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  • ConnectDecember 2015Sues SnippetHi Everyone

    This time of year always makes me reflect on the year that has passed. As happens every year there are the inevitable changes of personnel with sadly a number of staff leaving HomeCare+ whilst we warmly welcome our newcomers to the team.

    We love to celebrate the longevity of our employees and this year congratulate the following people who have reached a significant anniversary as employees of HomeCare+ Adelaide and the South East:

    10 years Kath Brennan

    Andrew Pring

    Anne Jennings

    Sandy Lewinsohn

    Bryan Jordan

    Pauline Boxall

    Julie-Anne Upton

    Belinda Rummings

    Chris Griffin

    Regina Stevens

    Christine Lowe

    Kathryn Janz

    Tania Buhajow

    Dale Howard

    Freda Dale

    15 years

    Karen Downing

    Patricia Hamilton

    The HomeCare+ Adelaide employees celebrating their milestone employment anniversaries. Pictured here with PQSA President Craig Clarke, CEO Peter Stewart and Operations Supervisor Gavin Watson.

    The South East team attending the Support Worker anniversary lunch with CEO Peter Stewart.

    Finally during this season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this wonderful time of the year touch your heart in a special way. Wishing you happiness today and throughout the New Year.

    Warmest regards, Sue Houston Operations and Business Development Manager HomeCare+

    Christmas TrifleIngredients

    4 x 85g packets strawberry jelly crystals

    2 1/2 cups boiling water

    1/2 x 800g light fruit cake, cut into 3cm cubes

    2 tablespoons brandy (optional)

    2 cups Double Thick French Vanilla custard

    1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

    125g fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced

    300ml thickened cream

    1 teaspoon icing sugar mixture, sifted

    50g white chocolate, grated

    fresh raspberries and hulled, quartered strawberries, to decorate


    1. Place jelly crystals in a heatproof bowl. Add boiling water. Stir to dissolve crystals. Stir in 400ml cold water. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until just starting to set (it should have a thick, syrupy consistency).

    2. Arrange cake in a 13 cup-capacity serving bowl. Drizzle with brandy, if using. Spoon half the jelly over top. Top with custard. Sprinkle with raspberries and strawberries. Spoon remaining jelly over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.

    3. Using an electric mixer, beat cream and sugar in a bowl until soft peaks form. Fold through chocolate. Spoon mixture over trifle. Top with raspberries and strawberry quarters. Serve. You could use leftover fruit cake or pudding in this trifle. Pauls Double Thick custard is twice as thick as pouring custard, and ideal for the whole family. Check out the handy resealable pack for recipe suggestions. You could replace brandy with orange juice. Top trifle with grated chocolate.

    20 years

    Daniel Crosby

    A celebratory lunch was held in both Adelaide and Mount Gambier where staff received a certificate and a gift in appreciation of their hard work and commitment.

    With the Christmas Season fast approaching you will shortly receive a gift as a token of our appreciation of the amazing job that each and everyone one of you do supporting our clients and the HomeCare+ team.

    Policy CornerThe below policies and procedures have recently been updated. Please ensure that you read the policies on our website and become familiar with them.

    Client Advocacy Policy and Procedures

    Information Sharing Guidelines Standard Operating Procedures.

    Return to Work Management System Policy and Procedures

    Visa Policy and Procedures

    Tips for Keeping Safe during the Holiday SeasonHome Safety

    Always lock up including garages and garden sheds - even if you are just going out for a couple of minutes.

    Don't advertise your valuables - keep items out of sight and dispose of packaging carefully.

    Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your property and even park in your driveway.

    Ensure your home looks lived in - mow your lawns, put your lights on timers, get your mail collected.

    Avoid packing your car too early, or in view of possible thieves.

    Make sure your home insurance is up to date.


    Slow down; give yourself time to get to your destination.

    Don't drive if you have been drinking.

    On long trips, take regular breaks and pull off the road if you feel fatigued.

    In bad weather, slow down and remain alert.

    Ensure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

    Remember - don't talk or text whilst driving.

    Christmas Trees

    Purchase green, moist Christmas trees, never old or brittle. Check the needles. Try to find a tree with needles that bend instead of break.

