More than 100 years since the end of World War I, Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda aged care home will commemorate the ANZAC heroes and other ex-servicemen and women in its midst, ahead of ANZAC Day on Thursday April 25.
And staff at the facility are the first to admit that their residents are taking the lead in the remembrance activities, particularly those involved with the creative activities organised at the home.
The craft-orientated seniors at Braemar meet regularly to make individual, handmade items – but in recent weeks have turned their attention to a very specific project – producing handcrafted poppies prior to ANZAC Day on 25 April.
Braemar CEO, Wayne Belcher says, said the group was made up of a wonderful caring and sharing people who offer each other support, advice and encouragement.
“Our residents have been making the most wonderful paper poppies; the ladies in this group are a truly dedicated team who have a real commitment to helping others and making a difference.
“For the seniors who make up our craft group, their regular catch ups are about more than just craft, their get-togethers are also a social outlet.
“Braemar fully supports these type of activities as we are focused on enriching the lives of those who choose to live with us, and supporting older people to participate in enjoyable pursuits that not only have given them pleasure throughout their lives, but also have a significant purpose, in this case remembering the ANZAC’s.”
Residents at Cooinda will commemorate ANZAC Day by holding a service within the home at 11am. The craft group makes up just one part of Braemar’s resident enrichment program.
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