Oolong Hostel clocks up 25 years of aged care

The oldest resident helped cut the cake when a Howlong aged care home celebrated a milestone this week.

Edna Huxtable shared the honours as Oolong Hostel marked its 25th anniversary with a morning tea for residents, staff and guests.

Officially opened on February 6, 1993, Oolong Hostel was then owned and operated by Hume Shire.

Eighteen years later, also in February, UPA Murray took over the running of the 21-bed residential aged care hostel.

UPA Murray regional director Tony Dunn said the anniversary offered a chance to acknowledge the many people who had contributed to the hostel.

“In addition to many volunteers from the community having long associations with Oolong, we have four staff that have been working here for more than 10 years, two of them almost 15 years,” he said.

“They have been here longer than UPA and we value their dedication; continuity of care is important for the residents.”

One resident, Joyce Smith, remembered being visited by members of a local motorcycle club, who gave her a ride on their large three-wheeler up the main street of Howlong.

“Her motorbike ride highlights our philosophy of encouraging residents to engage in new activities and maintain their independence where they can,” Mr Dunn said.

UPA Murray, a not-for-profit provider of aged care services, oversees five retirement villages, six residential aged care facilities and rural aged care service packages.