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Meet Val – making a difference to residents living with dementia

When Val heard that residents with memory support needs wanted some pictures cut out of magazines for an activity, she immediately got to work cut out 50 pictures that very day. Five years later, she still makes cutting out pictures part of her daily routine.

These residents welcome every box of pictures sent by Val and they find much enjoyment in sticking them on notebooks and posters around their household.

For Val, knowing that this simple activity is helping others, gives each day a sense of purpose and meaning.

“I’m very glad that other residents are enjoying my pictures. I believe God put me on this earth to help people, and this is my way of helping them.

“There’s one resident who loves cars, so I cut out special car pictures just for him and stick them on cardboard. I love that he gets enjoyment from these and it makes his day a bit brighter. That’s special to me.”

Val’s pictures have now become so popular, they are also used in a wide range of activities right throughout Yaralla Place. To keep up with the demand, her daughter, Sharon, cuts out her own pictures at home and brings them in to add to Val’s. Residents use them for making cards for others, making posters to decorate the walls, and even to decoupage boxes to hold trinkets or letters in their suites.

Sharon says she is grateful to the staff for supporting her Mum to engage in an activity that she finds meaningful.

“All the staff collect magazines and catalogues and bring bags of them in for Mum so she’s always got a supply when she wants to do some cutting. This makes her happy. And if she’s happy, I’m happy!”

At PresCare Maryborough, we love supporting residents like Val to engage in meaningful activities that bring enjoyment and a sense of purpose.