During this time of an aged care royal commission, ratio stressors and shut downs, it is rare to find a time for celebration in the aged care industry.
At SummitCare Wallsend, however, they have plenty of reasons to celebrate their 10th anniversary and the high calibre of their staff and services.
Led by General Manager Robyn Blackwell, the day focused on their long-standing tradition of promoting SummitCare's core values of 'Warmth, Worth and Wellbeing' with a strong sense of community for the Newcastle and Hunter region.
"The past ten years at SummitCare Wallsend have come and gone with their fair share of ups and downs. The love and quality of care received at this expansive and well accommodated aged care home is one constant that has always remained the same," Robyn said said.
"A large number of the residents have called this aged care facility their home for the entirety of the 10 years it has been in operation, a testament to the level of quality care from the team that assist in its day-to-day functioning."
Jeff Townsend, a local Awabakal Aboriginal community member, commenced the proceedings of the anniversary celebration by performing a smoke ceremony in their rose garden, meeting up afterwards with a number of the residents of the home that are elders.
One of the residents, Sharon, performed the acknowledgement beautifully, despite her nerves, and the highlight of the day included a visit from the local Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery and a group of children from Wallsend Public School.
Wallsend Public School brought not only two bands (beginner and concert) but a choir and a troupe of dancers.
"We are so thankful for this partnership with the local school and would like to extend our thanks to the children and teachers who attended that day," Robyn said.
The event brought together local schools, the elders of the Awabakal Aboriginal community and local businesses, plus the staff and most importantly the residents.
It was a beautiful celebration of the community spirit.
Both young and old coming together to enrich each other's lives.
"SummitCare owner, Peter Wohl, made a fantastic speech to all gathered that reminded everyone present why SummitCare has enjoyed the reputation it has over the last ten years," Robyn said.
"This home is built on fifty years of experience in aged care and the family-run business was evident again as Peter's son Daniel joined us for the celebrations as well."
Not only did the day celebrate the centre's 10th year, it also celebrated the staff by recognising milestones and achievements.
"We took the chance to recognise the amazing staff of the home on the day with presentations for Summit Stars and five and ten years service awards," Robyn said.
"We also honoured three residents who have been here for 10 years!"
Thanks to local business EWH Food Services, they were able to gift the award recipients with baskets of donated goods to thank them for their hard work and service.
Residents thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and were delighted to be involved in the recognition process.
Taking part in events such as this on a regular basis gives the Wallsend residents plenty of enrichment and quality of life.
This promotes the aged care organisation's core values and ensures person-centred care is given with the choice and dignity our elderly population deserves.