Traditional knowledge is respected at our Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Care facility at Kaltukatjara (Docker River). One example is the making of bush medicine, using olive oil and beeswax and irmangka irmangka plants that have been collected locally. Our residents strip the plants of their leaves and brew them up according to a traditional recipe.
Another much-loved activity is helping visitors from the NPY Women’s Council to prepare ‘taters’ and kangaroo tail, wrapping them in foil for cooking in the firepit; or sometimes bush turkey, home-grown bush tomatoes and nutritious witchetty grubs. A few months after the grevilleas flower, some residents like to dig beneath their roots to pull out the honey ants and enjoy their intense sweetness.
The Community Art Gallery brings equipment into the front yard so residents can paint, and members of the community come in and paint alongside them, helping to keep strong the art traditions of the Anangu people of the region.
There are 19 beds, and some of the rooms are shared. All of them have access to verandas, where daybeds are available for resting and sleeping in the summer.
At ARRCS Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura Flexible Care, flexibility is the key word, so you can experience your care, your way.
‘Many of our residents grew up in the bush. If they want to sleep outside, we have floor beds to allow them to be as close to the ground as is possible’ – Centre manager, Doreen Coughran
Single and shared rooms, with access to the outside.
Painting, making bush medicine, cooking and entertainment including music, films and TV.
There is a nearby clinic and a dialysis unit, and doctors fly in regularly. A podiatrist visits every six weeks and an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and dentist attend regularly.
The four-week rotational menu is reviewed every six months to include nutritious, tasty meals.
We provide services for people living with dementia.
Respite care is available
Palliative care is available.
We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people accepted as members of the community.
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