Southern Cross Care (WA) residential aged care facilities across the State were last month hard at work in the lead up to Christmas, transforming recycled and reusable materials into decorations as part of our annual Christmas decoration competition.
The competition has been fierce as staff, residents, their families and the wider community joined forces to create some inspiring pieces.
The decorations were on display in reception areas as a visual symbol of the community spirit and involvement which helped connect residents and families through the activities and preparation that took many months.
Not only did it given the reception areas of the facilities a bright and festive facelift, but the activities helped aged care residents to improve their fine motor skills and keep their minds engaged and stimulated as part of Southern Cross Care (WA)’s therapeutic activities program.
CEO of the not-for-profit aged care provider, Clare Grieveson, said “We are truly amazed by the effort and creativity that has gone into this competition, and we congratulate everyone involved. It’s group activities like this that help our residents to maintain their connection with the community which is so very important for the health and wellbeing.”
The winner of the 2022 Recycle Christmas Extravaganza grand prize was announced as Victoria Park Nursing Home and Hostel in Kalgoorlie.
Special mention also went to the following facilities who were awarded prizes in these categories:
Villa Pelletier – Best large scale resident project
Jeremiah Donovan House – winner of the ‘making aged care Instagram worthy’ category
Joseph Cooke House – best resident personalisation
Margaret Hubery House – best resident art project
Frank Prendergast House – winner of the ‘celebrating the holiness of Christmas’ category
Germanus Kent House in Broome – best theme with ‘Kimberley Khristmas’
Southern Plus East Fremantle – best use of PPE storage solutions