Kurrajong Nursing Home remembered former resident Walter Racker

DRESS-UPS: Staff members Carolina, Mary, Kay, Sue, Sandy, Veronica, Julie and Bec. Picture: Supplied
DRESS-UPS: Staff members Carolina, Mary, Kay, Sue, Sandy, Veronica, Julie and Bec. Picture: Supplied

STAFF at Kurrajong Nursing Home delighted residents with an Oriental Theme Day, in honour of a former resident.

Sandy Barratt, activity coordinator, said the day was in honour of Walter Racker, whose family kindly donated to the nursing home a voucher for residents and staff to enjoy a Chinese lunch on their behalf.

“Walter loved his Chinese food, especially when the family would take him out for lunch and also when we would have bus outings to the Chinese restaurant,” Ms Barratt said.

“He also enjoyed our theme days at Kurrajong Nursing Home and liked to participate. It was a great day to share memories of Walter who passed away in March 2017.”

Ms Barratt is responsible for organising activities for the residents - things to keep them occupied and interested in their day-to-day life, which could otherwise become repetitious.

These include dress-up days during which the staff assume characters and delight the residents, for example fairytale day during which they listen to stories and reminisce.

Recently, Years 3 and 4 pupils from Grose View Public School visited the nursing home and performed a dance group routine for them.

In August last year, the staff staged a stylish farewell for a resident, Kitty Payne, who was transferring to a facility in Kiama to be closer to her family who had moved there.

The staff donned wigs and feather boas, and performed a cabaret act complete with some of Mrs Payne’s favourite songs from her youth.