As with other aged care centres, Blue Haven Bonaira has strict safety measures in place to guard against COVID-19, with staff doing all they can to keep up morale.
“While this has meant no visits by family and friends, nor outside activities such as shopping trips or excursions, staff have gone all out to ensure residents remain connected with their loved ones and the wider community,” says Clare Rogers, Council’s Director Blue Haven.
“Virtual visits for families have been introduced, with tablets allowing everyone to enjoy seeing and talking to each other.”
The Friends have also donated digital pianos for the home, which have already unveiled the talents of one resident, who now keeps everyone entertained most days.
The centre’s Lifestyle Team has also helped residents to brighten their balconies, establishing small gardens for them to enjoy and tend to.
The staff themselves have also taken on the task of adding some brightness by dressing up and celebrating Wacky Wednesday weekly.
At Easter, residents received eggs generously donated by Jamberoo Action Park, and special Easter messages thanks to the Friends of Blue Haven.
They were also able to mark ANZAC Day with a small but solemn private service, where a resident lowered the flags to half-mast and laid a wreath.
Tributes were also set up in each home, with the live stream of the official service provided in individual rooms or the lounge areas.
Mother’s Day is the next event on the calendar, with a lavish afternoon tea of champagne, punch and chocolate-dipped strawberries, as well as gifts from the Friends of Blue Haven, being planned.
“With all the events of 2020, it’s hard to believe everyone only moved in last December,” says Ms Rogers.
Blue Haven Care Home has recently welcomed its 100th resident.