Farewell Kerry!

Kerry Chaston pictured with her daughter Teagan who has recently joined the Lakes Hostel team

Last week we farewelled another of our long time staff members.  Kerry Chaston (pictured with daughter Teagan who has recently joined the Lakes Hostel team.) commenced at the Lakes Hostel when it first opened, 20 March 1997.

Over the past 20 years there has been some big changes to her role. 

‘When I started there were 3 staff across 2 shifts - no Night Duty for 17 residents. Night Duty was monitored from acute” said Kerry.

“Some resident at that time had their own vehicles on site and well as gophers.”

‘Heather Ferguson was in charge and Janine Retallic and Nadia Latanley were the PCA's at the Hostel.  Director of Nursing was Sharon Hinch and CEO of the Hospital was Tim Free.”

“In those days there was no Diversional Therapy and no computers, everything was recorded in exercise books.”

“Residents care plans were drafted out on butchers paper by staff on the floor.”

“There was no Day Centre when the facility opened. The Day Centre was started by Fiona in the Nursing Home dining room.”

Kerry with Heather and her two team members were responsible for all cleaning, resident care and activities.

“Some memorable activities were Old Time Dancing and getting dressed up for Melbourne Cup.”

“The only GP available was off sight so staff used private vehicles to transport residents not able to be taken to appointments by family.”

“I have enjoyed watching the lake dry and fill over the years.”

Kerry has cared for second generation of families and made firm friends and close contacts with families and staff over her time here.

Kerry commented that ‘’I have watched grandchildren of families grow up and leave town.’

The staff, residents and their families are sad to see Kerry go.  Christine Radford, Nurse Unit Manager of the lakes Hostel said “Kerry is a very valuable team member and she will be genuinely missed by all.”

“Kerry was a very good residents advocate and always provided good suggestions for improvement along with constructive feedback on the delivery of care for residents." 

“We wish Kerry all the best with her new role in Kaniva.”