Scarves, beanies and gloves were the required dress code at Forest View Childers on Wednesday as the staff and residents revelled in a Winter Wonderland themed morning tea.
Snowball “fights”, a dusting of snow from a snow maker and a frosty cover across the lawn completed the illusion of a visit to a snow region.
It was coincidental that the Winter Wonderland event was held on the chilliest morning winter has delivered to Childers thus far with temperatures around the five-degree mark.
Julie Mayer, CEO of the aged care facility said the themed events were popular with the residents as well as providing therapeutical benefits.
“At least half our residents have not seen snow and for others the event can take them back and they can relive memories,” she said.
“A priority outcome can be achieved for residents with dementia or memory issues.
“If you can take someone back more than 30 years they tend to light up and engage in conversation and remember the day.”
Julie said a small snow machine helped create an Alpine illusion.
“We had a ‘snow table' where young and old engaged in making snowballs which naturally led to some good natured fun,” she said.
A Sydney performer and his Frank Sinatra show was scheduled for the afternoon entertainment of residents and guests.
Hot coffee and a table of morning tea treats topped off an enjoyable occasion.
Julie said that as far as continued fun and enjoyment are concerned, residents and staff will be looking forward to a Christmas in July get-together.