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Festival of flowers

Festival of flowers

Estia Health Yarra Valley recently celebrated a festival of flowers as the community rallied to donate flowers by the bunch to the aged care home. Over a two week period, the nursing home was decked out in over 75 different varieties of colourful flowers helping bring joy to residents during a difficult time.

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Yvonne finds new purpose

Yvonne finds new purpose

Yvonne has found a new purpose in life since moving into Estia Health Benalla. She first arrived in February as a respite resident when she needs some extra support. However, after spending several weeks in the home, she was ready to make the move permanent.

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Happy 100, Daphne

Happy 100, Daphne

A glass of beer and a bunch of flowers hand delivered by her favourite soap star was the perfect way for Daphne to celebrate ahead of her 100th birthday on Saturday.

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Margaret Appleton earns her Medal

Margaret Appleton earns her Medal

Estia Health Parkside resident, Margaret Yeo (now Margaret Appleton) has been an almost lifetime resident of Tailem Bend. First coming to the town when her father, Joseph Yeo, was transferred with ‘The Railways’ from Peterborough sometime during the early 1930s.

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Dolly visits Estia Health

Dolly visits Estia Health

Estia Health residents were delighted to receive a visit from "Dolly" the pony to celebrate the annual birthday of the horse. A spokesperson said Dolly belonged to staff member Kellie's daughter and she was an absolute gem with the residents.

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Love, art and friendship

Love, art and friendship

Malcolm is at Estia Health in Heidelberg West. Casting about for ways to help keep Malcolm occupied, his friend Mr De Luca hit upon the idea of sending him a blank canvas. The plan is for them to enter the prestigious Archibald Prize this year.

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The benefits of animals and pets

The benefits of animals and pets

Interacting with animals can often improve the health and wellbeing of the elderly. Stroking a dog can release a hormone called oxytocin, linked to anxiety relief, helping to improve mood. It is also thought to reduce the level of stress-related hormones in the blood, as well as being a great way to give and receive love; especially helping those who lack regular social interaction

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Make your own...Butterscotch sponge

Make your own...Butterscotch sponge

Did you know Butterscotch is a type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter? The largest butterscotch candy made was created in 1996. It weighed over 3500 lbs! Try your hand at making your own, more modest, family sized sponge with this simple and easy to follow recipe. Butterscotch sponge is definitely a firm favourite among residents in our homes.

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