church on the 18th of June for the Feast of Corpus Christi. The Church has been lovingly restored and it is going to be a time to celebrate.
Just because it’s been busy in Queensland, does not mean things have slowed down on-site at St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah. This past quarter we celebrated the completion of the concrete structure with a Topping Out Ceremony. Many members of the local community and Mulitplex Team attended, including Monsignor Micek from St Patrick’s Church next door. It was a special afternoon and got us even more excited for the completion of St Patrick’s Green.
The construction of St Patrick’s Green has been powering along, and the guys on-site are already focusing on the interiors and bringing the display apartments to life. From the apartments you can see right across to the Sydney city skyline, across Botany Bay and down to the Georges River – St Patrick’s Green is perfectly positioned to make the most of the Sydney lifestyle. Our display apartments will be open for viewing towards the end of July and we encourage you to visit us on-site to take a look – they’re going to be stunning. It won’t be long before we are opening the doors to St Patrick’s Green as well!
St Brigid’s Green in Maroubra has also had an exciting past few months. The vibrant seniors’ community at St Brigid’s Green has seen wedding anniversaries, numerous outings to stage plays and a 100th birthday – there’s always something going on. Our Boutique Aged Care Home in Maroubra currently has vacancies. If you or a loved one are looking for quality care, with a variety of social activities on offer, please get in contact with us today.
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Village Green. If you would like any further information on any of Greengate’s Integrated Care Villages or would like to discuss reserving an apartment, please don't hesitate to call us on 02 9256 5600 or email us at email@example.com.
Last Friday there was excitement in the air at St Brigid’s Green, Maroubra with a milestone birthday celebration. Angela De Domizio, a favourite resident in the St Brigid’s Green Aged Care Home, celebrated her 100th birthday on the 17th of March.
Angela’s family and friends from the village attended the party to enjoy some shandies and birthday cake. The Mayor, Noel De Souza, also attended the birthday celebrations to present Angela with her much anticipated letter from the Queen. It was a lovely party, with the music consisting of Angela’s favourite songs from the past hundred years.
Angela, one of the most spirited ladies at St Brigid’s Green, originally hails from Egypt. She moved to Australia in her youth to settle in Sydney with her husband and son. Since moving into the Aged Care Home in 2015, Angela has been an active member of the community and has always been happy to share her culture with other residents. We tried to catch Angela on Friday afternoon to ask her what her secret to ageing so well is, but she had already left with her family to go to a concert!
The staff at St Brigid’s Green all love talking to Angela and have learned many things from her, including the correct way to make an Italian pizza and many historical facts about Egypt. Patrick Heanue, the village’s Lifestyle Coordinator, said ‘Angela is a frequent attendee of many of our activities here, and she truly epitomizes the phrase Living life to the full.’ Happy 100th Birthday to Angela, may she have many happy years ahead of her.
If you would like any further information on St Brigid’s Green, or any of our other Greengate Care Villages, please don't hesitate to contact us Megan on 02 8097 1775, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re so glad that it’s Autumn, with the change of season bringing some much needed cooler weather and this quarter's edition of the Village Green. As always, the Greengate offices have been a hub of activity. With St Luke’s Green in Woolloongabba soon to open, and everything full-steam ahead on-site at St Patrick’s Green, the time has just flown by.
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Up at St Luke’s Green, we are currently preparing for our Aged Care Open Day on 22 April. This will be a fabulous opportunity for the public to come along and see the Village, as well as to meet some of our Care Team. The Open Day will run from 10am-4pm, so if you’re in the area, we’d love for you to come and say hello.
It’s also exciting times at St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah, with the final concrete slab being poured. All of the buildings have reached their full height, and the views from the top of The O’Farrell building are nothing short of spectacular – stay tuned for some photos. Next week we will be having a Topping Out Ceremony to celebrate this construction milestone, and it will be a great chance for the team to unwind.
Our vibrant community at St Brigid’s Green, Maroubra continues to amaze us. To celebrate Seniors Week, we hosted an Afternoon Tea on the Village Green, and were treated to some funny and insightful speeches by our residents. It was a great party, and we are already looking forward to the next one.
We hope you enjoy this edition of the Village Green. If you would like any further information on any of Greengate’s integrated Care Villages, please don't hesitate to call us on 02 9256 5600 or email us at email@example.com.
At St Brigid’s Green we strive to make every day better for our residents, their families, and our team. We provide what our residents value, practice person-centred thinking, and deliver heartfelt support and care: that is The Greengate Way. In January, we launched the Employee Reward and Recognition Program at St Brigid’s Green, to thank our employees who go the extra step for our residents and exemplify The Greengate Way. Earlier this month, we held our first monthly awards ceremony and celebrated with a barbeque on the Village Green.
