As Part of Seniors Week, Paling Court’s Leisure and Lifestyle team have networked and liaised with other community organisations. They all came together at the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens recently, for a sensory walk with the residents.
The Aboriginal Elders that were present took the residents and staff on a Bush Tucker Walk, where residents had the opportunity to taste and smell some of the different bush foods present in the Gardens. The residents were also educated by park rangers on the different kinds of flora and fauna present in the Gardens. The residents were then treated to a BBQ lunch that was prepared by a local Men’s Group.
The residents are very much looking forward to future gatherings and taking part in other local community events.
Over the past year, we’ve been trialing and rolling out new uniforms for the care staff in all four Residential Aged Care facilities. The new uniforms are designed to be more breathable, easier to move around in, and cooler in the summer when we hit those extreme temperatures!
It was like the first day of school all over again down at Mary Mackillop recently, when a number of staff received their brand new uniforms for the first time.
The staff were very proud to show off their new uniforms to the residents and to each other!
Werombi Court residents were feeling the love this Valentines day! Parry, Rothbury and Rose residents have recently enjoyed each other’s company whilst making cards for fellow residents and students. These decorated the tables throughout the facility, along with heart chocolates.
Our new volunteer photographer Colin kindly came in and offered his time and services to take photos of the residents. Some enjoyed posing it up for the cameras solo or with loved ones and staff. The photo sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by all, bringing laughter and a sense of excitement to the facility. We are looking forward to having Colin return for other events!
The residents have also enjoyed sharing old photos with friends, and making collages to brighten up the walls in their rooms. It was a wonderful time recently for social fun, reminiscence, and the building of friendships between the residents. Below are some of the lovely photographs that were taken throughout the day!
In our endeavour to continuously provide quality care, we recently arranged staff education that assisted us to understand how the residents daily care is done. In this instance we wanted to ensure staff are well educated in the processes of feeding residents – including the anatomy and physiology of feeding and how we can modify diets for the benefit of those with swallowing disorders.
This education recently took place in our Mary Mackillop facility.
We engaged speech therapist Christa Taylor to come in to the facility to educate our staff. The educational session included a theoretical component, and a practical component- whereby staff had to feed each other and also taste the modified diets and thickened fluids, so they understood just what the residents had to eat and drink.
It was a great session, and an extremely interactive education experience. We would like to thank Christa Taylor for her time and willingness to come and provide continuing education to our staff around this topic.
This month at Paling Court, our Leisure and Lifestyle and Allied Health teams have been introducing the new Fiona’s Touch program to the residents as part of a series of sensory activities. This has been very enjoyable for all of our staff and residents, who have been learning about the benefits of hand massage to enhance the senses.
Staff have been using various oils as part of the hand massage activity, including Lavender for calming, Elevation Joyful Blend for excitement and vitality, and Easy Air Clear Blend to help open up airways. Staff have been shown how to mix different oils together so that they are more effective.
Staff at Paling Court have combined the Fiona’s Touch program with Chair Yoga, by diffusing the oils through the air while having a Yoga Session in one of our many common spaces. The residents have welcomed the new activity, and enjoy the relaxation segment of Yoga!
Our residential aged care facilities have been lucky enough to have the Melody Makers entertaining our residents for the last 20 years. The Melody Makers are a musical group that comprises of Sheila on the piano, Kevin on guitar, George on the violin, and Lawrie on the saxophone.
All four members of the group volunteer their time each Friday morning to play familiar songs/tunes for the resident and sing along with them. Currently the Melody Makers take turns visiting our Grasmere Terrace, Paling Court, and Werombi Court facilities.
As if that wasn’t special enough, Sheila celebrated her 100th Birthday in July this year, and is still dedicated to giving up her time each Friday morning to come and entertain our residents. Hearing (and seeing) Sheila play the piano mostly from memory is a very special thing.
Pictured below are the Melody Makers performing at our Grasmere Terrace facility.
Mary Mackillop facility had the privilege of hosting Angie from Butterflies Florist in Camden, who came in to demonstrate tea cup flower arranging for our residents. Angie is lucky enough to have an abundance of cups donated to her from members of the local community, and so she was excited to demonstrate this new activity to our residents.
The residents had the opportunity to show off their creativity and have a sensory experience through the touch and the delicate smell of the flowers. At the end of the activity, Angie presented each resident with a gift card and an envelope; they could choose to keep their arrangement or give it to somebody as a gift. One of the participating residents decided to gift her beautiful arrangement to another resident who was not able to make it to the activity on that day in the hope that it would brighten up their day.
What a lovely gesture! A big thank you to Angie from Butterflies Florist in Camden for coming out to spend time with our residents, we are looking forward to having her back with us again very soon.
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.