Our residents have a social life that’s the envy of many of their own children!
Our lifestyle approach
Our lifestyle program has been carefully designed to give residents plenty of opportunities to be socially active with old and new friends, family and the local community. Whether it be scenic day trips on the resident’s bus, guest speakers, fundraising for local charities, arts and hobbies, sports, or just having a coffee with the staff, there’s something to choose from every day.
We integrate our lifestyle program with our food events calendar to ensure there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the days with social activities and delicious foods to reinforce the positive experience. Click here to download our Food Festivities for 2019.
At CraigCare, we are true to our values. Our lifestyle program comprises five components to ensure we deliver on our values of respect, kindness, individuality, joy, and relationships and communities
When we feel joy, we feel great about ourselves. We feel confident, powerful, capable and fulfilled. We can find joy through activities that stretch our perceptions and take us out of ordinary day-to-day life. Engaging in meditation or participating in relaxation programs are two ways to produce a feeling of well-being, serenity, and joy. Being in nature is another way to feel the joy of beauty. We achieve this by outings to beautiful places regularly or the use of Virtual Reality to take residents to a place of choice, whether that be a new experience or visiting loved places from the past. Uplifting and enjoyable activities that are not goal-oriented but bring joy are included in our programs. A few example components include:
- Make a wish – each resident has the opportunity to “make a wish” and CraigCare endeavours to make the wish come true
- Happy hour – regular happy hours and gatherings to promote social interaction
- Concerts, sing-a-longs and roving entertainers
- National celebrations such as Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Melbourne Cup, Footy Grand Finals
- Virtual Reality
- Outdoor community activities (e.g. bus trips to scenic spots /walking groups/local RSL)
Our aim is to recognise and nurture each individual in a way that is special and unique to them. We identify the special things our residents enjoy, are good at, or what inspires them and what brings a smile to their face. We take the time to understand what each resident is passionate about and provide an opportunity for each resident to participate in their special interests and embrace their uniqueness. A few example components include:
- Three Special Things – residents identify three small gestures they would appreciate each day, that would make them feel special and add meaning to their day. CraigCare responds to each residents’ personal wishes during the course of the day (e.g. a special shower gel or soap, a special tea cup or special dessert)
- Wellness, massage and beauty services
The Respect element of our Lifestyle Program focuses on respecting and honouring our residents by exhibiting care, concern and consideration for their needs, feelings and preferences. A few example components include:
- Recognising and celebrating cultural days and respecting cultures within the home
- Special Calendar Days (e.g. Anzac Day, Australia Day, Remembrance Day)
- Providing spiritual support, including chaplaincy visits from the local Anglican and Catholic churches, or we arrange for your local priest to visit our community.
At CraigCare, you choose how you want to spend your days. Our Lifestyle team are there to support you, whatever your needs and plans.
Relationships and Communities
Communities exist both within our homes and within the local community. The Community element of our Lifestyle Program aims to empower our residents to create social bonds with each other and the broader local community. A few example components include:
- Partnering with local community groups that residents can support (e.g. sewing blankets, fundraising activities).
- Establish a family support group in the facility (e.g. regular afternoon tea group for dementia support with guest speakers and counsellors).
- Intergenerational projects with local kindergartens and high schools.
- Participating in sporting events (e.g. golf, bowls, darts, bocce, tai chi, yoga).
There are always activities, outings and events taking place in our communities, most of which are chosen by the residents.
The Kindness element of our Lifestyle Program focuses on delivering care with decency and compassion. Sharing small ways to show kindness to others is a great way to help us all to have positive minds and full hearts from the happiness that showing care to others can bring. A few example components include:
- “Thanks for making my day” cards which CraigCare staff give to residents
- Palliative Care Support (aromatherapy, emotional support)
- Life story books for Palliative Care
Our dedicated lifestyle team ensure the happiness of all our residents by learning about their likes, dislikes, hobbies and passions and tailoring the lifestyle program to each resident. The lifestyle team meets each new resident to gather this information which is then used to individualise lifestyle activities.
Our lifestyle program helps residents to continue to follow their interests and hobbies, find new interests and hobbies and instil a sense of connection to each other, to staff and to the local community.
If you would like a copy of this month’s lifestyle activities please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a copy.
“Dad’s like a new man and engaged in social activities. He’s made new friends and they play Bingo together, get involved in the crafts and bus activities. CraigCare is a Godsend!”
– Nigel, son of Percy (CraigCare Berwick)
“Always seems to have fun activities happening to keep everyone busy and entertained. And if residents are not able to participate, staff seem to ensure they have some sort of lovely experience for the day, even if it is just a walk around. Residents seem happy and busy. They cater for all types of people.”
– Tara McDonald, Community Hearing Advisor Australia Hearing
“They have great entertainment that keeps us involved and entertained. There’s virtually something on all the time. There’s no reason why a person needs to be in the doldrums in their room. The problem is actually having a day off because there’s so much on.”
– Elaine and Bernie (CraigCare Pascoe Vale)
“Mum is a social being and she loves to chat and it’s the friendliness that impressed me. And all the activities they have, that surprised me. Mum loves the singalongs, the live music and the footy activities. They give me confidence and peace of mind this is the right place for Mum. I would be most happy to wind up there if that’s the case.”
– Peter, son of Ella (CraigCare Berwick)