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Rural Northwest Health recognised the high level of care provided to its aged care residents with a special paella luncheon at its Warracknabeal Campus.

The luncheon was part of Aged Care Week celebrations but Aged Care manager Wendy Walters said she wanted to use the occasion to recognise a broader care network.

“Most are aware of the wonderful job our clinical team does caring for our residents but there are other team members who are directly involved with the care and comfort of the residents,” Ms Walters said.

“The environmental services team work very closely with our residents and often go beyond their role to provide comfort and support,” she said.

“The allied health team are also regular visitors to Yarriambiack Lodge and to our Hopetoun campus providing their particular specialised care.

“So the event was to thank them all for their wonderful efforts.”

Ms Walters said there were many great examples of team members providing extra care to residents.

“Our carers, nurses and environmental services team are all known for their extra care,” she said.

“They often go shopping for the residents when they know they can’t do it themselves or they will take in clothes for them to wear.”

RNH volunteers coordinator Kylie Zanker said the paella luncheon was a ‘first’ for Yarriambiack Lodge.

“We would normally have a barbecue at events like this one and volunteer care team members would cook it but if we are celebrating their work we wanted them to be able to enjoy the event,” Mrs Zanker said.

“The Creekside Hotel’s Kevin Gebert offered to organise the paella luncheon so our team could relax and everyone could enjoy a new dining experience.”

Mrs Zanker said the event was open to family members of residents and those team members directly involved in caring for Yarriambiack Lodge residents.

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