Eldercare Sash Ferguson is located in the scenic Adelaide Hills town of Mount Barker which boasts a strong community spirit.
Built on land that was once used for dairy farming, the facility was named after Martha ‘Sash’ Ferguson. Sash had specified in her will that she wanted the land used to benefit older people in Mount Barker.
Eldercare took ownership of Sash Ferguson in 2003 and the facility has been upgraded several times. In June 2017, significant upgrades were made to several resident rooms and common areas, including the hairdressing salon and front reception area, providing residents and their families with a more modern homelike environment.
Sash Ferguson is located in Mount Barker near the main street with cafes and supermarkets nearby. The Mount Barker Homemaker Centre is a few minutes’ walk away when using the nearby walking trail.
The recently redeveloped Mount Barker Village Shopping Centre, which features 12 specialty shops and a gourmet Foodland, has also recently reopened. The centre is only a short walk from Sash Ferguson so residents can enjoy social outings with friends and relatives without needing to drive. Additionally, the neighbouring Mount Barker Village Medical Centre offers medical, dental, chiropractic, pathology and consulting services.
Eldercare has five retirement living locations situated within Mount Barker which provide opportunities for residents to have their spouses living in close proximity. Retirement living residents are also welcome to share meals with the residents at Sash Ferguson and participate in the Lifestyle Program.
Sash Ferguson has 53 rooms with some located in the secure Memory Support Unit, which supports residents living with dementia.
The grounds feature carefully-landscaped rose gardens, garden beds, trees and shrubs. Various tranquil courtyards dotted across the property also provide peaceful places for residents to reflect and relax.
Sash Ferguson has forged valuable connections with the Adelaide Hills Community Health Service at Mount Barker Hospital which provides after hours and emergency services.
Doctors and allied health professionals, including a podiatrist, physiotherapist and occupational therapist, regularly visit Sash Ferguson enabling all residents to receive quality health care without having to leave their home.
Residents can enjoy the on-site gym which features specially-designed equipment for older people and offers opportunities to build strength, increase fitness and improve mobility. Sash Ferguson’s hairdresser also provides services in the dedicated hairdressing salon at an additional cost.
A chef prepares all food on-site daily with two courses served for lunch and three courses for dinner each day. A cooked breakfast is offered one day per week with a continental breakfast served on the remaining days.
Sash Ferguson’s dedicated Lifestyle team leads a comprehensive Lifestyle Program which provides opportunities for residents to enjoy their favourite pastimes, discover new interests and develop fresh skills. The Lifestyle team is supported by Sash Ferguson’s established team of dedicated volunteers.
The Lifestyle Program includes, but is not limited to, a coffee club, cooking group, pet therapy with Bella the Labradoodle and a variety of musical activities featuring songs of the residents’ generations. Monthly bus trips to various destinations, whale watching and leisurely drives through the Hills to allow residents to enjoy new experiences and a change of scenery. The “Move It or Lose It” exercise program also offers a fun way of maintaining or improving residents’ health and wellbeing.
Cultural days are regularly celebrated and large, special events are held each year; some of which have included country show-themed events and an annual Christmas carols performance. Residents and family members are encouraged to attend these events.
There are no set visiting hours so friends and family members are welcome to visit their loved ones at any time. The team at Sash Ferguson also encourages communication with family members through regular relatives’ meetings and newsletters.
Students from local primary and high schools sing for the residents and children from the nearby early learning centre often join the residents for a meal or playtime.
Additionally, Sash Ferguson’s chaplain is on-site three days a week to provide emotional and spiritual support to residents and their families as well as leading a regular ‘Chaplain’s Chat’ where meaningful resident conversations are held in a comforting and safe environment.