A spooky Hal­loween event

South Canterbury Herald - - TEMUKA NEWS - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

Res­i­dents, staff and vol­un­teers at the Croft Rest Home cel­e­brated Hal­loween in style this year.

A ‘‘creepy cor­ri­dor’’ was decked out with cob­webs and creepy crawlies, pump­kins and paper ghosts, while the witches, ghouls, devils and other scary Hal­loween crea­tures en­joyed spook­ing each other be­fore head­ing out into one of the Croft’s court­yards for a bar­be­cue in the sun on Oc­to­ber 31.

Nurse man­ager Lizzie McIvor said res­i­dents were heav­ily in­volved in plan­ning events for the home, with a spe­cial events group plan­ning out each event.

Events at The Croft were ‘‘fun’’ and about cre­at­ing a ‘‘fun at­mos­phere’’ for the res­i­dents.

It was a part of the home’s Eden Al­ter­na­tive prin­ci­ples. The Eden Al­ter­na­tive is based on 10 prin­ci­ples aimed at cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­ments in which older peo­ple are vi­brant, in­ter­ested and in­ter­ac­tive, en­joy­ing day to day liv­ing and tak­ing part in ac­tiv­i­ties that are en­joy­able and con­nected.

Res­i­dents were look­ing for­ward to other up­com­ing events, in­clud­ing the Mel­bourne Cup, New Zealand Cup and Show Week, and the an­nual Christ­mas party.

Mar­garet Wil­son, The Croft, and Walling­ford Rest Home in Te­muka were the three rest homes man­aged by Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port South Can­ter­bury that have achieved all of the Eden prin­ci­ples.

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