Bolton Clarke communities connect to spread Easter joy

Bolton Clarke communities connect to spread Easter joy

As children eagerly prepare their baskets in preparation for the bunny to drop off their Easter goodies, residents in many Bolton Clarke communities are also sharing in the fun.

At Bolton Clarke Milford Grange in Ipswich, an extra special token was shared with more than 100 knitted bunnies prepared for the Residential Aged Care residents.

Staff, volunteers from the community’s retirement living units and family members have been busy knitting to ensure there is a special Easter bunny for each resident to enjoy.

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Milford Grange Diversional Therapist Sue Raven with Activities Officer Adelaide Broughton showing off the colourful creations.

 Diversional Therapist Sue Raven said the team had thought carefully about something they could do this year which was extra special.

“We went and spoke to (Independent Living Unit) residents and asked if they could help us out,” she said.

“A lady in administration gave us a pattern for a bunny and everyone just got on board and started knitting.”

The bunnies come filled with Easter eggs to enjoy or sugar-free Werther’s for residents who can’t eat chocolate.

Ms Raven said she was impressed with the way everyone got on board.

“Usually we just buy gifts, but this is much nicer,” she said.

“Even for our Mother’s Day event which is coming up we’re crocheting and knitting all the presents.”

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Talbarra Resident Alma Stewart won the Easter bonnet parade.

Meanwhile at Bolton Clarke’s Talbarra community at Waterford, residents were treated to a special Easter morning tea complete with a selection of treats and an Easter raffle.

At Bolton Clarke Treetops in New Farm, Residential Manager Cherry Le Ray took the Easter theme even further and organised Henny Penny Hatchlings to come to site for the Easter week.

“We start out with eggs in the incubator and as an activity, the residents become involved in the hatching process and are encouraged to hold the chicks,” she said.

Cherry said the experience was particularly great for Dementia patients, and gave residents opportunity to hold and care for the chicks.

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Treetops Resident William Aulsebrook enjoying the chicks.

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