Home Nursing Group is a locally owned and operated aged care business,
passionate about supporting older people to enjoy life in their own home.
The Armidale couple first employed Home Nursing Group’s (HNG) Respite Services a year ago, and now receive the service five times a week to assist Jack whilst Kath continues her role in the Research Services Directorate at the University of New England (UNE).
A fiercely devoted community woman, she splits her hours in the day between her work with Home Nursing Group (HNG) and her time as a mum, a volunteer and a keen exercise enthusiast.
James Rowland has led a very full life; from working on steam ships and as a licensed builder, to dancing professionally as a ball room exhibition dancer. Now living in Forster, the 88-year-old received physiotherapy appointments through Home Nursing Group (HNG) which helps him with his sometimes debilitating nerve pain.
Hannah Archibald lives by Einstein’s immortal words, ‘Strive not to be a success, but rather be of value’. The Coffs Harbour local is Team Leader for the area’s Home Nursing Group branch and says the work has enriched her life.
Leone was just 16-years-old when she first clapped her eyes on George Aiken. The two, both students at local high schools, were at an Old-Time dance in Parramatta. Leone instantly liked the look of George. “I suppose I fell in love with his nice long legs. He was a Homebush boy; I went to Parramatta home Science which was an all girls’ school, he went to an all boys’ school,” Leone says. “We knew at our first date that this was it. We both felt very comfortable, and that was how it has stayed.”
Beverly Lilley leads a very full life. Having lived in Armidale’s Newling Gardens for the past decade, the dynamic grandmother shows no signs of slowing down. She keeps a busy schedule - playing Mah-jong on Monday, group exercise on Tuesdays and Fridays, Canasta on Wednesday and shopping on Thursday – all while maintaining her life member status at the Armidale Probus Club, membership with National Seniors Australia and an active role in her church. “I couldn’t live without my diary!” she laughs. “I like to try and keep busy.”
Virginia Liddle had a career change later in life when she was looking for something different after breeding ultra-fine wool and training dressage horses all her adult life. She joined Home Nursing Group as an AIN in 2009 and says the best part of the job are the fascinating people she meets; clients who have lived ordinary, extraordinary lives and have lessons to pass on.
Marjorie Martin has been on hand for an enormous number of people through some of the most trying times of their lives, as a founding member and telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline in Port Macquarie. Now, nearing her tenth decade, it’s time for others to support her, with Home Nursing Group (HNG) stepping in to help Marjorie stay comfortably at home.
Jono Neufield has gone from strength to strength throughout his career – which had its beginnings with Armidale’s Home Nursing Group. Now working as an acute nurse in Sydney, Jono looks back at the organisation that opened the first door to the life he loves.
Paul Hammond has dipped in and out of his work with aged health care and has now settled in Port Macquarie where he works for Home Nursing Group (HNG). When not giving back with his role as an Assistant in Nursing, he’s deep within his greatest passion; travelling the world.
Lance Kilner talks about growing up in the country, his passion for life on the land, and managing his independence after his near fatal accident.
Armidale client Bill Hall (89) and his wife Chris (87) took the time to talk to us about their adventures from Scotland to Africa, and having the resilience to keep moving forward.