CEO update - 2021

Light brings hope.
How can the light that each of us has within us, that illuminates through our actions and words, encourage hope in others?
Last year, Churches of Christ in Queensland impacted the lives of over 40,000 people. Though this impact, I’m sure, would have been felt by far more. The families of those we support, members of the communities we exist in, our team members and the interactions of all those living our values in their day to day lives.
Hope is contagious: Hope breeds hope. That is why it is so important that we can each be the light that brings this hope.
Matthew 5, 14-16 states:

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Light, to me, represents possibility. From darkness, the smallest illumination can make a path and possibilities clearer.
This year, I want light and hope to be a guiding principle for us all. Consider how you can be the light that brings hope to those around you and those you support.
A great place to start is by living our values:
  • Displaying unconditional love to all those around you.
  • Continuously seek improvement and explore how you can make things better.
  • Trust yourself and others, and trust in God.
  • Show wise stewardship in the management of all resources - natural, financial, material,  and emotional, and understand the impact you have in this world.
By doing this, we can each bring hope.  At Churches of Christ in Queensland it is our vision to empower people to live hope-filled and meaningful lives; this is why we exist. Whatever form hope takes, we are there to support people to find.
As  Roy T. Bennett stated in ‘The Light in the Heart’ 
“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.”
I encourage you all to find your light and bring hope in your communities.
Royal Commission – Final Report
In the first week of March 2021, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety final report was publicly released. This report is the culmination of activities over more than two years that have examined the residential aged care and community care sectors to make recommendations for improvement.
Churches of Christ in Queensland supports the findings and recommendations released and welcome the suggested reforms that are designed to make the aged care sector better and more person-centred. We believe our society must place greater emphasis on productive, successful and meaningful ageing, and that life is about meaning, purpose and connectedness. Our first priority remains and will always be enhancing the positive wellbeing of those in our care.
Throughout the Commission process, harrowing stories of unacceptable care and treatment of older people emerged, and I acknowledge that this was difficult for families, residents, team members and the community to hear. I assure you that our services are built on valuing seniors, and we strive to create inclusive, caring and compassionate environments that meet individual needs. We are committed to openness, transparency and continuous improvement for the people in our care, now and in the future.
Pre-emptive to the report’s release, in November 2020 we established six working groups with focuses including workforce participation, continuum of care, and regional, rural and remote service delivery. This work will dovetail into the recommendations from the report to form the latest best-practice processes that squarely focus on the health and wellbeing of residents.
Our dedicated and qualified team members work hard every day caring for older Australians and will continue to receive appropriate training and support to deliver this vital care.
COVID-19 updates
Since the vaccination rollout commenced at the end of February, we have been working with the relevant Federal Government agencies and contractors in the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine to our residential aged care residents and team members.
I will receive my vaccination as soon as I am eligible to do so. This vaccine is a great step forward in our fight against the pandemic. Watching our aged care services closing their doors to visitors last year in response to outbreaks in the community was distressing and not an action we like to take. We know the importance of continued family contact and connection, and it was difficult to see as families and loved ones separated was. I hope it is not a measure that needs to take place because of COVID-19 too often in the future.  Our teams did a great job though at helping residents and their loved ones remain connected through a host of other means.
We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation at each of our locations, and our teams are on constant alert for any outbreaks in their communities. I am proud of the infection control in our services and how our team members, suppliers and contractors, and visitors respect the infection control requirements when on site at our services. Thank you for helping us do our bit to keep older Australian’s safe.
I am thoroughly excited for what is ahead in 2021. There are many great things on the horizon for our organisation and I look forward to sharing these with you in due course. Thank you for your ongoing support of all that we do, no matter who and where you are. Without you, we would not be able to deliver hope to so many people.
When reading Networking today, I hope a light shine for you and brings just a bit of hope and joy to your day that you can pass onto others.

God bless.
  Posted March 31, 2021 in Our blog