Building a lifestyle program residents love

Sonia Lim 1 Apr 2020

*all images of staff and residents were taken prior to social distancing measures set in place

From singing to bingo to day trips to local clubs, lifestyle activities are a vital part of our residents’ day. Lifestyle activities help residents to establish and maintain supportive social networks, stimulate and enhance their cognitive function by acquiring new skills, and continue to enjoy their favourite hobbies.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the creativity and commitment of lifestyle team members, who are constantly working to find new and interesting activities for residents to enjoy.

According to Leisure and Lifestyle Manager, Leanne Gallagher from RFBI Lake Haven Masonic Village, “Lifestyle activities allow our residents to feel a sense of satisfaction, independence and enjoyment. It is a privilege to be able to make such a difference every day to so many people and their families.”

“The most important part of my role is to keep our residents happy, occupied and motivated,” Robin Herden, Lifestyle Officer at RFBI Tamworth Masonic Village.

Every day is full of exciting possibilities when you work in aged care. With a calendar filled with activities that includes outings, shopping trips, indoor and outdoor games, there is never a dull moment.

Lifestyle Officer, Michelle Harden from RFBI Basin View Masonic Village added, “I love making the residents laugh and to put a smile on their face is priceless. To be able to do this makes my role very rewarding.”

However it is not just about outings, games and gatherings but about getting to know our residents, their interests and tailoring activities to suit their physical, social and recreational wants and needs.

Tina Raymond, Lifestyle Supervisor at RFBI Holt Masonic Village enjoys individual time she shares with her residents. “Sometimes we go for a walk in the garden or have a chat in their rooms. I value the connections I make every day with our residents. The love and appreciation I am rewarded with is heart-warming.”

“The stories they share about their life totally amazes me,” adds Gail Growhurst, Lifestyle Officer at Glen Innes.

For many, aged care may not be the industry of choice but it certainly is a rewarding one and one that you will love. Joanne Edwards, Lifestyle Officer from RFBI Leeton Masonic Village shared her experience entering into aged care. “I never thought I could work in an aged care environment but I truly love it. I can see the real value in what I do and I know it makes a difference in someone’s life.”

At RFBI, we are expanding our Leisure and Lifestyle teams across NSW and ACT. If this sounds like you and you are interested in making a difference to the lives of older Australians, apply now.

For more career opportunities at RFBI, please visit careers.rfbi.com.au