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
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.
Estia Health confirms that earlier today they received advice that 13 residents at its Ardeer home in West Melbourne have tested positive for COVID-19.
The home implemented the company’s COVID-19 positive test response plan, following the self-reporting of a positive test result by an employee of the home, last Thursday.
Estia Health’s oldest resident Joyce celebrated her 101st birthday on Monday 6 July.
The aged care home celebrated the great occasion by organising 101 personally signed birthday cards from Joyce’s friends and family. “It might take me some time to open all these cards,” Joyce said. “We had the cards printed up and they had pictures of Joyce on them,”
Connie is a valued and much loved volunteer who provides and arranges the flowers at Estia Health Yarra Valley on a weekly basis. She also provides all the wreaths for our special events like Anzac Day, Easter Sunday, and Remembrance Day. The amount of colour that is brought in week after week is amazing and with over ten vases a week to fill she has her hands full not only cutting them but then arranging them every Thursday morning.
Anita first came to be a volunteer at our home after her mum, Dorothy, passed away. Anita was a wonderful support to her mum and to other residents and employees in the home whilst her mum was a resident here. Shortly after Dorothy passed away, Anita realised what a large part of Estia Health Salisbury East had become in her life and decided she wanted to continue to service residents by way of becoming a volunteer.
Did you know pumpkin is a type of winter squash that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family? In Australia, pumpkin may refer to any type of winter squash. While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits. Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkin is nutritious and linked to many health benefits.
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasises the importance of using innovative ways to provide connectedness an enrichment in aged care. There are great benefits too, in being occupied and engaged in activities. Here is one way our Estia Health Gold Coast residents have been keeping busy in isolation!