Presbyterian Aged Care celebrate the success of the Apsley Riverview Hostel

Presbyterian Aged Care CEO Paul Sadler with Riverview Hostel manager Olivia Wood, one of the original instigators Don Murchie, longest-serving employee Toni Brazel and Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes cut the celebration cake.

Presbyterian Aged Care CEO Paul Sadler with Riverview Hostel manager Olivia Wood, one of the original instigators Don Murchie, longest-serving employee Toni Brazel and Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes cut the celebration cake.

Walcha Riverview Hostel celebrated 25 years of caring for the elderly last week as well as 75 years of Presbyterian Aged Care, the organisation which owns and manages the facility.

In her welcome to the guests at the celebratory morning tea and photographic exhibition opening, Riverview manager Olivia Woods quoted one of her favourite Bible verses for job motivation.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged and does not long life bring understanding?” she said.

“Between our residents here at the Apsley Riverview Hostel, we have  a total of 2594 years of experience, so we have a lot of wisdom in our facility.”

To mark the occasion, a photographic exhibition of residents created by former activities officer Janene Wright and local photographer Tasha Chawner was displayed.

Presbyterian Aged Care chief executive officer Paul Sadler said the atmosphere that the staff, residents and families create in Riverview was fantastic.

“It is a wonderful place to walk into,” he said.

Don Murchie was one of the original members of the steering committee and spoke about the history of gaining funds and building the aged care hostel.