You are never too old to have fun.
This is something Glengara Care residents are discovering as they enjoy a wide range of entertaining activities and events. From bingo and ‘train your brain’ quizzes to pool noodle games, there is truly something for everyone.
On top of Glengara Care’s huge range of activities are birthday celebrations and special themed days such as Christmas in July, which sure does make for a busy social calendar.
Diversional therapist Lauren Winstanley delivers the tailored program of activities and events. Lauren loves seeing how the program improves the physical and mental health of residents while helping them forge friendships.
“It’s all about keeping the residents occupied and connected with each other,” she said.
“There are some really good friendships here – it’s lovely to see.”
Purpose driven activities
The program has taken on extra significance during COVID restrictions, which have prevented residents from having visitors.
While the popular bus outings had to be modified and then put on hold, there have been some fun additions.
Residents have enjoyed making twiddlemuffs – knitted hand-warmers that provide sensory stimulation for people with dementia.
“We are planning to send them to local aged care where a lot of residents have dementia,” Lauren said.
“The residents have also made trauma teddies which we will give to the local paramedics to pass onto children who have been through traumatic situations.”
Overcoming isolation during COVID
Lauren also introduced Glengara Groceries, which has involved filling up a trolley with craft, treats and items requested by residents.
“It was useful as the residents hadn’t been going out to get groceries and they haven’t had family coming in,” she said.
There have also been some fun themed events to celebrate the Olympics and Christmas in July, plus COVID-safe parties to celebrate residents’ birthdays.
Alice Lovegrove, who moved into Glengara at the beginning of the year, said the events and activities had helped her greatly during lockdown.
“As I have missed my family terribly, these activities have helped to keep me busy and happy during this time,” she said.
Fellow resident Nita Bell is a big fan of bingo, word games and exercise classes, which she says keeps her “active and alive”.
“The activities have been wonderful to keep me on the go ‘til I can see my family,” she said.
Elly Buchanan particularly enjoys the group activities, which she says have been beneficial for her mental health.
“I feel included, less isolated,” she said.
Inclusiveness is at the heart of everything on the Glengara calendar of events.
“We want to give every resident the opportunity to have fun, keep physically and mentally active and connect with one another,” Lauren said.
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