Our Lifestyle Team comprises Trish, Cassie and Tracy, who work closely with Pastoral Care Officer, Neil, to design and deliver an inclusive and meaningful Lifestyle Program.
What do you think makes Alexandra Garden’s Program so exceptional?
We think outside the box to come up with different and more creative ideas that enhance residents’ wellbeing. For example, we use our outside spaces as much as possible so residents can enjoy socialising in nature. We work closely with the Catering Team to tie food into activities which is always fun, and we incorporate a wide range of interesting locations to visit, as well as incursions. Something so simple as asking the local pet shop to bring puppies or baby chicks in for some cuddles spreads so much joy.
You include opportunities for inter-generational connections. Why is this important?
Residents just adore being around the children from the local kindies or primary schools, but we think the kids get just as much out of the visits! The conversations between them are beautiful and there’s a lot of mutual respect. We’ve even started a Pen Pal program with some Year 4 students and the residents really look forward to their letters.
Why do you love being part of the Lifestyle Team?
This job is so worthwhile! Every single day, we see the smiles on residents’ faces as they enjoy an activity or outing we’ve planned and that’s very rewarding. We make a difference every day and that’s pretty special.