Celebrating Australia Day at Japara

It’s that time of the year when people all across the country get ready for a long weekend of Australia Day celebrations with family and friends.

Here’s what the Japara residents have been up to in preparation for Australia Day 2020:

Aussie art class at Lakes Entrance

The lifestyle team at our Japara Lakes Entrance home in Victoria organised an Aussie-themed art therapy session this week. Residents spent the afternoon painting colourful thongs to decorate the displays within the home ready for Australia Day.

Elderly woman and man sat at a table painting

“Art therapy presents so many benefits for those living with dementia, from helping to reduce stress and frustration to improving motor skills,” explains Brenda King, Lifestyle Coordinator at Japara Lakes Entrance. “All of these benefits help elevate our residents’ quality of life, so we ensure we incorporate regular creative sessions within our lifestyle program. Residents also take great pleasure in being involved in making and designing seasonal decorations around the home just as they have in their family homes over the years.”

Wall art display of Australia flags and colourful paintings

Beach parties at Coffs Harbour and Anglesea

Japara Coffs Harbour in NSW and Japara  Anglesea in VIC have both taken inspirational from their coastal locations in their Australia Day displays, including barbecues, surf boards, beach balls, and even some sandcastles.

Australian flags, barbecues, and beach items

Flying the flag at Japara Hallam

Our Japara Hallam home is currently undergoing refurbishment, but this didn’t stop the lifestyle team from Australia Day celebrations this year.

Elderly people wearing Australia flags and celebrating Australia Day

The residents indulged in a traditional Australia BBQ, with music and sweet afternoon tea treats for dessert!

Elanora takes a walk on the wild side

The residents at Japara Elanora in Ballarat had the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s most famous characters week. Wildlife incursion group, The Roo Keepers, visited Elanora to introduce residents to some native wildlife in celebration of Australia Day.

Izabella, pictured below right, was particularly fond of this cuddly koala bear who came to visit.

Women in pink and green clothing stroke koala bear

The residents also got to meet some of Australia’s reptile species, from tiny terrapins to super-sized snakes.

Left: Man strokes terrapin, Right: Old man sitting with large snake around his shoulders

… And no Australian wildlife display would be complete without a visit from a baby kangaroo.

Old man with moustached stroking a baby kangaroo

Residents and staff loved interacting with the animals and The Roo Keepers kept the whole group engaged throughout the show with fascinating facts, providing a brilliant opportunity to learn more about the wildlife with whom we share our country.

Five men and women smiling at the camera holding one large brown snake

Bush fire support

The group at Lakes Entrance thoroughly enjoyed learning about Australia’s wildlife and interacting closely with some of the country’s most iconic species, however, the session was all the more thought-provoking due to the ongoing bush fires which have caused substantial damage to their natural habitats.

Australia Day is a welcome opportunity to celebrate our country’s customs, diversity, and achievements, yet it’s also a chance to stop and reflect on our Australian emergency services, and the men and women who have all worked tirelessly to protect our country and those who call it home.

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