Our staff and residents always love to celebrate Australia Day together. Each of our facilities choose to celebrate the day a little earlier than usual, giving their residents the opportunity to come together and enjoy each other’s company while participating in various activities together.
This week, our staff from Grasmere Terrace conducted a number of activities to celebrate with their residents. A friendly game of trivia kicked off the program, with plenty of Australia related questions and facts thrown in. Many of our residents would have lived through quite a few of these historical events in the last century! A thong throwing competition was hotly contested, with prizes awarded to the winners. Following on from this was happy hour with drinks and nibbles included. The residents and staff had the chance to share their favourite Australian quotes and jokes that drew plenty of laughter!
Our very enthusiastic Werombi Court team made ‘Koala in a Creek’ and ‘Frog in a Pond’ jelly cups. These very tasty treats were quickly scooped up by staff and residents, with all funds raised going directly back to the residents. Trivia was also well attended, with some creative team names and very competitive rounds featuring Aussie slang, geography, and history.
Our Paling Court residents also tried their hand at thong throwing, and made the most of the sunshine by having a quick kick around in one of the outside courtyards. The staff barbeque was also very popular!
Mary Mackillop’s staff were absolutely delighted to attend a barbeque hosted by the residents. One of the more popular events of the day was pancake throwing and balloon games, with staff and residents alike joining in on the fun. John Williamson featured heavily on the stereo, and residents had the chance to enjoy a morning tea of lamingtons and strawberry milkshakes.
A big thank you to our dedicated staff for making this time so enjoyable for our residents. From all of us here at Carrington, Happy Australia Day!
Our residents from Werombi Court and Mary Mackillop recently had a wonderful visit from Christie Hall, a local horse owner. Christie runs her own business specialising in equine therapy, visiting aged care facilities and other organisations all over the area with her beautiful horsey friend, Bushman.
Christie and Bushman popped in to Carrington for a visit recently, with many residents quite surprised at the sudden appearance of Bushman, especially when he poked his head through different doors and windows! Many of our residents have either grown up around horses, owned horses, or have a background in various equestrian related activities. It was wonderful to see their reactions and watch them spend some time with Bushman.
Thank you to Christie and Bushman for your time! Our residents absolutely loved having you. Unfortunately Christie and Bushman couldn’t get around to all of our residents in the one visit. Christie and Bushman will be coming back to Carrington in early February, where our residents from Grasmere Terrace and Paling Court will no doubt be looking forward to spending some quality time with Bushman.
Pictured below are some of our Werombi Court and Mary Mackillop residents enjoying their visit with Bushman.
The ladies of Werombi Court have been embracing the festive season, and working very hard recently to create some Christmas tea light jars. Because of their enthusiastic efforts, over 120 jars were decorated!
These jars will be used with tea lights to create a warm and festive environment within the Werombi Court facility over the Christmas period.
A big thank you to Gwen, Bev, Lorraine and Ivy for all their hard work!
Yesterday on the 12th December in the year 1885, Lord Robert Carrington began his tenure as the governor of NSW. Just three years later, our founder William H Paling would go on to donate his property ‘Grasmere’. This property, worth 20,000 pounds at the time, consisted of 450 acres of property, complete with stock, dairy, irrigation appliances, and two cottages. Ten thousand pounds was also dedicated to the people of NSW so that a hospital for Convalescents and Incurables may be established in Camden, which at the time was a thriving farming area. This hospital was named ‘Carrington,’ in honour of the Right. Hon. Lord Carrington.
On Wednesday 6th December our Community Care clients came together at Carrington’s Leisure and Recreation Centre to celebrate Christmas with our Community Care staff. A delicious lunch of turkey, ham and baked vegetables followed by a decadent dessert was served up by our Head Chef, Paul and his team. Our party goers were entertained by performances from the Elderslie High School band and choir and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Santa dropped in for photos and Christmas cheer and there was even a singalong where everyone joined in, singing such classics as Silent Night and Jingle Bells. Two of our attendees, Jo and Ruth, got up to thank the youngsters for their beautiful renditions of Christmas songs, old and new.
Thank you to Paul for the delicious lunch, the staff for all of their hard work, and Elderslie High School for coming out to share this wonderful occasion with our Community Care clients. On behalf of the Community Care team, we would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2018.
The Elderslie High School Choir was thoroughly enjoyed by all!