A big congratulations goes out to MaChona, John and Suruchi, who were all recognised as being outstanding members of the team and received an award for all of their hard work. Some of the comments we received from residents, which helped us to select these recipients, was:
- Forever helpful, and always makes time at St Brigid’s Green enjoyable.
- Always caring and polite — families can go away feeling confident that their loved ones are being well-cared for, and that is a huge relief.
- Timeless, hardworking, and goes beyond the call of duty.
- Delivering exceptional care and attention to detail.
We’re very proud of our team at St Brigid’s Green, and it is fantastic to hear such positive feedback from our residents. The barbecue was not only a great event to recognise and reward our staff for their achievements, but it was also a fun opportunity for our staff to catch up with one another and unwind. Everyone is already looking forward to next month’s event, and we are hoping that our Care Manager, Grace brings along some curry and rice!
If you would like any further information on St Brigid’s Green, or any of our other Greengate Care Villages, please don't hesitate to contact us on 02 9256 5600 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, the residents of St Brigid's Green came together to celebrate Christmas on the Village Green. The Greengate team encouraged residents to invite their family and friends, and we enjoyed getting to know some new people. It turned out to be quite the party with over two hundred people attending. Despite some strong wind, and a lot of burst balloons, residents came down early to start the festivities and enjoy the social community that is St Brigid's Green.
The evening started with drinks, and platters of Christmas cookies and chocolates. Guests pulled on Christmas crackers and laughing could be heard all around. The kitchen at St Brigid's Green put on a delicious barbecue and there was something for everyone, including the fussiest of grandkids, to enjoy. Just when we thought we couldn't eat anymore, the dessert came out and everyone knew we'd have room for cake.
We were lucky enough to have the sweetest father and daughter band to entertain us all night. Residents and guests enjoyed some fantastic music, performed by such a talented young lady. It was a great night, and residents returned back to their homes full of pavlova and Christmas cheer.
If you would like any further information on any of our Greengate Care Villages, or would like to find out more about the senior's community at St Brigid's Green, please don't hesitate to call us on 02 8097 1775.
Summer is well and truly here, and so is this quarter's edition of the Village Green. Our senior's communities are really coming together, and we are excited to share with you what's been going on in Woolloongabba, Kogarah and Maroubra. So find a shady spot and cool off while you read all the latest news from our Greengate Villages.
It's been very busy here at Greengate, with St Luke's Green opening next year and The Bougainvillea building due to be unveiled soon! We are so excited to show our future residents a sneak peak of their new homes. The Retirement Village community is already being formed, with prospective residents getting to know one another at our monthly coffee clubs.
The construction of St Patrick's Green is on track, and the views out towards Botany Bay, and across to the Sydney skyline, are better than we could have hoped for. We're loving watching as Kogarah's newest Retirement Village comes to life, not only through the construction, but also as future residents build new friendships at our morning teas and Christmas party.
St Brigid's Green is nearly in its third year of operation, and the village residents have come together to share wonderful stories of their pasts. Here at Greengate, we love seeing such a genuine and supportive community in our Maroubra Village.
Cheers to summer - we hope you enjoy this edition of the Village Green. If you would like any further information on any of our Greengate Care Villages, please don't hesitate to call us on 02 9256 5600.
The days are getting warmer with the arrival of Spring! Soak up some sun and read about what has been happening at our Greengate Villages.
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St Brigid's Green is celebrating Seniors Week by hosting a variety of engaging seminars and education sessions, presented by leading professionals and special guests.
Following the seminar each weekday will be a free morning tea, and the opportunity to take a tour of our village and aged care home.
If you or someone you know would like to attend, simply RSVP by phone Rosie on 02 9256 5600 or email email@example.com
With Summer in full swing, find out what's been happening across our Greengate Villages.
Read about what's been happening in our Winter 2015 edition of the Village Green newsletter.
Are you High Care or Low Care?
How can you plan and afford quality aged care?
Join us for a step-by-step guide to understand aged care costs and what you need to know for your future. Donald Swansborough from Affinity Wealth Services leads his specialised team for advice on how to navigate Australia's complex care system.
Tours of our new care home will also be available.
Friday 19th June 10:30am - 12:00pm
St Brigid's Green, 220-230 Maroubra Road, Maroubra
To book your place, call Sarah at St Brigid's Green 8097 1700.
RSVP Wednesday 17 June.
