Clients and residents of Winston House will soon be singing and dancing up a storm to the sound of much needed musical instruments.

Winston House Residential Manager Charmaine Cawse said the donation of an $800 gift card from supporters of GIVIT had given a new lease of life to many of their patrons.

“Recently one of our clients mentioned she used to play the guitar and another told us she was a great singer,” she said.

“We have always wanted to start music sessions and maybe even a music group. Now we can.”

She said the musical instruments were an instant hit almost as soon as they were unloaded and in the building.

“One gentleman told us he hadn’t touched a piano in years, yet he grabbed the keyboard and gave us a great rendition of The Rose,” she said.

Gympie Musicland owner Bob Tryhorn said when he heard about the donation he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the locals.

“We hear of the great work they do at Winston House and it’s good to see the community get behind them,” he said.

He said when some of the staff and residents came in they looked like kids in a lolly shop.

“They knew what they wanted and eventually left with a musical keyboard, xylophone, a bongo drum, guitar, tambourine and some shakers” he said.

Ms Cawse said she was looking forward to the effect the musical instruments would have on the residents and clients.

“Science has shown that music can alter brain structure and function for the better,” she said. “And it makes us smile.”

Named after Winston Churchill, Winston House opened as an Aged Care Facility in 1 August 1964.

In 2015 the building was closed for a while until 121 Care took it over its management in 2018.

Ms Cawse said at the time 121 Care was looking to fill a much needed gap in transitional supported accommodation in the area.

“Winston House provides 24/7 support with meals, medication management, health care and personal care,” she said.

“Our focus is on preparation for transition to independent living.

“We are committed to help people on their journey of recovery by encouraging independence and social participation in the community.”

For  information about tWinston House or services contact manager@winstonhouse.org.au or phone 121 Care on 07 5443 9777.

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121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.
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The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.
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What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.
I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.

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David, a client since 1999

I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.
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David, parent of a client

Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life.


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Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life. Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

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Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.
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