The month of September was filled with various activities for the Merrimac aged care residents such as a spa treat, cooking and entertainment as well as a visit from some furry friends. 

Spa Morning

We had a special morning with a spa experience on level one to celebrate a lovely lady’s birthday. There is nothing better than having a foot spa and face mask to finish off the week while getting ready for birthday celebrations.

Thanks to the support from her lovely family members we were able to make this an excellent experience for all the residents. A big thank you to Ailsa’s two daughters, her son and the Hoare’s daughter.


We had the pleasure of seeing the Found By The Hound again this month for pet therapy. All residents enjoy spending time with these beautiful furry friends.

It’s always a hit when Melody Majors, the volunteer choir group, perform. Just Jeff performed during happy hour.

Plus, Irma Courtney performed some beautiful original pieces and some all-time favourites. All residents get up and start moving during Mark Dean concerts.


Ritz got colourful this month with residents decorating their own cupcakes. It was a beautiful mess that left evidence on whoever had one.

Raffles made gluten-free cheese and onion scones, and they truly enjoyed them with a high tea.

All Around The Facility

Relaxing Morning tea with friends and crafts where the residents express their individuality with making some beautiful headpieces.

Keeping fit if not an issue with physio programs, putt-putt golf and walks around the gardens.


Merrimac park private care are happy to announce the lucky winner of the stunning pair of gold diamond incrusted earnings was Norma Howe. From the lifestyle department, we would like to say thank you to all who supported us by purchasing a ticket.

Meet our People

Meet Roger. Born on the 17th of October in 1940 to mother Betty and Father Norman at the Brighton Community Hospital in Melbourne. Roger has one older brother, Barry.

He Spent his former years at the family home in Black Rock and was educated from year 1 to 5 at the Black Rock State School and years 6 to 12 at Haileybury College.

In younger years, his main interests were at the beach such as boating and fishing. Roger was a member of the Black Rock Life Saving Club and the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. He later took up golf, joining the Keysborough Golf Club, as a member achieving a single figure handicap. During that time he was a guest at the American Golf Open Championship in Augusta, USA.

Roger became a Real Estate Agent, running a successful business for many years in Melbourne.

Roger has three children; Tara a Speech Therapist, Peta a Volunteer and Stephen a firefighter on the Sunshine Coast.  He is also a proud grandfather to Tara’s two boys, Emre and Ayden.

Roger has travelled extensively to other parts of the world.

Early in 2013, Roger moved to the Gold Coast to be closer to his brother and has been a resident in Raffles, Merrimac Park Private Care since then.

This Month’s Activities

Harmony Hooves

Pet Therapy

Found By The Hound

Pet Therapy

Irma Courtney


Tiny Tots

Inter-generational Program

Trevor Rix


Musical Melody


Lone Wolf

Halloween Performance


4th Valma
6th Lily
11th Kevin
13th Patricia
17th Roger
18th Norma
19th Brian
25th David
28th Peter
28th John