    After purchasing a live tree, be sure to cut the bottom of the tree to expose new wood that will be able to soak up water.

    Always keep live trees watered.

    Ensure that artificial trees are fire resistant and UL (Underwriters Laboratory) or FM (Factory Mutual) listed. This will ensure the tree has been tested to meet specific safety standards.

    Make sure the base is steady so the tree won't tip over easily.

    Christmas Lights and Extension Cords

    Only use approved extension cords.

    Make sure the extension cord is large enough to carry the intended load.

    Do not overload outlets! Use surge protectors if multiple outlets are needed.

    Immediately replace any broken bulbs that have exposed filaments.

    Never use electric lights on old metal artificial trees.

    Don't run cords through doorways or under rugs. The insulation on the cords can become damaged, or if people step on it under the rug, causing a potential fire and/or shock hazard.

    Toys and Ornaments

    Purchase appropriate toys for appropriate ages. Some toys designed for older children might be dangerous for younger children.

    Toys with sharp points, sharp edges, strings, cords, or parts small enough to be swallowed should not be given to small children.

    Place older ornaments and decorations that might be painted with lead paint out of the reach of small children and pets.

    The Work, Health, Safety and Environment Committee would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2016!

    Elizabeth Frankish, Manager, Human Resources on behalf of the WHS&E Committee.

  • Upcoming Public Holidays Please take note of the following Public Holidays. If you have any questions regarding your rostered shifts on these days please contact your local HomeCare+ office.


    Thu 24 Dec Christmas Eve (7pm to midnight)

    Fri 25 Dec Christmas Day

    Mon 28 Dec Proclamation Day

    Thu 31 Dec New Year's Eve (7pm to midnight)


    Fri 1 Jan New Year's Day

    New Support Workers- AdelaideWe would like to welcome our latest group of new Adelaide Support Workers. This group is unique, they have come to us through our partnership with MatchWorks Employment Services and Stanton Institute, our preferred Registered Training Organisation.

    This partnership has allowed us to access Federal Government funding, Job Active which has resulted in our new recruits undertaking a Cert III in Disability. We hope to continue to expand this partnership across all regions of South Australia.

    Welcome and good luck to all our new recruits, we are proud to have you as part of our team of trusted Support Workers.

    Jules Percival New Riverland Team Leader

    Hi my name is Jules and I have worked within the Disability Industry for 17 years, most of those as a Support Worker. I have worked in schools, homes, group settings, respite etc. I also worked as an Employment Consultant supporting people with disability gain main stream employment.

    I am a very proud Mum of 2 daughters; Brittany, 25 and Ashlee, 22. I moved to the Mid Murray, Walker Flat 4 years ago and fell in love with life on the river. My partner Scotty and I try to be self-sufficient which is very important to us. We grow our own fruit and veg, as well as having Damara sheep and chickens. We have 3 dogs; a Pomeranian that is old, half-blind, deaf and has 3 legs but we love him to bits. A young sheep dog and a mid-aged Bitsa that looks like a brick on 4 match boxes!

    We recently bought a house near Loxton hence, a job change which has led me to HomeCare+. In winter we are footy mad!!! Scotty is a Crows supporter and I support Gold Coast Suns. In summer it is water, water, water, swimming, boating and fishing. I am looking forward to becoming a part of the community both personally and professionally, and achieving great things in my new role.

    A word from Mount GambierWe would like to take this opportunity to wish all our staff a safe and happy Christmas. We thank you for all your hard work through-out the year and look forward to working together to provide dedicated support to our clients in 2016.

    It was lovely to be able to recently celebrate the significant anniversaries of a number of our Support Workers. What an achievement! Please see the previous page for a photo.

    Merry Christmas From all the HomeCare+ South East Team

    New Support Workers, South EastWe recently recruited a number of new Support Workers in the South East region. We wish them all the best in their new positions and hope you make them feel welcome as they settle into their roles.

    Echoes from the Eyre PeninsulaAs 2015 draws to a close, Catherine and I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our valued Support Workers in the Eyre Peninsula Region for their continued dedication and quality support provided to our clients.

    We hope you all h