Trugo Place: Q&A with lifestyle and nursing


Our brand-new aged care home, Japara Trugo Place, will be opening in February 2021. We spoke to our lifestyle coordinator, Deborah Clarke, and one of our nurses, Zotico Cagulada, to get to know them and find out what we can expect from this exciting new home.



Lifestyle Coordinator: Deborah Clarke


Which qualities make you a good fit for this role?

Working with the elderly community can be one of the most fulfilling careers/pastimes available.

As the ageing process can be difficult and confusing for some to deal with, residents will need the support of dedicated people who are empathetic, caring, good listeners, able to observe and communicate, and active advocates for them.

Having 30 years of experience in aged care and currently enjoying the role of Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator for Japara Yarra West, I have the qualities to implement and coordinate leisure activities that promote and enhance the emotional, spiritual, social and physical wellness of our residents.


What sorts of activities should residents at Trugo Place expect?

Residents can expect an active calendar program that will include:

  • Physical fitness (different levels of exercise and walking)
  • Various levels of cognitive support programs
  • Beauty therapy, including hairdressing and manicures
  • Men’s shed with pool table
  • Gardening program
  • Meditation
  • Arts and crafts
  • Music groups
  • Happy hour
  • External entertainers
  • Bingo
  • Movie afternoons and nights in the theatre
  • Cards and games afternoons
  • And much more!


Old lady paining


How do you plan to engage the Newport community with Trugo activities?

We plan to have contact with various churches in close vicinity to Trugo Place, have frequent visits from school students to interact with our residents, use local shops and cafes, and have contact with antique dealers to loan items for display in our memory support programs.



Nurse: Zotico Cagulada


Why did you decide to become a nurse?

I decided to become a nurse because it makes me feel good to help other people. Nursing is one of those professions where we can have a holistic impact on other people’s lives and make them feel better.


A smiling old man doing a crossword with a lady


Tell us how you’ve found working in healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working in healthcare, and specifically in aged care, has been stressful due to the fear and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. It has brought a lot of sadness within aged care, which has been very difficult but has ultimately made us stronger.


What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse in aged care?

I find the most rewarding part of being a nurse is being able to make someone’s life a little bit better. Being able to make my residents smile, laugh, and feel cared for brings joy to my heart.


Enquire today

Trugo Place will be opening to new residents in February 2021. If you or your loved one would like to register your interest, book a tour, or have a question for our team, get in touch with us today on 1800 52 72 72 or via our Contact Form.

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