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    Rosh Hashanah 2019

    Emmy welcomes the Harvard University Krokodiloes as part of their global tour.

    Tania Liberman was wooed during the Kroks performance.

    The Kroks serenaded Emmy volunteer Nicky with the tune What’s Your Name?

    CHARMED BY THE HARVARD KROKODILOES What a treat it was to host the Krokodiloes at Emmy! Twelve well-dressed undergraduates brought their soothing harmonies and witty humour to perform to a capacity house in the Alter Family Function Room in July. We were treated to a wonderfully entertaining afternoon complete with audience participation from an obliging volunteer, Nicky. The Krokodiloes are Harvard University’s oldest and most prestigious a cappella singing group, with a musical repertoire loosely based on the Great American Songbook. It was lovely to see so many family members enjoying the entertainment with their loved ones. The impact this and other music concerts have on our residents cannot be underestimated. Music can bring joy, peace, smiles, dance and a sense of inclusion. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder music and live concerts are an integral part of our Culture, Community and Wellbeing programs.

    With such a packed schedule on their annual world tour, we were indeed fortunate to secure a performance during their brief Melbourne sojourn. The Kroks sang some familiar tunes for their audience, with Waltzing Matilda being a favourite. Their charm certainly kept the audience chuckling with plenty of movement and laughs through the set. This event was sponsored through the Estate of Les Klemke, managed by Lowe Lippman and enabled through board member, Danny Lustig. We are very appreciative of the support to enable such a world class performance to stop at Emmy Monash.

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    MESSAGE FROM THE CEO As another Jewish year comes to a close we have much to be proud of here at Emmy Monash. The new year is both a time of reflection and a time to plan for the year ahead.

    In July the new Aged Care Quality Standards came into effect and they raised the bar on what is required in every Australian government funded aged care facility. The new standards have a stronger focus on the resident, the outcomes they experience and their quality of life. We welcome these new standards and will continuously improve our practices to not just meet but wherever possible exceed the expectations of the industry and our community. In July we hosted an unannounced visit from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to assess our implementation of the new Standards. More than 60 residents and family members were interviewed as were many of our staff and some volunteers. The assessors commended our team, noting they showed extraordinary levels of professionalism, dedication, care and loyalty. I would like to congratulate and thank everyone in our Emmy family for their

    contribution. We would not be the organisation we are today without your support. On behalf of the Board of Directors and all the Emmy Monash team I would also like to thank Steve Aivaliotis, our Quality, Risk and Innovation Manager who managed and facilitated the accreditation visit with the utmost professionalism. Our Culture Community and Wellbeing Team are always looking at new initiatives and will be implementing some exciting programs including gardening with local schools. This program is the result of a successful application to the Glen Eira Council grant program. I take this opportunity to wish and your families a Shana Tova U’Metukah, a happy, healthy and sweet new year. We thank you all for your continued support of our organisation. I also wish to thank the community who supported us through our appeal this year. Your generous donations allow us to continue running programs and delivering exceptional care, something the community has come to expect of Emmy Monash. Thank you to the entire Emmy family for your belief and faith in our vision and mission, together we are all redefining the aged care experience. Tanya Abramzon, CEO

    A recent Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) performance. L to R: Sandra Robertson Director of Development, MRC; Melissa Doecke, co-founder Inventi Ensemble (flute); Ben Opie, co-founder Inventi Ensemble (oboe); Tanya Abramzon, CEO Emmy Monash; Euan Murdoch, CEO MRC; Jane Hansen, Chair Hansen Little Foundation; Maureen Shulsinger, Culture Community and Wellbeing Manager.

    Alan Marks enjoying a coffee during his physio treatment.

    Physio Kevin keeps the residents moving in an exercise session.

