'Huge change' predicted for aged care

OUTGOING Longridge Aged Care lifestyle coordinator Penny Taylor has forecast a changing of times in the aged care industry.

"Over the next 10 years there is going to be a huge change," she said.

"The Baby Boomers will be coming to that age where they come into aged care and their wants and needs will be different to those of the current generation."

Penny said as an example technology would become more prevalent, especially in the lifestyle part of the industry as the people coming into aged care would have more know-how with a variety of products such as iPads.

She anointed her replacement as lifestyle coordinator, Chloe Biggins, as part of the generation who will be needed to cope with that change.

Chloe has worked as a carer for most of the past six years, since first coming to Longridge for work experience under Penny in the mid-2000s as a 16-year-old, and spent the last part of 2013 working closely with Penny to learn the ropes.

"I've loved mentoring Chloe in recent weeks," Penny said. "Chloe is what I'd like to see as part of the norm in aged care."

After a career at Longridge which started in 1992, Penny has seen the change all happen before.

As a carer in 1992 she recalled there being one hour of lifestyle - but that has now grown to 12 days a fortnight.

Penny became a lifestyle assistant in 2002 and then coordinated the program for the past eight years.

She decided in late 2013 to leave and spend more time pursuing her hobbies and travelling with husband Alan.

"It's just a different chapter in my life really," Penny said. "I would like to sincerely thank all staff, volunteers and residents we have cared for at Longridge and for the support, valuable friendships, fun and many laughs and great times we have shared over the years."

Ever humble, Penny said she was happy to look back on her time as a small part of a team that has made great progress and achieved so much in her time at the facility.

She said she would still be a familiar face around Longridge, with her father Lavington a resident.

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