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