A spooky Halloween event
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.