The place to be

WE’RE NUMBER ONE: Emmerton Park staff and volunteers celebrate the aged-care organisation’s recent recognition. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Award. Ask anyone at Emmerton Park how they’re feeling, and you will be given a similar response.

“I feel terrific . . . remarkable,” says resident Peggy Jordan.

“I feel chuffed,” echoes volunteer and daughter of a resident, Annette Brooks.

“Excellent,” agrees long-term resident Hazel Quilliam.

Even the staff are happy: “Wonderful,” says community care administration officer Gaylene Dejonge.

Judging by the mood of staff, volunteers and residents, it seems the aged-care organisation is the best place to be.

And it is no wonder.

Emmerton Park was on Sunday named Australia’s best aged-care organisation at the 2013 National Aged Care Awards held in Melbourne. The win is Tasmania’s first.

Emmerton Park chief executive officer Rob Barden said the award was recognition for the commitment and tireless work achieved by the organisation’s dedicated team.

“This award is for our people who go above and beyond at Emmerton, from our volunteers to the staff, management team, residents, families and our local community,” Mr Barden said.

On Monday, Emmerton Park director of care Christine Hyde shared the news with her team of staff, volunteers and the residents – a task she was pleased to accept.

She described Emmerton Park as “a little community within the community” and said well-wishes from the greater community had been coming in since the award night.

“People’s responses reflect the specialness of this award. It just shows that it is such an achievement.”

With close to 90 staff, 60 volunteers, 61 residents, 73 independent-living units across Smithton and Stanley, as well as the day-respite centre and community care packages, which support people in their own homes, it is not surprising that Mrs Hyde contributes the award to team effort.

She congratulated staff and volunteers. “They are passionate, open to change and they want to make things better.”

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