Staff at Paling Court have recently started a new activity with their residents- they are calling it armchair travel, which involves the residents and accompanying staff members immersing themselves in the culture of a particular country. Usually, the country that is chosen is one that one of the residents has a strong connection with through their heritage and family.
This month, the country of choice was South Africa. Residents were given their very own passports to travel with, and staff had food samples for residents to experience some of the traditional meals served on the African Continent, and South Africa. Fat Cake, Fizzers, Roobois, Koeksisters, and Wine Gums were all on offer for our residents and staff to try.
Some of the residents chose to wear a traditional head piece, and enjoyed listening to the beating drums of traditional African music. Mary, one of our residents from South Africa also had a conversation in Zulu with one of our staff members who also has African Heritage.
The residents of Mary Mackillop enjoyed a great day out at Teen Ranch Cobbitty, where they were greeted with a lovely morning tea of scones with jam and cream provided by staff.
The purpose of the day was so that staff and residents could bond with each other outside of the facility, while partaking in some out of the ordinary activities together. Both residents and staff enjoyed a ride on the flying fox, although many struggled with hitting that elusive bulls eye during the archery activity!
A particular highlight of the day was the opportunity to groom and feed some of the beautiful horses that Teen Ranch keep on their property. With many of our residents having a background with horses, it was wonderful to see them interact so positively with the animals.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the wonderful staff at Teen Ranch for providing such a great experience for our staff and residents- it truly was a memorable day.
Ma & Pa’s Fashions is an external business run by Robyn Thomas. She has been providing a service to Carrington for over 10 years selling discounted clothing and accessories suitable for both male and female residents who live in our four residential care facilities.
Residents look forward to seeing Robyn and purchasing clothing that residents may not be able to access so easily in the community. Robyn also donates vouchers for the leisure and lifestyle team to raffle off to the residents and family within Grasmere Terrace.
Should you wish to utilise Robyn’s services, she can be contacted on 0405 455 377. Thank you Robyn for your time and your generosity to our residents!
Every fortnight, Werombi Court has the pleasure of visiting the pre-schoolers at KU Cobbitty Preschool. This week we bought the residents from Rose House, who enjoyed a wide range of activities. Juice, cheese platters, fresh fruit and even some sneaky Cheezels were enjoyed by all.
This week, we played a special edition of bingo. After reading ‘Dear Zoo’, we played a ‘Dear Zoo’ bingo game with the preschool children, which involved blocking out different animals on our bingo cards. With the final ‘slithering snake’ called, everyone enthusiastically called out bingo… Freddo Frogs were shared by all!
We finished off with a short play outside in the sandpit and playground, although a few of the kids almost blew away with the frosty wind!! All had a wonderful time, and we can’t wait until next fortnight. A huge thank you to Cobbitty Preschool, for always being the most hospitable hosts!
We love finding new venues and museums to take our residents to on their regular bus outings. The Grasmere Terrace residents were recently taken on a trip to the Museum of Fire in Penrith for a guided tour.
After the tour, the residents had a chance to sit down and speak to some of the volunteer fire fighters. During these conversations, they learnt more about the work that our volunteer fire fighters do each year, learn about the history of the fireman and how the role has evolved over time. They also had the opportunity to view the fire equipment, find out what each piece was used for, and learn a little bit more about general fire awareness.
No matter our age, fire safety and awareness is always valuable information to know. The residents finished off the outing with a packed picnic lunch, having the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunshine outside.
It is said that the first four weeks of a resident settling into an aged care environment are always the hardest. There may not only be anxiety around the unknown, but the change in environment can also contribute to feelings of loss, uncertainty or confusion for some.
Recognising this, the staff at Paling Court recently put on a special morning tea to welcome new residents to their facility. All of the new residents enjoyed tea and some sweet treats, and also had the opportunity to meet some of Paling Court’s existing residents. It was beautiful weather, and the fresh air and the view from the balcony was very much enjoyed by all at the table.
We are very much looking forward to including the new residents in all the great activities and outings that the Leisure and Lifestyle team work so hard in pulling together each month.
We are always proud of the vibrant lifestyle that the residents in our retirement village lead. A big part of the village is the social aspect, but also the activity groups and clubs that residents attend. These groups and clubs are run by our residents, and hours of work go on behind the scenes to ensure that the clubs continue to run successfully for the enjoyment of all of our village residents.
