Bob and Val cook up award

August 26, 2017

Glanville Village volunteers Bob Cooper and Val Cook have been named finalists in the Celebrating Aged Care Awards.

GLANVILLE Village volunteers Bob Cooper and Val Cook came runners-up in the Celebrating Aged Care Awards.

Bob, known as the resident handyman, has been volunteering at Glanville Village since 2011.

He is the lead organiser of the monthly men’s group barbecue and co-ordinates the Wednesday morning woodwork outing, which allows residents to engage in woodwork activities at the local men’s shed.

‘‘The good thing about it, it gets them away from this environment and puts them into a men’s environment and talk about things men talk about,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s really good for them.’’

Bob said Glanville Village was a beautiful place to be.

‘‘When you think of the staff here right through the Echuca Regional Health, and here in Glanville, the leisure and lifestyle people, all the nurses, the ladies in the kitchen, they all do a truly magnificent job. And you can see that through the attitudes of the residents,’’ he said.

Glanville Village lifestyle co-ordinator Jill Whitehead said Bob did anything that was asked of him to support the team and help the residents and had built wonderful relationships with some of the residents in the dementia ward.

‘‘He has great people skills and a gentle caring nature which is admired by the staff, residents and their families,’’ Ms Whitehead said.

Val has been volunteering at Glanville Village four days a week since she started in 2012.

She runs the twice weekly local newspaper reading session, which gives residents the chance to hear the local news and connect them to their community, and leads the Tuesday nails day program.

She even brings her four grandchildren in during the school holidays to sit with residents.

‘‘I do whatever needs to be done and I just love the residents and that’s what it’s all about,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re beautiful people. They’re very interesting. They tell you a lot of what they did in the olden days which is very interesting and exciting to hear, whereas the generation of today I don’t think understand the older generation. It’s a dying art.

‘‘Most of them come from here and live to a very good age. I just love it here.’’

Ms Whitehead said Val went above and beyond to support the residents and ran engaging activities which provided them with opportunities to interact with each other and improve their health and wellbeing.

‘‘Seeing Val interact with the residents is just so special. She is so supportive to our whole team and engages with the residents in a really beautiful way, treating everyone with respect and always with a smile,’’ she said.

‘‘We would be lost without her.’’

The Celebrating Aged Care Week campaign is about recognising the positive impact dedicated public health workers make within residential aged care.

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