Welcome to Lewington House, Omeo District Health’s Aged Care Facility

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Located in the heart of Omeo our modern home boasts a pleasant rural out look that captures the essence of a high country environment. Refurbished in 2015 our home is comprised of 4 Low Care beds and 10 High Care beds. All of our 14 single bed rooms have their own private bathroom.

Residents enjoy a variety of settings within the home. Our comfortable lounges are often bustling with activity including visits from entertainers, Omeo District Health’s day care centre and other local community groups. Our quiet reflection room offers a more relaxing environment and can be used for meditation and spiritual gatherings of all denominations.

In our IT and crafts centre residents have access to a myriad of activities which they are encouraged to participate in by our therapists. Through our diversional therapy program residents have the opportunity to partake in regular individualised adventures and outings which take advantage of all the high country has to offer including our golf courses, rivers and mountains.

All meals are prepared in house utilizing fresh produce across a 28 day menu. Needless to say our residents enjoy a healthy varied and balanced diet that is titrated for dietary needs. Meals can be served in the comfort of our resident’s room or in our communal dining room. Residents and their visitors can help themselves to tea, coffee and snacks in the resident kitchenette.

Omeo District Health provides care to our residents through our Division 1 and Enrolled Nurse work force as well as Diversional therapists, Allied Health professionals and an on-site medical clinic.

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Active April

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Its Active April for young and old. Good Luck to team Omeo District Health in the Premier’s Active April challenge.

The health risks associated with long periods of sitting are serious, and include heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Even regular exercise doesn’t offset the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

On average, adults sit for about nine hours each day, and much of this time is continuous sitting with little movement. This lack of movement affects the way our bodies convert food into energy, leading to unhealthy levels of blood glucose, insulin and blood fat.

The good news is that the simple act of moving away from our chair every thirty minutes can reduce these health risks, give us an energy boost and increase our focus.

– See more at: https://www.activeapril.vic.gov.au

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2015 Snail Cup News

The 2015 Snail Cup may not have been the race that stops the nation but it certainly did slow things down here at Lewington House. While fun, frivolity, fashion and food possibly overshadowed the actual race it is important we acknowledge the athletic animals that were trained in the Lumsden racing stables. The number 19 snail owned by Mr Jim Faithfull took out the coveted cup in damp track conditions.

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To find out more about the day feel free to download a copy of the 2015 Snail Cup News here Snail Cup 2015 (002)

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Snow Day for Omeo’s aged care resident

Wednesday the 16th of September was a bluebird day at Mt Hotham and Lewington House resident Mrs Joan Condon wasn’t going to let the good weather go to waste. After a delightful lunch in Dinner Plain Joan, who turns 97 next month, travelled to Hotham with our Diversional Therapist, Robyn Walker, to spend the day on the slopes with her family. One highlight of the day for Joan was being able to watch her two great grandsons ski ‘The Summit’ of Mt Hotham. “It was lovely watch the two little boys. Those kids will be good skiers by the time they are 5” said Joan. Skiing is a past time Joan has only given up in fairly recent times and although she may have retired it seems the whole family is following in her tracks.

Also on the highlights reel for the day was a meeting with old friend and local legend Zirky. Joan had the pleasure of meeting Zirky when he first moved to town and he was only too pleased to see her out and about for the day.

With 4 generations on the slopes the family drew a bit of attention from the crowds so Joan had the opportunity to chat with many of Hotham’s skiers and snow boarders before returning home to the warmth of Lewington House.

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To see more pictures of Joan’s snow day click here https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=450707101779794&id=169797049870802

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Out and about in Omeo

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As part of our Diversional Therapy program Lewington House residents regularly have the opportunity to attend specially tailored outings. Recently Mrs Kathleen Connelly spent the morning being pampered at the local hair salon before heading out for lunch with her family. Our diversional therapists enjoy working with the residents, staff and the residents families to plan such occasions. Mrs Connelly is pictured with her son in law who came along to make Kath’s day extra special.

