Lifestyle Program

  • We will discuss with you and your family before, and after you have come to live at our home, what your interests are, and whether you would enjoy participating in group activities, or prefer your own company.

  • Even though we try to engage all residents in the program by offering a wide variety of different activities, we always respect individual choices to watch television, listening to music, or reading in their rooms.

  • Our Lifestyle staff will then offer to visit for a chat, give a hand-massage, or arrange book exchanges from the visiting library.

  • As our Lifestyle Program activities are tailored to your individual preferences, we consult with you, or your family, on your background [social and cultural history], your spiritual/religious traditions and observances, interests, hobbies, and preferences.

  • We also ask our Physiotherapist to assess your physical capabilities to ensure you will benefit from the various exercise programs conducted by our staff [if you chose to participate].

  • You will then have your own individual Lifestyle/Activity Program Plan, which staff will regularly discuss with you and up-date should you change your preferences, or your health prevents you from participating in some, or all of the exercises.

What is happening

  • The program is offered every day, including weekends, usually from 1100 - 1800 hrs, by two qualified staff, who have completed the Certificate IV in Lifestyle & Leisure, and enjoy using their skills and experience in devising interesting and stimulating activities.

  • These activities are offered in the Avalon Lounge, which many of our residents and their families regard the hub of their 'social' life at our home, and range from -

    • exercises to gentle music

    • carpet bowls

    • bingo & other board games

    • quizzes & word games

    • craft activities, including making decorations for celebratory events

    • newspaper or short stories reading

    • 'beauty' activities, eg painting finger nails

    • watching movies & listening to music.

  • Several musicians make regular 'guest' appearances entertaining our residents with well loved songs and much encouragement to provide the chorus.

  • One of the highlights of the year is the visit from 'Animals on the Move', which gives us all the opportunity to hug guinea pigs, watch the antics of baby goats, calves, rabbits, chicken and ducks, and for many residents to enjoy watching their grandchildren [who are of course invited] playing with the animals.

  • Family members visiting our home with their dogs are always welcome [provided they are well behaved], and we will offer a pet therapy program later in the year, which involves specially trained dogs and their handlers visiting residents who have expressed an interest, or would benefit from the 'tactile' experience.

  • We are also delighted to provide all residents with access to our free WiFi and Skype; we provide the tablets and some residents enjoy watching news, movies, listening to music in their own languages, or seeing photos of celebrations.

  • Photography is a central part of engaging residents and their families; we have an ever changing display in the foyer, the Avalon Lounge, in residents' rooms, and photos are regularly emailed to families.