Bentley SwanCare using Royal Wedding celebrations to get residents talking

SwanCare resident Laura Anderson (97) with diversional therapy coordinator Annemarie Kluvers.
SwanCare resident Laura Anderson (97) with diversional therapy coordinator Annemarie Kluvers.

ROYAL family fans like Laura Anderson (97) eagerly anticipate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials, and SwanCare in Bentley has offered a week of celebrations.

Aged care residents saying “I do” to the Royal Wedding donated their wedding portraits for an exhibition in the halls of Waminda Residential Care.

People were encouraged to guess the bride and groom in all 57 portraits.

SwanCare diversional therapy coordinator Annemarie Kluvers said the festivities also serve a deeper purpose.

“We want to get people talking,” Ms Kluvers said.

“Our aim for all the activities created for our care residents is to stir their enthusiasm, drive their interaction with one another and with the staff and, hopefully, families will collaborate and be a part of that enthusiasm too.”

SwanCare residents engaged in some armchair travel to the United Kingdom thanks to an interactive visual display using Google Earth and a travel documentary.

Yesterday’s Bridal Fashion Show saw SwanCare staff model their own wedding attire and share their wedding stories, while many residents spoke of the restrictions placed on their celebrations during WWII.

Chaplain Lyn Harwood presented her wedding dress made with fabric from her great grandmother’s dress circa 1875.

The week will culminate with a Royal high tea on Friday with guests expected to dress to impress while they devour a five-course high tea accompanied by music from Quartet with a Twist.

Royal-themed collages made during the week will be displayed at the high tea and during the final Royal Quiz on Saturday.

The wedding will be televised Saturday evening.

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