RESIDENTS at MercyCare’s Joondalup residential aged care facility have shown they are clever with a palette and easel, selling a collection of their artworks inspired by their life passions and the natural habitats around them.
The fete last month, run by the residents and staff, raised $1300 to be invested back into the facility for communal activities and outings.
Therapy assistant Seema Desai said residents had enjoyed creating items over the past few months to sell at art and craft stalls.
“Our residents feel great achievement and reward knowing that their art and craft talents, particularly the paintings they have lovingly created, have touched someone enough for them to buy them,” she said.
“Artistic activities help with relaxation, socialisation, can improve imagination and offer sensory stimulation.”
Joondalup residential aged care service manager Ronalda Cowcher said residents were able to take part in activities, including hour-long art and crafts sessions held four to five times a week, with many attending every day.
“Not only are these activities welcomed by our residents as a fun pastime, but exercising their creativity can have a number of physiological benefits, including improving cognitive function,” she said.