Sombreros and ponchos were the accessories of choice for staff of Fernhill Residential Aged Care community in Caboolture, QLD, this week. The community held a Mexican Fiesta Day featuring live music, themed food and classic movies for staff and residents to enjoy.
Mexican Fiesta Day forms part of the community’s monthly program of ‘National Day’ celebrations. The themed days give our residents a taste of different cultures through a variety of sensory experiences; cultural food, music, dance and movement and a splash of colour with themed decorations. Our Diversional Therapy team plan activities to ensure all mobility and cognitive needs are meet.
As a Diversional Therapist, Bolton Clarke employee Kris Gunn’s job is to design and facilitate leisure and recreation activities to suit residents of all ages and abilities. Kris says the ‘National Day’ celebrations are important as they introduce new stimuli and help residents continue to experience new things.
“These types of events are something new and different for them to experience, and they especially enjoy the music – we have a live musician playing and they are all enjoying listening.,” he says.
“On the Mexican day we served Mexican themed food and we accommodated all our residents who are on texture modified diets.”
Kris is a great example of the important role that Diversional Therapists play in Bolton Clarke Residential Aged Care communities. At Fernhill, he has recently introduced a sensory room for residents to relax in, occasional afternoon high-teas in the garden and visits by assistance dogs to interact with our residents.
“It’s all about new experiences and keeping people motivated and interested in what we have going on. This is their home and we try to make it feel as homelike as possible.”
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