Meet Paige – our Clinical Nurse with a real passion for aged care

Paige was just 15 years old when she first started working in aged care through a school-based traineeship. Graduating high school with a Personal Care Worker qualification, she then studied to become an Enrolled Nurse and joined a hospital in a surgical ward. Her love of learning saw her go on to achieve her Registered Nurse qualification, but she soon realised that aged care was her true calling.

What do you love about nursing at Vincent Court?

Aged care is where my heart lies. I love that I can support Vincent Court residents to live their best life by providing them with tailored care, dignity and respect. We treat each resident as a unique individual, and to look after them in their home is an honour and a privilege.

How are you supported to use your clinical skills to put residents first?

At Vincent Court, I am empowered by my leadership team to case manage and coordinate resident-focused care. My clinical skills are always highly valued and it’s wonderful to work in such a collaborative team that places the residents first. The systems and processes we have in place enhance our nursing care, and our Carers are empowered to work closely with us and the allied health providers.

How do you make a positive difference to residents?

We use best-practice clinical assessments to identify any medical changes or issues as early as possible so that we can act quickly. But it’s much more than this. Every day, we balance clinical excellence with kindness and that’s a pretty amazing thing. At the end of each shift, I know I’ve made someone’s day better.

What would you say to others considering a Nursing career in aged care?

It’s a challenging and highly rewarding career. It’s our job to be there for the residents and use our compassion and empathy to make a difference. I don’t think there are that many other careers where you can honestly say you enlighten someone’s life.

At Vincent Court, we love supporting our Nurses like Paige who are passionate about making a difference to residents.

Meet Kylie – our highly experienced and compassionate Manager

Our Residential Service Manager, Kylie Bonney has worked in the aged-care industry for almost two decades. Her experience encompasses many different aspects of aged care, having held roles in facility management, workforce management, administration and care. Born in Port Macquarie, she moved to Telegraph Point in 2014.

What do you love most about managing Vincent Court?

I first came to Vincent Court as Acting Manager in 2020 where I spent eight months getting to know residents and staff. I welcomed the opportunity to come back as Residential Service Manager earlier this year. I’ve always loved to help others, and here I’m able to support residents to live their best life. I focus on building respectful relationships with residents and their families, and on helping ensure that every staff member is happy and enjoying their role to the fullest.

What do you think makes Vincent Court so special?

When people ask me what this community feels like, I tell them that it’s like walking into your own home and feeling safe and loved. It’s a homely environment that’s welcoming and happy. It’s a place where residents feel respected and it’s also a place that’s full of positive energy. People are happy to be around others here.

How do you think you’re making a difference to residents and staff?

I’m passionate about ensuring residents are supported to live the life they choose. I try to make a positive impact by being available to listen to any concerns and also celebrate any achievements. I try to lead by example with our team. By working together, we’re able to do great things for residents and our community.

Fun Facts

Favourite pastime: Camping and exploring the local area

Favourite food: Anything sweet, especially chocolate

Reading or TV: Reading, but I’m secretly a big fan of the Minions movies!

If you could travel anywhere: I would pack up the caravan and start driving with no set destination. We explored Australia for 9 months when my children were little and it was a brilliant experience that we will never forget.

Vincent Court – helping the next generation of Nurses and Carers

Thirteen Year 11 & 12 students from St Paul’s Catholic Secondary College in Kempsey have commenced a Cert III training course in Individual Support using Vincent Court as a living classroom.

This first-of-a-kind program gives students a pathway to future study and career options in aged care and nursing. It also promises to deliver many benefits to the residents and wider community.

During the course, students will undertake a range of practical training and classroom activities led by St Paul’s Teacher, Amanda Jones, who is also a Registered Nurse with a background in aged care.

It is hoped that by later this year, the students will be equipped with the skills required to help care for residents under supervision. After successfully completing the Certificate, students can choose to apply to study Nursing or commence work as an Enrolled Nurse or a Carer.

Residential Service Manager, Kylie Bonney, says the program is a win-win for everyone involved.

“Residents will enjoy the connections and interactions with these young pupils, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for students to gain real-world learning that can propel them to a future career. They’ll get to experience first-hand Vincent Court’s resident-first culture, and will gain valuable insights into the rewards of caring for older Australians,” she said.

In line with current health guidelines, all students will be Covid tested at school prior to entering Vincent Court and will also be temperature checked on arrival each day.

Celebrating our Coffee Shop ‘Queen’ Bea

Bea symbolises everything that makes our volunteers so wonderful.

Originally from Sydney, Bea moved to the Macleay Valley region in 1985 where she began volunteering with the Catholic Church and St Vincent de Paul. Even when she worked full-time at Telstra for 17 years, she still made time to continue her volunteering work and has been helping our Vincent Court community for the past nine years.

What do you do here? 

I come four days a week and run the Coffee Shop in the mornings and some afternoons I take residents out on shopping trips. I’m also part of the Pastoral Care team so I offer emotional support to residents and bring Mass to them if they’re unable to come to our Chapel.

How would you describe the Coffee Shop? 

It’s the pulse of Vincent Court! All of us have so much fun at the Coffee Shop – the residents, their families and the staff, too. We play music and people get up and dance, and it’s become a favourite place to connect. So many residents enjoy their morning ritual of stopping by and having a coffee or a milkshake and something delicious from the kitchen. The Coffee Shop is part of their day and part of their home.

What do you love most about Vincent Court? 

I’d have to say it’s the genuine connection and bond between the residents and the people who work here. I can’t speak highly enough of our team – they go out of their way to make sure each and every resident feels safe, happy and comfortable, just like they would at home.

Why is this role so important to you? 

The people here are like family to me. I always feel so appreciated, but I view myself as the lucky one. Just being able to help them and spend time with them is so special.