Dedication and drive.
This was the cause of celebrations for Viewhaven Lodge Aged Care in Crookwell on Wednesday morning.
Residents, staff and community representatives were invited to a morning tea in praise of the facility’s positive impact on local aged living over the past 10 years.
Aged care in the district has gone through many changes. The amalgamation of Crookwell Frail Aged Care and Sunset Lodge in Taralga, including the reshuffle of the Banfield House and Harley Home, saw the conception of Crookwell Taralga Aged Care Ltd (CTAC).
Now Viewhaven houses 45 residents, with Upper Lachlan Community Care servicing about 100 people.
CTAC chairman Max Keith spoke of viability in the industry, citing the success of ULCC, and commended the work of Anglican rector Noel Smith, Crookwell’s Frank Willis and chief executive Jo Boyce.
CTAC board member Gary Cadwell said people didn’t fully realise “the work and dedication to make this place work … Jo’s driving us forward, with a determination and vision seldom seen in a leader.
“These aren’t workers, these are people that love and care about you. That’s why this is home.
“It’s never going to be lost. It’s going to continue to be cherished.”
Gunning author of By the community, for the community, a history of the CTAC, Keith Brown, said the facility was “out of this world”.
“It’s so caring and so friendly. It became a symbol of community cooperation and remains that, I believe,” Mr Brown said.
“It is one of the most wonderful places and an organisation I am proud to have written about.”