Clients from the Rockingham Social Centre and Respite Cottage, together with children from the local Bungaree Primary School, will work together to create an interactive corridor and seascape mural to support the growing number of dementia clients taking advantage of the facility.
The interactive corridor will be stimulating with numerous colourful boards full of bespoke activities specially designed to support the needs of dementia clients. The memory window will encourage diverse conversations and will be a permanent feature of the corridor.
Silver Chain Social Centre Coordinator, Mandy Holmshaw, said they hope the project will help clients form relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds and also create a learning environment where knowledge and skills are imparted between generations.
“Once completed, our dementia clients will benefit in many ways. They can reminisce about childhood memories with the music boxes, puzzle solving will support their cognition and they will be supported to regain skills they may have lost such as tying shoelaces or a tie,” Mandy said.
“A similar project was carried out at our Mandurah Social Centre last year and it was so well received by our clients and the school students who took part. We are looking forward to providing the same opportunity at Rockingham.”
This project was been made possible thanks to a $1,000 grant from COTA, Lotterywest and the State Government of West Australia for Seniors Week activities. Dulux have also provided ongoing support by providing paint.
The Social Centre provides respite for carers by giving clients an opportunity to interact with others in a comfortable home like environment while participating in a range of fun activities such as cooking, gardening and flower arranging.
If you or someone you know would like to attend one of our Social Centres and participate in a range of activities in great company, please call our Contact Centre, which operates 24 hours per day, seven days a week on (08) 9242 0242.
New look Rockingham Social Centre
During September, the Rockingham Social Centre and Respite Cottage was officially reopened after undergoing a significant renovation.
Clients, carers, staff and other members of the local community gathered together to celebrate the official opening with a morning tea.
Those who attended commented on the vibrant, fresh feel and how warm and welcoming they find it.