For Dementia Action Week (21-27 September), staff at Resthaven Northern Community Services* created a ‘wall of pom poms’ at their centre at 16 Gillingham Road, Elizabeth.
Manager, Karen Hammond, says, ‘Our pom pom wall is up in our visitor waiting room, where the colourful pom poms can be enjoyed by all.’
‘Everyone was invited to take part in the project, including clients, staff, and families, by making a pom pom or two and adding it to the display.’
‘We provided all participants with a kit containing a pom pom template, instructions, and wool.’
‘We chose pom poms because they are bright, soft, and tactile, stimulating all the senses, which is especially beneficial for those living with dementia.’
‘They also encourage reminiscence and can rekindle fond childhood memories.’
‘And, making pom poms is an inclusive activity. Anyone can make them, be they eight or eighty.’
‘Our display is still growing, as people add more and more pom poms.’
‘We can’t wait to see how big it gets!’
‘Thank you to everyone who continues to add to our “wall of pom poms”.
Resthaven Northern Community Services supports older people in the northern metropolitan areas to live independently in their own homes with a range of in-home support and centre-based wellness programs. In response to the ongoing demand for services, they will open an outreach office at 5 King Street, Gawler, in late October.
Resthaven’s residential and in-home care and support options are offered throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone Coast.
*Note: All Resthaven Community Services group activities follow a COVID safe plan, with appropriate health check screening, handwashing and physical distancing measures in place.