Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland visited aged-care facilities and retirement villages in Kilmore and Seymour last week, taking the opportunity to hear from the region’s older residents.
In a recent visit, Ms Cleeland met with residents at the Karingal aged-care facility in Seymour, as well as BlueCross Willowmeade aged-care and the Kingsgate retirement village, both in Kilmore.
“Visiting our retirement villages and aged care homes is always a delight and one of the most rewarding aspects of my job,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Getting to these facilities has been an opportunity to connect with individuals whose family legacies continue to shape our community, including park names, stadium honours, and road signs.
“It’s a heartfelt tribute to their contributions to our towns. Meeting the faces behind these legendary surnames is an absolute joy.”
Ms Cleeland pointed out that visits to these facilities were critical to ensure the residents have their voices heard, with many unable to physically get in contact with her office.
“Distance and physical barriers should never prevent us from connecting, which is why I value time connecting with our aged care residents,” Ms Cleeland said.
“I am fully aware that many people in these facilities are unable to attend my office themselves, so visits like this gives me the best opportunity to hear from residents directly about what they need.
“Not only do I get the chance to hear what our elderly residents are in need of and what matters to them, I am able to see firsthand the tireless work that staff put in to provide an ideal environment for the senior residents of our community.”