Voyage, a dream escape at home
AS AGE creeps up on us, the mind is often still willing but the body stiffens in protest and says “no”.
Without a creative option outside the square, our seniors often are omitted from activities or opportunities if they aren’t overly mobile.
However, the kindly staff at Minchinbury Manor residential aged care facility, at Rooty Hill, recently took residents on an “imaginary cruise”. The Minchinbury
Love Boat pulled into the facility port and invited passengers to board.
Minchinbury Manor executive manager Lynn Mowbray said much planning had gone into the activity.
“Care recipients had their passport photos taken and all were issued with boarding passes ready for the big day,” Ms Mowbray said.
“Passengers then boarded, setting sail at 500 knots for New Caledonia.”
The seafarers – once they had their sea legs – were treated to everything they would have enjoyed on a real cruise.
Ms Mowbray said everyone got into the cruising spirit with a singalong and hula dancing lessons before buckling down for mocktailmaking classes and quoits.
At the end of the day, cruisers enjoyed a captain’s cocktail supper, with entertainment and dancing – before disembarking at 8.30pm.
Enjoying an imaginary cruise.