You are invited to attend an important information session on March 27th: Understanding Aged Care. Find out about what the rules are around aged care and how you can be best placed to navigate this potentially complex area. Attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of the well respected book Aged Care, Who Cares.
27th March, 10am-12pm at St Brigid’s Green, 220-230 Maroubra Road, Maroubra. To register your interest in this event, please call Sara on 8091 9940.
For information about other upcoming events, register with us today.
There's lots on this Autumn – read all about it in this quarter's Village Green.
After the formalities of the official opening it was time for everyone to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. We had a fantastic turnout with over 300 people joining in the celebration, including residents, family, friends and staff.
Richard, our Hotel Services Manager and his team outdid himself again with a gourmet BBQ buffet, fresh salads and beautiful desserts. There was plenty of entertainment for all ages including the kids who were entertained by our local pirate and fairy princess with face painting and games.
Paul, our one-man band provided fabulous musical entertainment and it was a pleasure to witness many residents dancing the night away!
We were honoured to welcome His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove who officially opened St Brigid's Green on Friday 27th February 2015. Another special guest was the Archbishop of Sydney, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP who performed a blessing ceremony over the retirement and aged care community.
It was a fantastic day with over 200 guests attending including our retirement and aged care residents, staff, and stakeholders. We greatly appreciate those who came to celebrate this special occasion with us and we hope you enjoyed your time at St Brigid's Green.
Press coverage of the St Brigid's Green Official Opening and Blessing has been positive, and we're pleased to share some highlights with you here.
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Our prospective Bowen building residents were given the opportunity to view their apartment for the first time recently. As the area is still a construction site, everyone had to wear safety gear before going into their apartment. We got some great photos of our residents and staff on the day.
Take a look at what has been happening at our Greengate Villages over the summer.
What a huge year 2014 was for all of us at St Brigid's Green.
In 2014, we welcomed our stage one independent living residents into all 67 apartments in our Bardon, Trenerry and Dunningham buildings and our first aged care residents also moved into the Challenor building.
The Village is starting to feel more settled in and we love seeing many of our residents in the cafe, catching up over morning tea, with many staying until almost lunch time!
The afternoon movies in the theatrette have also been a hit with many of our independent living and aged care residents. The beautiful summer weather has made our weekly Friday BBQ a great time to relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the village green.
2015 will be another exciting and busy year as we welcome our stage 2 Bowen residents into the community in April 2015. They have been busy choosing curtains, attending our monthly lunches and preparing themselves for their highly anticipated move into St Brigid's Green.
We are very excited and look forward to the year ahead!
We celebrated our first Christmas at St Brigid's Green this year with all of our residents in independent living and aged care. It was a wonderful day and Richard, our Hotel Services Manager did a fantastic job looking after everything.
Our residents in independent living enjoyed a sumptuous Christmas lunch buffet and it was great to see majority of our residents enjoying their time together to celebrate the holiday season. We were also joined by a number of our future residents from the Bowen building and we can't wait for them to be part of the St Brigid's Green Community in 2015.
Our aged care residents also delighted in the festive season with a delicious Christmas high tea and overall, everyone seemed to have a fabulous time together.
We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and we will see you in 2015!
Take a look at what has been happening at our Greengate Villages in Spring 2014.
It has been an exciting time for our residents as they are now able to officially call St Brigid’s Green Village home! The first three retirement buildings and our aged care home have now been completed.
Over the past month we have had the majority of our residents move into their apartments and there is a flurry of activity happening in all areas of the Village. Despite it being winter, residents can be seen enjoying a cuppa with their family and friends on the Village Green or relaxing in the community areas, including the library and lounge room.
Construction is well underway for the 21 apartments in stage 2 – the Bowen, which is expected to be completed around March 2015. Residents in this building have finalized their choice of colour scheme in their apartments and are highly anticipating their move into the Village to join the rest of the St Brigid’s community!
We will be welcoming our first residents into The Challenor aged care home on the 18th August 2014 and we’ve been focusing on getting together a great care team lead by village General Manager Bronwyn Jenner to provide superior and personalised care to our residents.
The latest edition of the Village Green 2014. Find out what's been happening at Greengate this Winter.
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We welcomed many of the St Brigid’s Green buyers at this event and presented them with the apartment plans and colour selections.
The Greengate team were present to assist on the day and many of the team members spoke on specific areas of the project.
Read the latest news in the Village Green 2013 Autumn edition.
To kick off the festive season last year, the St Brigid’s Green community gathered together for a wonderful Christmas luncheon at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach.
More than 80 prospective residents enjoyed once again re-connecting with each other and reining in Christmas joy, laughter and good conversation.
