The month of May was filled with various activities such as a large range of entertainment sessions and visits from some furry little friends, plus an exceptional birthday for a Merrimac aged care residents.

Entertainment Activities Throughout May

May was filled with a number of entertainment activities, which all residents enjoyed. We all enjoyed Mark Dean and Phil Guest who got most aged care residents off their chairs and on the dance floor.

Gareth returned for yet another fantastic interactive drums session for our residents, visitors and staff. Everyone became the entertainment as they played the drums, tambourine, maracas or got up and danced to the beat.

A Little Something Special

Cooking is feeling more like crafts as we tried to make an Apple rose tart, which indeed was a beautiful little treat for all.

Crafts turned into a surprise cooking session when we made chocolate balls and put them together with beautiful fresh flowers for Mother’s day raffle gifts. We drew the Mother’s Day raffle at happy hour and had seven winner’s – congratulations Maria, Rosa, Olympia, Margaret, Neelam, Ailsa, Pastor David and Norma.

Furry Friends

We had an enjoyable visit from Harmony hooves in the pavilion, which is always a wonderful treat for everyone because who wouldn’t be happy when you see such beautiful creatures?

One Hundred

Merrimac Park private care celebrated its first 100-year-old birthday, Happy Birthday Alma!

We celebrated with a wonderful performance from the all saint college. These amazingly talented children always leave the residents stunned and talking for weeks about their performance. Our residents truly lovely sitting down and talking to the kids.

Meet our People

Meet Ailsa Anderson, who grew up on a rural property in Moogarah. When she was 16, her family moved to the picturesque town of Boonah. Ailsa moved to Ipswich to study nursing in a local hospital. She decided to give up nursing and started to work in Rockmans; this was when she met the man she married.

Ailsa has six beautiful children Joane, Susan, Catherine, Megan, Therese and John. She decided to hire a babysitter so she could still work full time while raising her children. When her children started to get older, Ailsa worked as a supervisor for TAB in Ipswich then later in Brisbane. As the company became more established, Ailsa decided to focus more on her kids and started working at the Mater hospital in an administrative role.

Once retired, Ailsa started to volunteer for the paraplegic and quadriplegic association. She was awarded the Order of Australia medal and got to dine at government house, her accomplishments of nine years of volunteer work. In that same year, her daughter nominated her to run with the Olympic torch, where she had the opportunity to carry the torch and talk with Kevin Rudd.

Ailsa has worked hard and experienced some amazing things throughout her life. She has numerous beautiful stories to tell and an incredible family who are always visiting. So come and meet Ailsa and her family while enjoying some morning tea or a game of rummykin or scrabble.

This Month’s Activities


In the kitchen to learn how to make gluten-free cookies

Sun Dancers

Happy hour entertainment

Just Jeff

Happy hour entertainment

Trevor Rix


Irma Courtney



2nd Barbara
10th Shinayo
14th Angela
16th Margaret
19th Joan
24th Don
24th Olympia
30th Neil