Our Grasmere Terrace facility are very proud of their partnership with Elderslie Early Learning Centre. There have been many studies that demonstrate the benefits that intergenerational interaction can have not just for the elderly, but also for our younger citizens as well.
Once a month our residents go to visit Elderslie Early Learning to engage with the children, participate in activities, and share a lunch meal with the children.
Not only is it a great way for our residents to continue having ties to the local community through these outings, but the activity also serves as a reminiscence exercise, where our residents can reflect on their own childhood, and share what life was like when they were growing up.
Thank you to Elderslie Early Learning Centre for embracing this partnership and being so kind and welcoming to our residents. Pictured below are some of our Grasmere Terrace residents participating in various activities with the children of the Elderslie Early Learning Centre.
Werombi Court have recently introduced an Aroma Touch program for their residents. Our Werombi Court Leisure and Lifestyle staff were trained by Fiona Jones, and were taught to use different scents and smells to provide a sensory experience for the residents.
The staff were also taught how to use a singing bowl, which has been used for centuries as a meditative and relaxation tool in various cultures around the world.
The residents have very much embraced the new program. They have enjoyed the comforting and relaxing effects of aroma touch, with residents able to choose their own scent for their own experience. It has been a great experience for the residents as a relaxation and reminiscence activity. Staff have also been loving the one on one aspect of this activity and are looking forward to continuing this special program with the residents.
Our residents, family members, and staff very much enjoyed celebrating Oktoberfest this week, a traditional German celebration. While the origins of Oktoberfest are uncertain, it is now an 18 day festival celebrated by six million people celebrating the event in Germany alone.
Our Leisure and Lifestyle cooked traditional food for the residents, including Pretzels and Black Forest Pudding. To further immerse themselves in the German Culture, a ‘Travel to Germany’ documentary was shown.
The residents are looking forward to continuing their cultural explorations next month with a special ‘Malta Day’.
It was great to see families and friends from Camellia down in our Mary Mackillop facility come together for family day recently.
This day is an annual event organised by staff in the facility- we were in luck with the weather this year! This year’s event featured clowns dressed up to entertain the residents, and Jye, one of our music therapy students brought along some musical instruments for a sing along. It was wonderful to see residents and families participate in this very special activity.
What a day it was! We had 26 family members dancing in a congo line through the Carrington grounds, catching bubbles around the courtyard, and enjoying a picnic lunch with their loved ones in our beautiful gardens.
It was great seeing the family and residents try and guess who it was beneath the clown costumes- a big thank you to Bob from our Village who gave his time to be there on the day, as well as Julie Barry, our facility manager, and nursing staff Therese and Anna.
The music therapy programs at Grasmere Terrace provide residents with live music making and singing to support their physical, emotional and cognitive needs. Residents either receive group or individual sessions that improve socialisation, reduce anxiety and give them a creative outlet.
A 1-hour group session is run each week at Macarthur where residents are engaged in various activities and interventions playing drums, hand percussion, singing from printed lyrics and relaxing to classical songs. Residents who are unable to attend a group are met in their room and actively involved in individual sessions to songs they choose or are most familiar with.
The music therapy students that run these sessions are in their final year of study at Western Sydney University of the Master of Creative Music Therapy and will definitely miss all the great residents and staff at Carrington.
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