We met with Care Manager, Sharon Stuart-Gray, to understand a typical day at Glengara Care and discover her top tips on staying healthy during winter.
At RetireAustralia, our residents are at the heart of everything we do and we consider our communities and team members to be part of what we call, the RA Family. As Care Manager at Glengara Care, Sharon Stuart-Gray is the familiar face that residents see every day, and she embodies the caring spirit that bring our communities to life. Here are her top five tips for good health this winter.
1. Regular hand washing
This might seem simple but good and regular hand washing is key to getting rid of germs. It’s also our best fight against coronavirus. Even though we’re making great progress in terms of flattening the curve in Australia, it’s important to stay vigilant while COVID-19 remains in the broader community.
2. Get a good night’s sleep
It’s easier to go to bed earlier in the cooler months and nothing beats a warm blanket to keep you cosy. Your body will thank you for an early night, which gives you the opportunity to restore energy, reduce stress, and improve your immune function.
3. Keep warm
Invest in some warmer clothing, bedding or even a nice throw blanket that sits on your lounge chair, so you can stay toasty even as the weather gets cooler. If you’re crafty or looking for a new hobby, you might enjoy taking the time to knit something special.
Taking some time out is important for all of us – it doesn’t mean you need to be become a spiritual guru overnight. Your daily meditation might mean sitting in a quiet spot listening to calming music. For others, it could be a walk in nature or a reading a book in a sunlit room.
5. Eat well
Eating healthy foods should be a daily habit but this is especially true in winter. Lots of seasonal fruit and vegetables will ensure you get the right vitamins to stay healthy throughout the colder months.
An affinity for care
Sharon takes time each day to meet with residents, ensuring they are comfortable and feel free to voice any concerns. She works on their care plans and ensures they have sufficient medication, doctors’ visits scheduled, correct nutrition and social activities organised. Recently, Glengara Care had their first pet, Lucy the cat, move into the community, much to the delight of Sharon and her team.
Sharon genuinely loves being a part of the care team at RetireAustralia, and is proud of working in an environment which gives residents a choice in the care they receive. “I look forward to coming to work every day. I love caring for our residents, I love seeing how happy they are here and making a difference in their lives”.