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Retirement Living Aged Care Living Home Carebetter living, quality livingcumberland view Welcome to the 5th EditionRecognising 25 years of outstanding service What’s Happening Cumberland View NewsCumberland View Retirement Living• Revue – Friday 25th November at 6pm • Christmas Twilight Market – Thursday 1st December 4-7pmCumberland View Aged Care Living – Whalley Drive• Memorial Service – Friday 25th November at 1:30pm• St Justin’s Church Christmas Carols – Thurs 8th Dec at 1:30pmThe past few months has been an exciting time at Cumberland View and the excitement isn’t about to stop anytime soon with plenty more events and activities planned.We celebrated 25 years of service for three very special staff members. There has been a buzz of activity with the AFL Grand Finals, Melbourne Cup and raising funds for Pink Ribbon Day.Val shares the benets of living at the village and being about to pack up and keep travelling. Check out the changes coming up for Home Care and to the Pension Asset Test.On the 4th of October we had the chance to celebrate something very special at Cumberland View Aged Care Living, Windmill Court.Three of our most valued staff Sylvia, Helen and Joan achieved 25 years of dedicated service.Staff, residents and family members joined together for afternoon tea and champagne to pay tribute and give thanks for their long-standing care, support and friendship.These wonderful ladies started work at Cumberland View just after the doors opened in 1991 with one of their rst tasks being SPECIAL FEATUREto transfer 11 resident from a home in Surrey Hills and to help them settle in.Since then, Joan, Helen and Sylvia have cared for hundreds of residents with personal hygiene, meals, assisting residents to get dressed or ready for bed and providing ongoing companionship.As a gesture of thanks, they were presented with a 25 years of service commemorative plaque, owers and vouchers for a night and dinner at the Langham Hotel and a Ticketek event of their choice. ISSUE 5 NOVEMBER 2016

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Travelling around the worldOne of the main reasons Norm and I moved into the Village after retirement was the travel bug. We wanted to see the world as we had virtually only seen Victoria on the few holidays we had been on.Moving to Cumberland View Retirement Living, we had the ability to lock up and leave with the security of knowing we had neighbours and management who would watch over our home while away. We have been in the village 7 years now and have travelled the world several times over. We have just got back from 3 weeks along the Volga River in Russia, which is 5,500 kilometres long, passing through 37 locks. Among the many countries we have been too are Japan, China, America, shing for piranha along the Amazon, pounding mullet in Gambia, staying in a Yurt in Mongolia and teaching in a Senegal school! And we are not nished yet!Cumberland View NewsResidents Vic, Isabelle and Reg from Cumberland View Aged Care Living – Windmill Court shared some memories on how television inuenced their lives since it began in Australia in 1956. They reminisced that in the early days not everyone owned televisions, so quite often a visit to a neighbours house or a stop at shop windows when shopping was necessary to watch the Olympics and the Queens visit.The group spoke of how television shaped day-to-day family lives. The consensus was that television was watched as a family and that dinner and dishes were completed in time for the nightly news broadcasts.In 1996, The United Nations proclaimed 21st November as World Television Day. It recognises how television brings world attention to major political, social, and economic issues and events. WORLD TELEVISION DAY Don’t forget your skin check!Each year, more than 2000 people in Australia die from skin cancer. Skin Cancer Awareness week is a time when we are reminded of the importance of sun protection and early skin cancer detection.A few weeks ago, I visited the doctor for my annual skin check. The doctor noticed a spot on the back of my calf that looked a little sinister. I hadn’t seen it before, because who regularly looks at the back of their leg?I had the ‘spot’ removed and it was sent for testing. Thankfully I received the good news that it was in fact, just a mole. Phew!It is a reminder to us all to have regular skin checks because like most of us, sun protection wasn’t something we considered in our younger years and it can catch up with you in later life.Vern GibbonsLIFESTYLE & HEALTHTRAVELVal McCluskey (Resident) Skin Cancer Awareness Week: 20th -26th November 2016Over the years it did start to encroach on family time and conversation. Some bad habits such as watching television with dinner on the lap did start to creep in.But overall, the friends spoke of how television continues to bring the world to them each day for news, entertainment, sports and momentous historic moments. Residents: Vic, Isabelle and Reg

