Last month our Redlands Aged Care residents had a very busy February with lots of events such as Chinese New Year activities and Valentines Day.

Blue Notes Jazz Quartet

The residents in Stanford were entertained with some beautiful music and singing whilst our staff overheard one resident asking another if she was a jazz buff like herself.

A recent arrival to the Wellington Park family was pleasantly surprised that a member of the band was someone she knew from the community.

Happy snaps were taken for the album!

A Whole Lot of Love

Love was in the air today as we celebrated Valentines Day. Vibrant pink and white rose petals lined the tables with beautiful Red Velvet Cake and special treat chocolates served up along with tea and coffee in our delightful china cups.

In Wentworth, we had a Name the love song quiz, with some of us singing the favourites.

Chinese New Year

We held a morning based on the Chinese New Year or Lunar Year, which took place on the 16th and was a whole lot of fun!

Most residents were game to try a brew of Oolong tea whilst munching on rice crackers, which were encouraged to be eaten with chopsticks. Also, everyone discovered their astrological sign, according to the year they were born, and found out all the characteristics of that sign.

We finished up selecting a Fortune Cookie each and reading out loud each fortune, consequently, we were surprised with no two being alike.

Lunch Outing

To coincide with the Lunar New Year, about 20 of us dined out at a local Chinese Restaurant in Cleveland, called Happy Garden.

We all enjoyed a delicious lunch, consisting of Yum Cha, fried rice, and other authentic items off the menu. Also, some of our residents even indulged in the deep fried ice cream.

A lovely outing, despite the rain falling outside.

Ballroom Dancing

Glenys and Bryan gave a wonderful dancing display, with some dances chosen specifically for our residents’ participation. One of the ladies commented that she danced until she was 90 years young. It was a visual feast for the eyes, as Glenys and Bryan swirled and twirled their way through a medley of songs, bringing an end to our summer.

Meet our People

Meet Edna, she born and lived in Gatton, marrying her love, Hubert, a builder, in 1949. Together, they worked as Dairy Farmers, on a share farm property. Edna explained how farm life was hard work, but there was nothing like being in the open space and fresh air. They had three children, and now have six grandchildren plus four beautiful great-grandchildren.

Edna enjoyed handiwork, which included knitting and crocheting as well as cooking. One of her favourite meals to prepare and enjoyed eating was a good old-fashioned Lamb Roast.

Edna also played tennis, which she enjoyed very much and still recalls the elation she felt when she and her partner won a tennis tournament. “Now, I look forward to seeing the tennis on television. It brings back many fond memories, and was such a great sport to be a part of,” she explained.

This Month’s Activities

Music Therapist Anita in the Diamond Lodge

A specialized music session using a variety of instruments.

Gardening in Topaz Lodge

The residents will get their hand’s dirty planting seedlings.

St. Patrick’s Day morning tea in Wentworth and Stanford

A themed morning tea to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Cooking Easter treats in Wentworth

Cooking up some yummy chocolate favourites.

eMJays Coffee Shop in Stanford

Glenys and Bryan will be putting on a visual feast with their dancing display in Stanford.

Easter Morning Tea

Easter will be celebrated in Wentworth and Stanford with the drawing of the Easter Raffle.

Birthdays

9th Ivan
11th Pauline
19th Jim
19th Ema
23rd Mildred
28th Margaret
31st Ruby