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Creating new memories one day at a time

Published Wednesday 18 December 2019
  • Aged Care
  • Disability and Mental Health

Hyland House is a vibrant community that thrives on social outings, activity groups and some good old-fashioned card games.  

Nestled amongst the trees of Petrie in Brisbane’s outer north, Hyland House provides day-respite to people over the age of 65 and to people living with a disability. It allows people to have a break in a comfortable and supportive environment. The person’s carer can trust that their loved one is in good company for the day.  

Each day, Hyland House comes alive with laughter and chatter, as people gather and get involved in the endless activities on offer. It’s an inclusive environment where everyone is encouraged to learn new skills and socialise with one another. All activities and hobby interests are welcomed, with days tailored towards the individual’s needs.  

There are several regulars that attend Hyland House weekly including senior members Jenny, and Ann. Jenny has been coming to Hyland House for a year, while Ann had been for over six years. They both love to come on a Tuesday and Thursday when the art and craft group is on.  

“It’s so much fun here. We have our art and craft group on a Tuesday and Thursday. You can probably hear us laughing from down the hall. We’ve made great friends here and it’s always a good time,” says Jenny.  

“When I first started coming to Hyland House, it was to give myself and my late Husband a break. He was quite ill, and I felt as though we needed a bit of space during the day sometimes. I’m quite an outgoing person so I really wanted to get back out into the community and mingle with like-minded people. 

“Funnily enough Hyland House is the same location that I had my wedding reception fourty-nine years ago. I couldn’t believe it. My Husband has since passed. You could say I have a special connection to here.” 


Hyland House day-respite member Jenny knitting in the weekly arts and crafts group. 

For the past few years the members of the art and craft group have individually entered their crafty work into the Pine Rivers Show. Many of which have been successful in receiving one of the top places! They have already started on their next project for the Pine Rivers Show, which isn’t until August 2020.  

“It’s nice working together as team and being a part of something together. We’ve made such wonderful friendships here,” says Jenny.  

Julie Cameron, Manager of Wesley Mission Queensland’s Respite Services, says Hyland House is a wonderful and lively community.  

“Wesley Mission Queensland (WMQ) has been operating Hyland House for over five years. In the last year we have focused on implementing the Eden Alternative philosophy of care and Hyland House has been successful in becoming registered in Principles 2 and 10. It’s very exciting as we are the first WMQ respite centre to become Eden registered,” says Julie.  

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