‘Add to cart’: Inverpine aged care residents enjoy their mini mart
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine aged care community in Murrumba Downs have been enjoying all the perks of a supermarket at their front door, thanks to an ingenious solution from Bolton Clarke Diversional Therapist Rekha Singh.
The mini mart, which has been open for business since 2016, has increased in popularity and frequency while residents are socially distancing.
Resident Gloria Munnery says the mini mart has been good for her and her fellow residents, and they are still using it even as restrictions ease in Queensland.
“We still use it once a week. I buy my favourite biscuits and treats – and I was able to put in a special order for barley sugar,” she said.
Sometimes Gloria even minds the shop for Rekha if she must step away.
“I sit and watch everything and let people know Rekha will be back soon – and I spread the word about the shop! Community spirit is free, and sharing is caring!”
Inverpine’s Diversional Therapist Rekha Singh came up with the idea to support residents who were unable to go out to do their shopping.
“Initially we started doing the mini mart once or twice a month, but we’ve increased our frequency and our product range during the pandemic,” she said.
“Many of our residents normally go out on a monthly shopping trip, but now we are not all venturing out together. I thought ‘if we can’t all go out – why not bring the shop to them?’”
“This way, they still get the experience of going shopping, without risk – it enables our residents to keep doing what they normally would.”
“The consistency and normalcy have been great for everyone. We’ve made sure that the shop is open regularly, including on the usual monthly ‘shopping day’ so that routines are still in place for those who prefer to keep to their routine.”
Each week, Rekha takes orders from residents to ensure the right items are available for the next shopping day.
“Our residents place the orders and I go and buy the items. I set the shop up with prices and mark anything that is on special. I try to make it look as much like a shop as I can with ads and price tags.”
Residents come to the mini mart to buy their groceries, and these funds go towards the next batch of orders.
“I’ve been taking special orders too, and residents promote the shop to each other. Each week I seem to have more and more shoppers!”
For resident Mary Armstrong, who has special dietary needs, the shop has been especially helpful.
“It would be a lot harder to get access to my favourite gluten free products without it. The kitchen supplies most things but if I want something specific it would be more difficult without the mini mart,” Mary says.
Rekha says the residents have really enjoyed the initiative.
“I’ve even got a few residents who like to mind the shop for me if I have to step away for a moment,” she said. “They let anyone who comes by know that I’ll be back soon. It’s been great fun for all of us.”
“It’s definitely contributed to everyone’s overall wellbeing.”
Image: Inverpine residents Gloria Munnery, Mary Armstrong and Bev Meech enjoy shopping at the mini mart.
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23 October 2019
’56 pitcher Jack welcomes Olympic baseball’s return
News of baseball’s return to the Olympics in time for next year’s Tokyo Games has Banora Point resident Jack Knight remembering the day he took the pitch for Australia during the 1956 Olympic demonstration game in Melbourne.
23 October 2019
Aged care residents can’t contain Carnival buzz
The sound of trumpets and big brass bands echoed over the lawn at Bolton Clarke’s Sunset Ridge, Zilzie aged care community when it hosted all the fun of the carnival.
21 October 2019
Inverpine residents dig in to fresh produce
Residents at Bolton Clarke’s Inverpine residential aged care community at Murrumba Downs are getting their hands dirty planting gardens with edible produce in a new therapeutic gardening program.
18 October 2019
Encyclopedia Mary shares 100 years of memories
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mary Schultz is far younger than her 100 years. With a memory many would envy, a quick wit and broad knowledge of local history those who know her call her the walking encyclopedia.
14 October 2019
From Big Prawn to Byron Bay – aged care residents take a holiday
For residents at Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, living in residential aged care doesn’t mean giving up on holidays. Residents set out on their second annual road trip last month, heading south to take in the sights, experiences and tastes of the Gold Coast, Ballina and Byron Bay.
04 October 2019
Bolton Clarke to partner on Shanghai projects
Bolton Clarke, one of Australia's most experienced not-for-profit aged care and senior living providers, has formalised a key joint venture agreement in China that will see the organisation partner on eight continuing care retirement communities serving one of the country’s largest population centres.
