WA Seniors Week – which runs from 6 to 13 November – celebrates the contributions of older Western Australians and it’s a particularly special time for residents at Regis Nedlands, which uses the week to honour its seniors and the interesting and diverse lives they have lived.
One senior at the popular Nedlands aged care home is 85-year-old Aurora Thisainayagan, who holds the title of volunteer Resident Representative, which sees her assist new residents to settle in at their new home, as well as liaise between staff and residents to help and improve resident and staff communication
“I have volunteered throughout my life in various capacities, even when I was a student at University in the Philippines,” says the Filipino born mother of three, who immigrated to Perth back in 1997 with her husband.
“Life is more meaningful when you volunteer and help people, otherwise it can be a little stale and not as challenging. There are so many levels of need in the community, and I find life is so much more enriching when you can give back to the community, and it’s for those reasons that I put my hand up to become a volunteer Resident Representative.”
Regis Nedlands General Manager, Sam Waldron, said Seniors Week presented a perfect opportunity to celebrate residents like Aurora whose volunteer work within the home makes a tremendous difference to the lives of her fellow seniors.
“We are very fortunate that Aurora chose to take on the volunteer role of Resident Representative at Regis Nedlands, and in the time that she has been in that position she has brought great support to our residents and has formed strong bonds with many of them,” he says.
“Friendship and strong relationships are so important to people’s lives and we know that having passionate volunteers, as well as dedicated and committed care staff, at our home makes a significant contribution to the quality of life of those in our care.
“Seniors like Aurora make an invaluable contribution to Regis, and Seniors Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognise their generosity of time and their big hearts.
“Like Aurora, many of our residents are in their 80s or 90s and continue to display inner vitality and our staff are committed to making sure they remain living lives of purpose and joy. Every one of our residents still has so much to offer and we are keen for them to continue to live full lives each and every day.”
Regis offers a diverse range of care options including residential aged care, home care, retirement living, day therapy and day respite. Regis is one of the largest providers of aged care in Australia and cares for more than 7,000 residents each year.