We welcomed Father Bill Challenor from Holy Family Parish, Maroubra who reminded us that a home and feeling safe and secure is important to us all and finished off with a Christmas Prayer before we enjoyed our Christmas luncheon.
Director Howard Smith informed us of the latest St Brigid’s Green Construction update and the year ahead and our bubbly Kate Melrose shared the year that was and the exciting events planned for 2013.
We were also introduced to our new General Manager of Care; Nicole Brooke. Nicole brings a wealth of experience and expertise and will be leading the operations and management of St Brigid’s Green.
To end the formalities one of our residents Garry O’Meally delivered a punch line that had all of us roaring with laughter! What a terrific community we will be.
In the background was a running slide show of photos from events we held throughout the 2012 and photos of the site as construction ramps up for St Brigid’s Green.
All in all we had another fabulous day together celebrating Christmas and wishing each other all the best for a fantastic 2013.
Read about what has been happening in the latest Sping Edition of the Village Green.
St Brigid’s Green purchasers gathered for a relaxed and friendly afternoon at the ‘Christmas in July’ luncheon with sumptuous turkey & ham with all the trimmings, served at Ceviche Restaurant, Coogee. This was another opportunity to bring the community of the Bardon, Trennery and Dunningham buyers closer as acquaintances become friends. Howard Smith provided us an update on the latest construction news and David Nelson, the St Brigid’s Green architect enjoyed answering questions about the St Brigid’s Green apartments and community areas.
With stages 1, 2 & 3 sold a total of 65 apartments our events are significant and buyers are also welcome to join us for Coffee Club each month with informative guest speakers and updates on construction. We look forward to our next function later this year for a presentation by our Interior Designer, Kathleen Bowen. Thank you to David and his team at Ceviche Restaurant for another successful event!
The purchasers of the Trennerry and Dunningham buildings took another step toward enjoying the exciting new chapter in their lives. 52 soon to be neighbours enjoyed the first of many meals together overlooking the beach on a sun drenched autumn day.
The soon to be St Brigid’s Green residents discussed their new homes, enjoyed a sun drenched lunch overlooking the beach. Many new friendships were born and old friends reconnected sharing fascinating stories and memories. The lunch continued well into the afternoon and we heard that many people were looking forward to feeling comfortable & secure in their new home with the freedom from worry about house maintenance.
With construction underway and stages 1,2 & 3 sold out, many people are setting their sights on planning to downsize. We were all inspired by the wise tips and words of Lisa Oshlack from "Moving On" about how to plan a move from the old home into the new. The St Brigid’s neighbours will meet again in July 2012.
Excited residents celebrate the beginning of a new era in retirement living.
Fr Bill, former Principal and Assistant principals and many excited purchasers turn the first sod. “We already feel at home and have connected with many old friends and new,” says Dawn McCamley, a former student and soon to be resident at St Brigid’s Green.
Read about what's happening in the Autumn 2012 edition of the Greengate newsletter.
Guests from the local community and future residents of stages 1, 2 and 3 joined Father Bill Challenor to celebrate the commencement of construction with a ceremonial turning of the first sod.
Afterwards everyone enjoyed morning tea and a presentation in the St Aidan’s school hall.
If you're interested, you can read more about this event here.
More than 80 guests enjoyed a beautiful cocktail party at Centennial Parklands for the Inaugural St Brigid’s Green Christmas Party. The evening was a wonderful family event, where friends and soon-to-be neighbours celebrated the holiday season. Father Bill delivered a heartfelt speech telling the history of the St Brigid’s Green site, and expounded on our ongoing plans to reinvigorate the site for retirement and aged care in the local community.
Future residents of stage 1 at St Brigid's Green - The Bardon Building - joined together to celebrate with a lunch at Maroubra Beach.
They told us they are looking for choice and flexibility, more care and help if it's required, and to be near their friends, family and the community they know and love.
If you're interested, you can read more about this event here.
High Tea survey results told us clearly that our future residents are looking for more care and help, greater choice and flexibility, good access to public transport, and close proximity to friends, family and the community.
St Brigid’s Green receives strong community and council support, addressing the needs of local residents for retirement and aged care choices in the Maroubra area.
If you're interested, you can read more about this here.
Read about what's happening in the Autumn edition of the Greengate newsletter.
A formal development application was lodged with Randwick Council on the 5th November 2010. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Greville Ingham on 02 9256 5600.
A public open day was held on Sunday 19th of October. Over 150 people attended, with the majority being Maroubra seniors.
Market surveys commenced in early October, with focus group, individual meetings, site visits and phone discussions. If you would like to participate in this process or receive further information, please contact us or call 02 9256 5600.