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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
The residents also got to meet some of Australia’s reptile species, from tiny terrapins to super-sized snakes.
… And no Australian wildlife display would be complete without a visit from 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.
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.