Residents welcome new cafe

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

WAHROONGA Aged Care residents have some­thing new to look for­ward to each week – the open­ing of their own old-school Ice Cream Shoppe.

The cafe opened ear­lier in the month and at this stage op­er­ates once a week.

Di­vi­sional ther­a­pist as­sis­tant Amanda Trewin said the cafe would not be pos­si­ble with­out the help of volunteers.

“We are re­ally hop­ing to get some more volunteers to help open it more,” she said.

“At this stage we can only do one hour a week with our staffing.”

Wahroonga man­ager Lorna Per­rett said the aim was to open the cafe of a week­end.

“For fam­i­lies, when we do get those bulk vis­i­tors, so they don’t have to sit in­side their rooms, they can come out here,” she said.

The pro­ject has been in the works since the start of the year.

“All the fundrais­ing and equip­ment was done by staff,” Lorna said.

The area where the cafe op­er­ates was a can­teen 10–15 years ago and has since been used for stor­age.

“All the in­te­rior and floor had to be re­vamped and painted and it was all done by a vol­un­teer, he spent hours in here,” Lorna said.

As its name sug­gests, ice cream is on of­fer, along with tea and cof­fee, sun­daes, milk­shakes and the residents’ home­made goods.

“We have a bake-off in the morn­ing with the residents so it cre­ates an ac­tiv­ity in the morn­ing and makes ev­ery­thing smell nice and fresh,” Amanda said.

Lorna said the new cafe would pro­vide a num­ber of ben­e­fits for residents.

“As the aged care in­dus­try is mov­ing for­ward, we are pro­mot­ing a wellness pro­gram, not a clin­i­cal,” she said.

“There are so many pos­i­tives – it pro­motes wellness, so­cial­i­sa­tion, a bit of fresh air.”

Res­i­dent Mavis Schultz said she thought it was a great idea and she hoped the Ice Cream Shoppe could open more of­ten.

“It is some­thing they have been try­ing to get off the ground now for a while,” Mrs Schultz said.

“In­stead of just go­ing to the tea room, we could just come here.”

Mrs Schultz was en­joy­ing a macadamia ice cream and said it was very nice.

“I like al­most any­thing ex­cept choco­late, macadamia is good and so is mango,” she said.

“And any­thing with nuts on top and sprin­kles.”

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

THREE CHEERS: Volunteers and staff of the new Wahroonga Ice Cream Shoppe serve treats to residents.

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