Melissa Magnone | Lifestyle Coordinator at Mirridong

As part of the #celebratingwomeninagedcare campaign, we asked Melissa Magnone to write about her experience working in aged care as a Lifestyle Coordinator at Japara Mirridong (Bendigo, VIC).

How would you describe what it is that you do, both in your role as Lifestyle Coordinator and outside of work?

When I’m at work, I am always thinking of how to better resident wellbeing, and how to actively gain participation while also giving residents choice. We are always trialing new ideas and gaining feedback on how to better the lifestyle program and how to continually grow our program and team.

When at home, I am a wife, mother, and sister. My hobbies include cooking for my family and friends, landscaping, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.

How did you come to work in aged care?

Once I completed my schooling I began a farming apprenticeship in my home town. I stayed there for two years until the lure of city living made me move to Melbourne. I held various jobs there until I met my husband and moved back to my home town. While bringing up our children, I worked as a Family Day Carer then Refuse Manager. While working there I decided a career change was in order and then became a volunteer at our local nursing home for two years until a position became available.

From here, I worked full-time and studied and gained an additional three Certificates in Aged Care, Lifestyle and Leisure, and Office Admin.

I have enjoyed all my roles but my passion is in my current role as a Lifestyle Coordinator

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