All residents at Kronstadt Gardens are offered a wide variety of opportunities to get involved with activities of individual choice. The Lifestyle Program runs 7 days per week and consists of a variety of individual. group and community activities to promote independence and social enjoyment for residents, with consideration of their physical, sensory, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs and preferences.
It aims to provide a holistic and multidisciplinary care, in partnership with Nursing Care and other services and maximizes independence, dignity and the quality of life for every resident, every day.
Physical activities such as Exercise Club/Active Games are incorporated into the program three times a week. regular Pet Therapy, Craft Activities, Therapeutic Massages, Cooking, Cognitive Games and Puzzles, including the old favorite, Bingo, and Reading Clubs and Chats are just some of the sensory/mentally stimulating activities that are enjoyed by the residents in all of the areas of the facility.
Social support is provided to residents 1:1 or in a group sessions through Birthday Celebrations, weekly Happy Hour or Afternoon Tea Parties during theme days or special events.
Each day room is equipped with TV and DVD for assisted or self-initiated programs for relaxation purposes.
Cultural music and DVD’s are available for residents to listen to/view at their pleasure.
Cultural and religious celebrations highlight the dedication of the lifestyle team and the volunteers. These are all enjoyed not only by residents, but by all stakeholders at our home.
Coles online orders as well as trips to the local church and restaurants and fortnightly outings are also valued and enjoyed by many residents.
All of these activities assist in enriching the lives of residents and assist in promoting a healthy lifestyle.
As always, in honor of Mother’s and Father’s Day, there are special Happy Hours held for the residents. Celebrations take place in the North Wing Day Room during the afternoon tea party and a small gift is given to each resident.
As part of celebrations for Melbourne Cup, Kronstadt Gardens holds our very own Oaks Day Hat Parade. Staff dress for the occasion and enter in the fashion parade with a specially selected resident panel choosing the winners.
We are proud to say that this year we have had several highlights throughout the year as we continued to celebrate the varying heritages of our residents and staff.
In particular, we organised Australia Day BBQ, Valentines Day Breakfast and Afternoon Tea Party, Chinese New Year and a Cowboys and Cowgirl Day.
Each year our residents look forward to the Christmas and Easter celebrations that occur around the facility. Both the Eastern and Western Traditions were again recognized with some residents becoming very involved in the preparations and celebrations.
During this time, many residents choose to attend services at both the Chapel and the Church, with those able attending the midnight Christmas Service. During the celebratory lunches and concerts, each resident receives a gift from Santa. Residents also enjoy attending “Elka”, the children’s Christmas organised by the Parish School.
Easter preparations entailed coloring eggs, baking and decorating Kulichi and make Pascha. These festive foods were distributed to all residents in the facility by the Lifestyle Staff, along with chocolate eggs and an Easter Greeting Card. Residents attended church services, a special lunch and concerts featuring singers from the Church choir and the Russian Folkloric Group.
Throughout the year, the Lifestyle Program offers residents many opportunities for outings. the most popular ones include weekly Church Trips, 3 Patronal Feast Days, Concerts, Monthly Restaurant Trips and various community Events. Our residents look forward to these trips as they give them a chance not only to interact with co-residents from other areas of the facility but also with people in the wider community.