It’s been a busy social calendar this past quarter for residents of Twilight Aged Care, with musicals, morning teas, farewells and more. Our Recreational Activity Officers (RAOs) are always looking for ways to strengthen partnerships with community groups such as local schools as this brings mutual benefits to our residents and the community.
A great example of this was a recent trip by a group of Twilight’s Hunters Hill Village residents to a production of Mary Poppins by local school, Riverside Girls High School. The visit inspired sing-alongs at the home and a general positive spirit. It also stimulated the residents’ memories of the music, songs, actors and scenes from the original movie – very beneficial for mental wellbeing as we age.
The school was very appreciative to have their local aged care home residents supporting them as part of the audience. A big thank you to RAO, Sadhna Shah for co-ordinating this special outing.
Fitting Farewell for a Much-loved Manager
HHV residents and staff recently gathered to farewell Twilight’s much loved Facility Manager, Claire Banister-Jones; Claire has been at Twilight for 3 years, most of them at Jamieson House and more recently moving to HHV. Over this time Claire has made some significant contributions to Twilight. Most recently her achievements include the successful coordination of resident transfers from Jamieson House and decommissioning of the home and her leadership of the PAC4RAC project.
Claire was showered with farewell gifts and tasty treats and sweets; there was the odd tear shed and a fitting send off for a caring, warm and loyal employee who will be greatly missed, but will now be working much closer to her home.
We also shared a lovely morning tea to officially welcome Gladys Maseko as Claire’s replacement at Hunters Hill Village. Welcome aboard Gladys and we wish you every success in your new challenge.
Biggest Morning Tea at GBG
Once again Twilight celebrated the ‘mother’ of all morning teas at Glades Bay Gardens in May for the annual Biggest Morning Tea event to raise money for cancer research. The event was a success, with the home raising nearly $1000 for the Cancer Council. Twilight cook, Ramina Shiekhali once again shone with her delicious cupcakes and other culinary delights for visitors to enjoy on the day.
From all reports the new Chair Zumba that was recently introduced to all homes is gaining in popularity; while the Art Therapy Program continues to produce some wonderful results with residents consistently participating and enjoying their sessions. And the GBG Happy Hour continues to keep residents and staff socialising with entertainment, dancing and wonderful hospitality from staff.
“I was fortunate to have recently been invited to attend one of these afternoons and I had a lovely time. The residents love the opportunity to gather socially and enjoy great entertainment and friendship” – Lesley Jordan