Welcoming tree frog
THERE may be more to Grafton than its wildlife, but it was a green tree frog that caught the attention of Rachael Boerst's two children when they visited last week.
Which is lucky, because they will soon move from Sydney to join Mrs Boerst after she took up the position of Director of Residential Care Services at Clarence Nursing Home, otherwise known as Livingstone House.
"This was a great opportunity for me and it was a perfect chance to for us to move from Sydney and live somewhere more rural," she said.
"We've been thinking about this kind of move for some time. Anywhere that's not three hours from the beach is going to be great."
But it is not just the rural lifestyle which has excited Mrs Boerst. She also has many plans for Clarence Nursing Home.
"I've got thousands of ideas
'Anywhere that's not three hours from the beach is going to be great.'
but everything takes time so I'll be taking small steps.
"There are a lot of improvements I think can be made but the major goal at this stage is gaining a three year accreditation in March."
Mrs Boerst has worked in the aged care industry for 15 years. Her previous position was deputy director of the Easter Park Frank Whiddon Home in Glenfield, Sydney.
With 445 beds it was markedly larger than Clarence Nursing Home, but Mrs Boerst said she was looking forward to being able to have personal contact with the patients and their families.