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High Tea

Yesterday Lewington House hosted their second annual High Tea. The community were invited to join the Omeo aged care facility residents and staff for a relaxing afternoon in the beautifully laid out and decorated dining room and lounge area of the facility. A selection of delicious afternoon tea options were presented to guests on an array of antique crockery. Tea cups jingled as the room bustled with chatter and laughter. Residents, staff and guests alike remarked at the deliciousness of the treats on offer and took opportunity to load up their plates. Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to put together the event and thank you to the community for your continued involvement in our facility. Roma Ankers, resident of Lewington house told us that it was a lovely afternoon. Fellow resident Kathleen Connelly mentioned that all who attended were seen enjoying themselves. We are all looking forward to next years event already.

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To see more photos of our day follow this link.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=435249863325518&id=169797049870802

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Baking up a storm

As part of the Lewington House (Omeo’s aged care facility) diversional therapy program residents took part in some baking yesterday. It was no trouble at all for these seasoned hands in the kitchen to whip up some delicious chocolate muffins. As keeper of the blog I felt the need to sample the baked goods and I must say they were quite tasty. Many of the local ladies in the area take great pride in their baking skills and it is great to see that living in an aged care facility is no barrier to continuing to practice the skill.

Pictured: Residents Clytie and Wendy having a laugh as they prepared the muffin mixture.

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July Activities

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Activities for Aged Care Residents

Lewington House, Omeo’s Aged Care facility, is pleased to be able to offer an extensive diversional therapy program as part of our overall care provided to our residents. Recently two of our residents enjoyed an outing to the local golf club. Mr Leo Carroll told us that he had a lovely day. When asked if the winter outing had been a bit chilly he replied with “I got too caught up in the golf to worry about what the weather was doing.” Competing against Mr Carroll on the greens was 101 year old resident, Mr Gordon Bock. The golfing pair were assisted by their caddies (our diversional therapists) Robyn Walker and Penny Craig who also enjoyed the fresh air and change of scenery for the day. It may not have been the PGA pro am but competition was still in the air “If you ask Bocky he might tell you otherwise but I think I had it over him” stated Mr Carroll.

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Video calls from afar

It is great to see friends and family connecting on all levels with our residents here at Omeo’s aged care facility but it is especially exciting seeing a father and son chat to each other while in completely different countries. Our virtual visiting program breaks down the barriers of distance to ensure residents can remain connected with the outside world. While it does not replace real face to face contact Skype and Facetime are great options for family and friends who would like to chat and connect with our residents here at Lewington House.

To find out more about our Virtual Visiting Program CLICK HERE

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Afternoon Tea with Management

This afternoon residents got together with CEO of Omeo District Health, Mr Frank Megens, and Quality manager Ms. Christa Thompson for afternoon tea. Held in the comfort of the residents lounge the afternoon tea provided an opportunity for residents to give real time feedback direct to management while enjoying a delicious array of snacks. Suggested as a quality improvement tool the afternoon was organised by our Diversional therapy team with the help of our wonderful kitchen staff. The informal chat raised a few of the residents issues and also gave the residents an opportunity to pass on their praises to staff and the facility. One of our two centenarians Margaret stated that all she really had to say was thank you “I am perfectly satisfied with everything here (at Lewington House Omeo) and feel privileged to be here.” She went on to make some suggestions about meals. With fruit platters, sandwiches, cakes and slices on the table food seemed to be a hot topic for chatter. Resident Kath Connelly told us “there was plenty of everything. It was lovely.” 

As informal as the chat was it also raised some more technical, but easily resolved, issues such as resident access to phones. Mr John Armit told us it was nice to be able to chat with Frank “sometimes I feel like I don’t want to criticise things” but being able talk about things I feel like I need was good.

A special thanks to kitchen for providing such a delicious afternoon tea. 

    

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