The month of October was filled with various activities such as World Animal Day and Halloween at the Merrimac Park Gold Coast Aged Care Facility.

World Animal Day

We celebrated our love for all things cute and cuddly this World Animal Day with a special visit from ponies, goats, dogs and ducks. All residents had a wonderful time playing with these animals.

Bus Outing

As we were about to set off on a day outing, a big storm approached. Deciding to go ahead with our trip, we set off out the gate, heading for the M1. Our driver, who has a terrific sense of direction, looked up to the skies and headed to what looked like a break in the clouds. Ending up at Jacobs Well for the day where we had lunch, enjoyed walks looking at the boats and birds and guess what? not 1 single drop of rain. Everyone had a relaxing time taking in the surrounds.


Although dressing up was not all that popular, we did have groups preparing for Halloween in other ways.
Residents cooked their own Halloween cupcakes, iced and decorated them. They also assembled and decorated areas ready for morning tea, activities and a sing-along.

Around Our Home

We welcomed Charlie into our home. Charlie, a baby life doll is certain to bring comfort to a lot of our residents.
Residents are encouraged to continue daily living skills for as long as they can.

Retaining friendship is also encouraged and at happy hour, which is always pleasing to witness.

Meet Our People

Meet Doreen, who was born in 1922 in Southport on the Gold Coast to Margurite and Russel. Her father worked as the Town Clerk in Southport, following her Grandfather’s footsteps who had been Town Clerk for 50 years. Her Mother was a homemaker who looked after Doreen and her three sisters.

Doreen attended Southport State School and so too, her children. During her younger years, Doreen spent a lot of time roller skating at the Pier Theatre on the Esplanade at Southport and going to the beach with friends. Doreen recalls these memories and describes them ‘as they seem like another lifetime’.

After leaving school, Doreen worked for her Father as a secretary at the council chambers. Shortly after she began working for the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau organising tours around the Gold Coast.

In 1947, Doreen married her husband with whom she had met on the beach- he was a life saver. Together they had three sons and 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Doreen and her husband started a refrigeration company, which is still in operation today. Unfortunately, her husband passed away at an early age but Doreen continued to run the business with her sons who were the refrigeration mechanics. At the sprightly age of 80, Doreen turned the business over to her sons who continue to run the family business. Doreen is very proud of her achievements.

To anyone who knows Doreen, you will know her to have a wonderful sense of humour and tells you how it is.
Her achievements continue on here at Merrimac, as she loves participating in word games in, which she is our brightest star. This year, Doreen joined the NRL Footy Tipping Competition and led the table all the way to the Finals where she finished 1st equal.

Please note: Doreen chose not to have her photo displayed but was happy to share with us, a little about herself.

This Month’s Activities

Melbourne Cup

This year’s events on Melbourne Cup day includes Merrimac Cup Race and fashion parade. Following Race 7, everyone will gather for a prize giving and a special afternoon tea prepared by the fantastic team in hotel services.

Social Events

A variety of events throughout November will have everyone up on the dance floor, singing, being creative, having a laugh and just being ‘them’.

St Andrew’s Day

Our opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s National Day with various activities across Merrimac Park.

Men’s Group

Providing the opportunity for the boys to form friendships- to share common interests. The Men’s Group gets together each month at both Ritz and Raffles buildings.

Around the Grounds

A look at regular activities held at our home.


5th Rudolpha
8th Evonne
12th Dulcie
21st Dorothy
26th Roger