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A 1940s themed party had residents of Cashmere Home in Johnsonville dressing to impress and dancing the night away recently.
The event, which was planned and attended by residents, family members, staff and volunteers, saw the home’s main lounge transformed into 1940s dance hall.
Cashmere Home recreation officer Liz Rivadelo says many residents are still talking about what a great time they had.
“It was a good chance for our elders and their family members to spend quality time having fun together. Everyone was active, up and dancing and reminiscing about the 40s. They were really having a great time,” says Liz.
“Some residents told us they never thought they’d be able to get up and dance again, so the smiles on their faces were fantastic,” Liz explains.
“One resident who struggles with his mobility was supported to be able to get up and dance with his wife. It was just beautiful.”
The festivities, which consisted of 1940s music and entertainment, drinks, canapés and dancing, sparked many memories of the ‘40s.
“It was so authentic because Propeller Studios were kind enough to lend us the props and decorations. They really transformed the main lounge which made such a difference to the atmosphere of the party.”
Liz says even those with memory loss were sharing stories with staff and family.
“Residents were busy telling us about what life was like back in the 1940s, and everyone had different experiences to share. It was a fantastic party and we can’t wait to have the next one – it will be interesting to see what theme the residents choose.”
Liz believes one of the things that made the event so successful was that the 1940s theme was decided by the residents, who are actively involved in what goes on at the home.
“They [the residents] said that they’re all from the 1940s so why not have a 1940s theme party. So we did.”
Liz explains that Cashmere Home embraces an elder-centred model of care called the Eden Alternative.
“That means we do all we can to ensure our elders are never feel lonely, helpless or bored. Here residents have choice and control and as a result the home has a real vibrancy about it.”
Cashmere Home is one of just two rest homes in New Zealand, and the first hospital level facility, to have achieved full Eden Alternative certification.