26 September 2019
Toowoomba retirees remember parades past
Every Carnival of Flowers is memorable. But for Bolton Clarke Westhaven retirement village residents, who turned the village bus into a float for Saturday’s grand parade through Toowoomba, sharing the memories of carnivals past was just as important as creating new ones.
23 September 2019
Aged care community rallies for drought support
Residents and team members at Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest community at Hervey Bay have sent 120 slabs of bottled water to support families and aged care communities doing it tough in Stanthorpe.
30 August 2019
Furry friends keep Ekka fever alive at Inverpine
The sights, sounds and tastes of the Ekka came to Bolton Clarke Inverpine at Murrumba Downs in August when residents, relatives and Bolton Clarke team members enjoyed the annual “Royal Inverpine Show.”
30 August 2019
Rock and roll at the Fernhill show!
The Ekka may be over for another year, but all the fun of the show lives on at Bolton Clarke’s Fernhill retirement village and aged care community, where residents, day therapy clients and Bolton Clarke team members have enjoyed the annual “Fernhill Community Show.”
13 August 2019
Long Tan memories still vivid for Farnorha resident Don
Bolton Clarke Farnorha resident Don ‘Jack’ Thomson, 84, was a special guest when the new movie Danger Close, about the Battle of Long Tan, opened in Cairns last week. But Don doesn’t need a movie to remember the events of that day – he was there, serving alongside Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, played in the movie by actor Travis Fimmel.
25 July 2019
Baycrest residents receive star ‘tweetment’
Residents from Bolton Clarke’s Baycrest residential aged care community at Hervey Bay have been receiving the star ‘tweetment’ with monthly visits from some high-flying friends from Hervey Bay Animal Refuge.
24 July 2019
Bringing latest aged care design to Lake Macquarie
A state-of-the art residential aged care development will go ahead at Bolton Clarke’s Macquarie View site at Bolton Point following Lake Macquarie City Council approval this week.
15 July 2019
Diabetes care trial supports optimum wellbeing at home
A first-of-its-kind research collaboration between Bolton Clarke Group and Austin Health is evaluating a new model of diabetes care to optimise diabetes management in the home and improve quality of life for older people.
10 July 2019
Welcoming our newest Centenarian Club members in Brisbane
Nine Brisbane centenarians were honoured when Bolton Clarke hosted its second annual Centenarian Club morning tea at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday, 2 October.
10 July 2019
Victorian centenarians kick up their heels
Five Melbourne centenarians joined in Bolton Clarke’s first Victorian Centenarian Club celebration on 12 October, coinciding with the Victorian Seniors Festival.
10 July 2019
He’s been everywhere – Caloundra’s centenarian doctor recalls the path that led him to Australia
From a childhood in India to study in Edinburgh, Scotland and wartime service in south-east Asia and Africa, it’s taken 100 years for Bolton Clarke Centaur Memorial resident Michael Innis to make his way to Caloundra.
11 June 2019
Joy of play bridges the generation gap
An age gap of more than a century didn’t stop Bolton Clarke Fairview, Pinjarra Hills resident Kittie, 103, and 15-month old Harrison Kremmer from having lots of fun putting a puzzle together at the first meeting of the residential aged care community’s new intergenerational playgroup.
05 June 2019
Wilma the robotic cat wows Winders residents
A realistic robotic therapy cat is the latest member of Bolton Clarke’s Winders Lodge residential aged care family at Banora Point.
29 May 2019
Good wife, long life says centenarian Charles, 102
At 102, Bolton Clarke Baycrest, Hervey Bay resident Charles Roberts credits his long life to “a good woman”.
27 May 2019
Paro has seal of approval from residents with dementia
Paro the robotic seal is making a real difference to improve quality of life for residents with dementia at Bolton Clarke’s Farnorha residential aged care community.
27 May 2019
From Coast to Coast - Bolton Clarke residents take a Gold Coast holiday
Age is no barrier to having fun - that’s the message that rang out loud and clear when residents from Bolton Clarke’s Centaur Memorial community at Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast, hit the road for a holiday to the Gold Coast this week.
14 March 2019
Bolton Clarke Unveils World First In Dementia Design
Former Australian Olympic swim coach and Bolton Clarke Galleon Gardens, Currumbin Waters resident Don Talbot helped launch another world first this week when he cut the ribbon on the residential aged care community’s new dementia wing.