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better living, quality livingcumberland view Pink Ribbon Day Melbourne Cup CarnivalCumberland View Aged Care Living – Whalley Drive hosted a great morning tea on Monday 24th October to support the Cancer Council of Victoria’s Pink Ribbon day. Each year, the day aims to raise awareness about breast and gynaecological cancers, and raise funds for prevention programs, support services and vital cancer research.Over 50 residents, care staff and allied service members attended with pink cakes, marshmellows, tea and coffee on offer. A $200 hamper created through donations from residents was rafed and won by Rita Radford. To add to the day’s enjoyment and to raise a further $100, Bruce and physiotherapist Kristen offered to colour their hair. It didn’t take very long to raise the money for this to happen.The Ladies Craft Group organised a stall showcasing a variety of homemade gifts and household items to purchase. The sale was a huge success with all funds raised directly supporting the great cause.Did you know that on 1st January 2017, the pension assets test used to calculate pensions will change? The following is a short guide to help you be prepared. The assets test thresholds and cut out limits will be altered. If you receive any of the following pensions, these changes may affect you: • The Age Pension • Carer Payment • Disability Support Pension • Widow B Pension • Wife PensionNew asset limits The assets test free area is increasing. Your assets don’t affect your payment if they fall below the assets test free area. • $250,000 for a single homeowner • $375,000 for a homeowner couple • $450,000 for a single non-homeowner • $575,000 for a non-homeowner coupleNote: The family home is still exempt from the assets test.Asset limits for allowances Asset limits for allowances will also increase and there will be no reduction or cancellation of allowances as a result of this.Assets over the assets test free area - The taper rate At the moment, for every $1,000 of assets you own over the assets test free area, your pension is reduced fortnightly by $1.50. The Spring Racing Carnival came to life at Cumberland View Aged Care Living, Whalley Drive with a week-long festival of activities.The Ladies Craft Group created fascinators fascinators and decorated hats to wear. Staff member Nicky Westland made the wonderful gesture of bringing her horse in. Residents were thrilled to pat and admire the gentle beast.On cup day, both residents and staff came together to watch the race. With champagne and nger food on hand, all eyes were on the big screen as Almandin rode to a famous victory. The annual cup sweep was won by 4 residents!Fashion on the elds on Oaks Day concluded the Carnival’s festivities. There was a great mixture of both residents and staff showing off their nes with the eventual winner being Bernarda.Cumberland View NewsECONOMICS - Changes to the Pension Assets TestEVENTSAlison and Rita JoanPension Bonus Scheme – When to claim If registered for the Pension Bonus Scheme, your bonus depends on the rate of Age Pension you’ll receive when you claim it. With the changes coming through on 1st January, this rate may be different before and after the date. Keep this in mind if you have the exibility of when to claim.Aged care fees For those in Aged Care, the change may also affect your government subsidised aged care fees. This is because your income, including your pension, affects your fees. If your pension is reduced or cancelled or if your aged care fees change, written communication will be sent from the Australian Department of Human Services.Assets test estimator For further information on how the assets test changes may impact your pension and to use the online estimator, visit the Australian Department of Human Services dedicated page: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/changes-pension-assets-test Sources: • National Seniors Australia: http://www.nationalseniors.com.au • Australian Department of Human Services www.humanservices.gov.au/customer enablers/changes-pension-assets-testFrom 1st January 2017, for every $1,000 of assets you own over the asset free area, your pension will reduce fortnightly by $3.00.Shirley and Big RedBig Red, Irene and AlisonNOVEMBER 2016ISSUE 5

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Kerrie Carter and Jenny RogersHome Care Reform ApproachingAs the Home Care Reform approaches (27th February 2017) we are doing our best to ensure that our village residents are well informed. There are many changes as part of the reform but some of the main areas are as follows:Home Care Providers will have unlimited home care package places - In the past, Home Care Providers have had to apply every year for more home care package allocations. Often times, Providers would be unsuccessful or minimally successful making consumer choice limited. Home Care Providers will no longer have to apply every year as the Government have lifted any / all allocation restrictions. This allows consumers to have their Home Care Provider of choice without having to wait.It will be based on consumer demand rather than the success of an application. This is why we are encouraging village residents (especially full pensioners) to be assessed for home care package approval….because you don’t really have anything to lose!Funding will follow the consumer - Once approved for a Home Care package, Government funding will be directed to whichever Home Care Provider you choose. Home Care Packages will be completely portable meaning that if you have a Home Care Package with another provider, you can transfer to Cumberland View Home Care and keep any funds you have accumulated.better living, quality livingcumberland view HOME CAREConsistent National approach to prioritising access to Home Care services through My Aged Care - There will be a streamlined, single point of entry into Aged Care Services through My Aged Care. www.myagedcare.gov.auUnspent funds are returned to the Government and/or the Consumer - If you have not used all of the subsidy that the Government has provided you with through your Home Care Package, it will be refunded to the Government whenever you exit your Home Care Package. If you haven’t spent the total amount of money you may have invested into your Home Care Package, it will be refunded to you whenever you exit your Home Care Package. In the past, the Home Care Provider has retained any unspent funds. So, in keeping with the times, a Home Care Provider can now charge a set Exit Fee that they determine for their own purposes.For further information please contact Trent on (03) 9790 0555 or tthomason@cumberlandview.com.auNeed more information? Please call us orvisit our website www.cumberlandview.com.au123-127 Whalley Drive, Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150Phone: 9795 9154101 Whalley Drive, Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150Phone: 9790 0555101 Whalley Drive, Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150Phone: 9795 9166Retirement Living Aged Care Living Home CareNext Issue - February 2017We want your ideas! If you’d like to see a particular story covered in our next issue, or if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to contact us below.It was the rst Saturday in October and the Doggies were in their rst grand nal since 1961 facing off against the powerhouse of the Sydney Swans. Could the Western Bulldogs pull off their rst premiership since 1954? It was all set for a fantastic contest and a fantastic day.Cumberland View Aged Care Living – Whalley Drive got into the spirit, with the residents, staff and the home decked out in team colours with a lean towards the bulldogs.Along with the big screen showing the game, the menu was strictly football; pies, hotdogs and hot chips. There were activities throughout the day including a tipping competition and plenty of prizes were won.There was much excitement to see the bulldogs win the fairytale premiership after a memorable game and everyone joined in with many choruses of the famous Sons of the West.AFL Grand FinalNOVEMBER 2016ISSUE 5