Local families spread Australian spirit at aged care home
FOR many locals Australia Day is celebrated with adventure, sport and outdoor recreation but for those members of our community who can't stray too far from home the celebrations didn't go amiss.
Gunther Village took the opportunity to bring the outdoors in to their residents, having local families visit with their farm animals.
"Every year we celebrate Australia Day with our residents because it's often been a significant day for them throughout their lives,” lifestyle co-ordinator Jenny Thompson said.
"Just as much as Christmas or Mother's or Father's Day, Australia Day is a time where the residents' reflect on what they used to do with their families to celebrate.”
Mrs Thompson said the event gave the home an opportunity to lift spirits with some pet therapy.
"Playing with their dogs or riding horses on their farms was a big part of many residents' lives, so bringing those animals in has a massive positive impact on our residents,” she said.
"The slack family brought in their dogs for a bit of a dog jumping show and then the residents got to have cuddle on their laps .
"The Aherns came in with their pony and it went so well we're hoping we can make it more of a regular thing.”
Mrs Thompson said the pony could be walked through the facility to visit the residents who were in their beds.
"And the pony will put its head up on to the beds and the residents will get to have a pat, it puts a big smile on their faces.”