A little bit of retail therapy

Some residents were keen to visit the local discount store, so we climbed into our Alexandra Gardens bus and went for a shopping trip!

The bus was full of energy and excitement as they discussed what they wanted to look at and buy.

Amazed at all the products on offer, some knew exactly what they wanted, while others took their time trawling down every aisle with their baskets, looking for that special something.

They walked away with wool for crafting, pictures and calendars to hang in their rooms, toiletries, ornaments, flowers and storage containers. They couldn’t resist a few lollies, either!  

To find out more about our community, please contact our friendly team by calling

(07) 4999 3000 or emailing infoAG@prescare.org.au

Meet Faith, our Registered Nurse who loves making a difference to residents’ lives

Faith joined us in 2022 from Abu Dhabi, after growing up and training in the Philippines. Inspired by her close relationship with her grandparents, she loves taking care of residents, treating them like her own family.

Why did you choose Nursing in aged care over a hospital setting?

Some of my fondest memories are of my grandparents taking care of me and my sister. I first became a Nurse so that I could eventually take care of them. Here, I love making a difference to residents and making them happy. They always comment when I have something bright on, so I wear things just to make them smile.

How would you describe Alexandra Gardens?

We’re one big family! We’re like siblings who work together to put the needs of residents first. I feel so incredibly lucky to work here.

How are you supported by your leadership team?

We have a great leadership structure, with very open and honest communication. When I first arrived, Sandra was very flexible and accommodating as I continued my studies to retrain as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

How are you supported by Apollo Care?

The Apollo Care systems make the job of providing excellent care to residents so much easier. For example, our new medication system, Best Med, means we no longer need to interpret doctor’s instructions or handwriting – it’s all there and easily accessible. Apollo Care also provided amazing support to help bring my husband and two children to Australia.

To find out more about our community, please contact our friendly team by calling

(07) 4999 3000 or emailing infoAG@prescare.org.au

Lunchtime at Alexandra Gardens

When it comes to mealtimes at Alexandra Gardens, neighbours Ethel, Maree and Barbara look forward to catching up, saying it feels just like one big family gathering.

“It’s great to sit down with friends each day. I really enjoy the social companionship. We chat about what activities are on for the day, our family and friends, and of course, the menu. Mealtimes here remind me a lot of family mealtimes – because everyone at the table is like family,” says Ethel.

Ethel, Maree and Barbara love the flexible approach to country-style meals and say the daily menus offer lots of delicious options and family favourites. They also love that they can choose when and where they eat, and help themselves to a snack or drink at any time.

“There’s plenty of choice – just like home. We get to choose our own menu each month, usually themed from different countries around the world. And we can provide suggestions and input into the menu design at our Focus on Food meetings,” says Maree.

“I like all the meals, but my favourites are Caesar salad, and grilled salmon and salad. At night, we prefer a lighter meal so we request cold meat and salad, or a toasted sandwich. It’s nice to have this flexibility and be able to choose,” says Barbara.

To find out more about our community, please contact our friendly team by calling

(07) 4999 3000 or emailing infoAG@prescare.org.au

Alexandra Gardens receives community grant

Trish & Sharlene accepting the grant from John Hill, Club Director

We’re thrilled to be a successful applicant for the Frenchville Sports Club’s 2024 Community Partnership Program. The Club contributed $500, a new Webber BBQ and outdoor furniture. 

The cash donation will be put towards new screening for our Happy Hour area where residents can relax and enjoy afternoon catch-ups together with refreshments. 

A huge thank you to the Frenchville Sports Club for this wonderful initiative. It shows their unwavering commitment to giving back to the wider community that has supported it for generations. This will grant will be enjoyed by all residents for many years to come.  

To find out more about our community, please contact our friendly team by calling

(07) 4999 3000 or emailing infoAG@prescare.org.au

Daryl and Val enjoy lunch every week at Alexandra Gardens 

We love supporting residents to stay connected with their loved ones.

Val has been a part of the Alexandra Gardens’ family since her Mother became a resident in 2017. Not long after she passed away, Val’s husband, Daryl, moved to this community requiring specialist dementia support. A frequent visitor for six years, Val also volunteers now.

What do you think makes Alexandra Gardens so special?

It’s a lovely, welcoming community and the staff are just beautiful. I love them all! They are responsive, they communicate with me and keep me updated, but most importantly, they are all so kind.

What do you like to do when you visit?

Sometimes we sit in Daryl’s private suite and talk, or we walk around the garden. I join him on the bus outings around the local area, or I take him out for drives in my car. Every Thursday, we have an alfresco lunch date in the garden with a glass of wine. It’s a lovely tradition for us and the staff are so accommodating.

Do you think Daryl feels at home at Alexandra Gardens?

He really does. The specialist dementia care he receives is excellent and the compassion and respect he’s shown is amazing. He is in the best hands – this community is a step above. From the way the Manager Sandra is so approachable, to how the Lifestyle Team incorporates dementia-specific activities, and how well he is cared for by the Nurses and Carers – I can’t fault it.

To find out more about our community, please contact our friendly team by calling (07) 4999 3000 or emailing infoAG@prescare.org.au

Meet Lata, our Care Manager who’s introducing positive initiatives

Qualifying as a Registered Nurse in Fiji, Lata spent time in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 2006. Her extensive clinical experience spans a broad range of specialties from midwifery to emergency care and intensive care nursing, through to aged care nursing.

As our new Care Manager, Lata is introducing positive initiatives to Alexandra Gardens, including an after-hours GP service and a mobile, bulk-billed eye-care clinic.

What do you love most about your role as Care Manager?

I love every day! It’s a big change from hospital nursing, but the best part is that I’m able to provide continuous care for residents and support their families as well. I’m there for a family’s aged care journey, and that’s very satisfying because I get to know them so well.

How would you describe Alexandra Gardens?

The smaller house design, the access to outdoor spaces, the way visitors are welcome any time – it all feels like home. Residents are treated with absolute dignity and respect and supported to remain as independent as possible. This is a wonderful community to be part of.

How do you work together as a team to put residents first?

Everyone’s input is valued and we have mutual trust for each other. Sandra is an amazing role model and she supports all of us greatly. We all work cohesively with the same goal – to make a positive difference to residents.

To find out more about our community, please contact our friendly team by calling (07) 4999 3000 or emailing infoAG@prescare.org.au