    TOTAL HEALTH PHYSIO UPDATE A visit to the Wellness Centre on Level 2 Gandel House these days will see residents’ physio needs addressed and also a little pampering. Total Health Physio staff will accompany residents to and from the rooms, which offer therapeutic massage, soothing heat packs, relaxing background music therapy and even a Nespresso coffee. This forms part of Emmy’s holistic approach to care and is another way we are redefining aged care. Total Health Physio has expanded with a new team member. An Occupational Therapist, Pauline is passionate about working within aged care, stemming from a strong bond with her grandparents. She has joined the team full time and is thoroughly enjoying getting to know the residents. Together with Monica Arango, Clinical Care Manager, Physiotherapy Team Leader Tina is part of a committee focused on falls. The program reviews the occurrence of falls and analyses data to further reduce the incidence of falls. Watch this space for more information on our plans for a Walk Around Israel Program!

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    EMMY’S ANNUAL REPORT IS GOING GREEN We are always seeking ways to reduce our ecological footprint. This year our 2018–2019 Annual Report will be predominantly distributed online. A minimal number of Annual Reports will be printed and mailed to members and of course they will be on display within Emmy in November. The report will be published on our website at the same time. The move will see a saving not only in paper but also in production resources and mailing costs.

    If you would like to be notified when it is published, please make sure we have your email address. Please contact Reception on 8508 9300 if you would prefer a hard copy Annual Report mailed to you. If you have other ideas of how we can reduce our environmental impact, please fill out a Feedback Form available at Reception and all Nurses Stations.

    6O SECONDS WITH JUHISHA, CLINICAL CARE TEAM LEADER Juhisha Hurhungee is the Clinical Care Team Leader on Level 2 in Gandel House. She has worked at Emmy since December 2017 and up until recently, she was the Div 2 Nurse in Bierman unit, Dandenong Road before accepting a promotion to Team Leader.

    What are you enjoying the most about the role? The phone calls! (Juhisha laughs as her phone rings for the third time in five minutes) But in all seriousness it is great to be given more responsibility and the opportunity to progress my career. Having been here almost two years and getting this opportunity is really wonderful, I am able to show my colleagues, managers and myself that I am capable.

    What do you love about Emmy Monash? The teamwork is amazing and a highlight of the job! I have worked in other places that do not have the same cohesion between team members and that is one reason I am at Emmy. There is plenty of communication between the Clinical Care team, the PCAs and all other departments – Emmy Monash does this really well. This also impacts positively on the relationships we build when caring for residents which is really important. What are your career plans? I have not started thinking about that yet, but I would like to do some more study and look to specialise in mental health.

    When you are not working, what are your hobbies? Well I have started knitting after a resident here, Syd, taught me how. It has taken me a few months, but I am currently half way through knitting a blanket. My parents are overseas, but my sisters live here so I enjoy spending time with them and my beautiful four-year-old nephew. My background is Mauritian, and I enjoy cooking traditional food. Our food is a cross between Indian, Chinese and African so it is all about spices and great flavours but nothing hot!

    Team Leader Juhisha Hurhungee chatting with resident Carmel Tofler.

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    Pianist Hoang Pham performed on our new baby grand piano, kindly donated by the Pinkus and Harris families, as part of a larger music program sponsorship.

    Recognising International Nurses Day: Monica Arango, Lisa Barnett, Debbie Fredericks and Roselle Fuentes.

    Miriam Weisz from Darchei Shalom with Joe Kolt preparing vegetable soup to provide to the needy in the community.

    Always entertaining, the Inventi Ensemble performed as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Learning and Access Program.

    Cara from the Twelve Program making apple cakes with Deborah Herzog.

    emMYworld There certainly is something for everyone at Emmy Monash. We pride ourselves on a unique range of programs that celebrate our culture and each individual’s identity.

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    Sara Sutton and Lee got to know each other during the Diller Teen Fellows recent visit.

    Culture Community and Wellbeing staff engaged in wheelchair bus access training.

    Joan Warman and Barbara celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut.

    Safta Betty. Helen Light joined the conga line