CEO News May 2020
With weekly specific news being distributed to the Residential families of our facilities, our monthly MACS News has taken on a more simplified format during this time of uncertainty and as such I wanted to provide some general news to the MACS Community.
As part of our strategic planning and in line with our objective to grow, we have purchased approximately 8,000 square metres of land in Roslyn Road, Highton. Whilst the site comes with a 122 bed building plan permit for an aged facility there are no plans to develop this land immediately. It was felt by Directors that it was a good strategic opportunity to purchase a significant parcel of land in a prime location for future growth.
Our focus at the moment of course remains on caring for all of MACS community in relation to the COVID-19 crisis. With us all just marking a very different Anzac day on the 25 April, I heard on the radio that our forefathers were asked to go and fight in a war on the other side of the world. All we are being asked to do at present is stay at home and keep our distance from each other! Having said that, it is still very important that the social connection of everyone is maintained. Our staff are working hard to ensure that continues with our Home Care Consumers as well as the Residents in our care. It’s true – we are in uncharted waters, navigating an unprecedented event that is changing the way we live – COVID-19. As news headlines dominate our screens, it is easy for fear to overwhelm us, and for a myriad of questions to race through our minds. What will the future hold? What will the impact be on our economy? How will this impact my life? Will I and my loved ones be OK?
These questions are natural and normal to ponder, and we need to make sure we stay positive during this time of uncertainty. So how do we do this?
- Stay connected to others – embrace technology
- Get your information from credible sources only
- Practice strategies to keep positive!
- Keep moving
- Practice simple mindfulness techniques
- Practice gratitude
- Get plenty of sleep to keep you revitalised and resilient
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James
Take care everyone, look after each other, and remember to wash those hands!!