Joy for Fairview residents is child’s play
For the residents of Bolton Clarke Fairview aged care community, hearing the laughter of children in the hallways is music to their ears.
After a 12-month break during pandemic restrictions, intergenerational playtime is back on the menu at Fairview each fortnight, accompanied by delighted squeals from the younger participants in the Ageless Playgroup.
Fairview resident David Price says he loves to sit back and take in the smiles, the laughter and the joy of playtime and connections.
“It’s interesting, and its lovely to see all the mothers playing with their children. They have a very difficult job at times, it’s very important,” he says.
“I’ve got three children of my own, and the pride you feel for having raised them, and how they turn out in the end – it’s rewarding.”
David cradled four babies over the course of this week’s playgroup, the second of the year.
“It’s a nice change of pace from the usual,” he says, “and especially from the last year, when we could feel a bit isolated at times. For quite a lot of us, there’s so many things we’d like to do but cannot always because of our age - but this, the kids – they make me feel young again!”
“It’s great fun, I’ve always liked children,” says fellow resident Margaret Upham. “I have four of my own and I taught infants and preschool. I’ve done a lot of teaching and working with children.”
Margaret says the playgroup reminds her of how important it is to nurture the younger generations, and of her passion for family.
“I enjoy it very much. I love kids. It’s a nice connection to my career, it reminds me of the work I used to do.”
Bolton Clarke Diversional Therapist Mervat Awad says the playgroup, which has been running for five years, lights up the room.
“You can see the happiness in everyone here,” she says. “The residents just love to spend time with the kids, it brings them so much joy and brightens their day.
“It’s been tough not to be able to have them here, but everyone is extra excited now that they are back.”
Playmates of all ages enjoy group activities including building with blocks, balloon and ball games and parachute games, singing and dancing.
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The secret to a long and happy life? Gratitude, according to Inverpine resident Thelma Sprott, 103.
18 November 2019
Rowes Bay community steps into the future
A 30-bed dementia wing built to best practice design will be part of a major redevelopment at Bolton Clarke’s Rowes Bay residential aged care community in Townsville.
13 November 2019
Plastic poppies pay recycled respects
Bolton Clarke Inverpine residential aged care community and retirement village has commemorated Remembrance Day with a special service including poppies handmade by residents from recycled materials.
06 November 2019
Elvis returns to resident delight
The King has returned, delighting residents with a special concert at Bolton Clarke Macquarie View aged care community in Bolton Point.
31 October 2019
Changing needs mean older women need more complex care at home
Women using home nursing services are older, less likely to have been born in Australia and have more complex medical needs than 10 years ago, a Melbourne research study has found.
31 October 2019
Promoting mental wellbeing for veterans and families
Supporting mental wellbeing for veterans and their families is the focus of the Veteran Family Mental Wellbeing Series, a free resource created by Bolton Clarke Group including Altura Learning that gives voice to the experience of veterans and their families, as well as researchers and clinical professionals.
10 November 2019
Army carpenter Max builds his legacy from Sydney to Singapore
A career as an army tradesman sent Max Rostron across the world, from contributing to military base builds and humanitarian support in Singapore and Vietnam to helping construct Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House.
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.