Residents at Mercy Health’s aged care homes across Victoria have kicked off the festive season with dinners, carols and even a visit from a surprise ‘reindeer’.
At Mercy Place Abbotsford, in Melbourne’s inner north, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” have started with a bang. Residents are participating in a variety of activities ranging from art classes, making tree ornaments to listening to the Sing Australia Choir sing Christmas carols.
Mercy Place Abbotsford Service Manager Rose Tunious believes Christmas for residents is one of the best times of year.
“Residents at Mercy Place Abbotsford love Christmas and don’t hold back when spreading the Christmas cheer. We decorate the home in tinsel and get creative every holiday season by introducing new activities for residents,” Rose said.
At Mercy Place Montrose in Melbourne’s east, residents were treated to a special visit from Malibu, who is a therapy Shetland pony decked out as a Christmas reindeer.
Mercy Place General Manager Bronwyn Gilmore said Malibu’s visit was a highlight for many as a number of residents grew up around horses.
“Malibu launched the festive season for us! He visited residents around the home wearing a Santa hat, tinsel and booties and very clearly spread joy around,” Bronwyn said.
“Ever since the visit, residents haven’t stopped talking about Malibu, so we are busy planning the next visit”.
Heading bayside to Mercy Place Fernhill, staff have been busy organising a range of Christmas parties for all floors in the home and deciding which staff member will dress up as Santa this year.
Mercy Place Fernhill Service Manager, Josh Wonder said the annual Christmas parties are always something residents look forward to each year.
“It’s important for us that everyone joins in the celebrations and gets involved. Christmas is about the people you spend it with so we wanted to create a great place for our residents and their families to come and enjoy,” Josh said.
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