Perhaps the oldest club currently at Carrington is the Croquet Club. They recently celebrated their 30th Birthday, which is an absolutely incredible milestone. Members enjoyed a lunch, and handed out Certificates of Appreciation to those members who have had a particular impact on the club over the years. Chief Executive Raad Richards also was in attendance, and congratulated the club on the successful milestone. The cake baked by our head chef Paul was also very well received!
It is thought that Croquet was played at Carrington as early as 1985, however the first official meeting of the club was not held until 1988. It is said that Carrington’s Gardener and Fire Officer Fred Conyers taught some of the early players how to play ‘golf croquet’, now fondly known as ‘Carrington Rules.’ This more simplified version of croquet was readily adopted by the small group, and although the format of the game has been modified over the years, it still prevails to this present day.
At some stage, a group of players from Berry, NSW visited the Carrington players to teach members how to play official croquet, however the game never took on at Carrington!
As Carrington grew with the establishment of more independent living units, so to did the Croquet Club. While the club in it’s original form had 25 members, it now boasts over 57. In 2001, the club became more formalised, and an operating committee was elected to ensure the continuing prosperity of the group.
The group plays on it’s own croquet green, with a shed available for members to socialise in between games. The group recently introduced twilight games during the summer months, which are always very well attended by those in the village.
Over the past 30 years, it is said that over 120 residents have enjoyed Croquet Club membership. We applaud the Croquet Club for their continued dedication to making the game such a success among our residents, and wish them all the best for future prosperity.
We were proud to once again hold our annual ANZAC day service with the Camden RSL Sub Branch this week, to honour those who have served in conflicts both past and present, and to remember those who never made it home. The service featured speakers from both the Carrington and the wider local community.
The service was attended by MP for Camden Chris Patterson, Deputy Mayor Theresa Fedeli, and other members from the community. The MC for this year’s service was Camden RSL Sub Branch President Iain Richard-Evan.
Those at the service sung hymns, and also the National Anthems of Australia and New Zealand, in respect for our Kiwi neighbours.
We honour and respect our many Carrington residents who risked their lives in service of our country. Thank you for your service.We would also like to thank the members of the Camden community who have served our country with such distinction.
‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest We Forget.’
All images used in this post were taken by Brett Atkins from Brett Atkins Digital Production.
Pictured here are special guests from the Camden Community who also attended the service.
Laying of the wreathes
Vocalist Tash singing the National Anthem of Australia
Carrington’s Chief Executive Raad Richards speaking at the ceremony
The service was well attended by the residents of Carrington
This week, our Mary Mackillop residents had the chance to attend a bus outing to Berrima. While in Berrima, the residents enjoyed a guided tour of the local Court House. The group learnt more about the history of the local area and of the Court House through the viewing of a movie, before commencing with the tour throughout the building.
The final room the residents had the chance to view was the actual Court room, where the group had the opportunity to sit in on a mock court session, with wax figures present to represent the jury, judge, and the defendant (a convict). The court case the residents got to listen to demonstrated how we dealt with legal issues in the past.
After the guided tour, the group headed to Mittagong and enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch at Lake Alexandra. The residents absolutely loved the picturesque and beautiful scene, and had a fantastic day out.
Seniors Week is always an important time at Carrington. It allows us to celebrate the contribution that our seniors have made to their communities throughout their lifetime, and to society as a whole.
This week, the residents and Carrington held a high tea for the village. One of the village residents, Steve Wisbey sang for the guests, while special guest speaker Dr Genevieve Steiner spoke to the residents about healthy ageing.
Dr Genevieve Steiner is a Senior Dementia Research Fellow and cognitive neuroscientist at Western Sydney University. Her research spans the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cognitive decline in older age and dementia. The aim of Dr Steiner’s research is to improve the health outcomes of seniors at risk of cognitive decline. Dr Steiner uses brain imaging methods to explore the brain’s function and structure to discover new ways to detect dementia, and to test new treatment strategies that are safe, feasible, and can be implemented early.
Thanks must go to Graham and Jill, two of our village residents who worked tirelessly to pull the event together, and the delicious high tea that was served to the residents by our hotel services team. It was a great event, and it was fantastic to see so many of our residents come together to celebrate Seniors Week.