Mercy Place Residents Meet to Boost Wellbeing

THE increasing number of men who now call Mercy Place Mandurah home has prompted the creation of a new group which is proving popular.

Since the group was introduced, Mercy Place Mandurah’s male residents have been meeting regularly to share a cuppa and enjoy a chat among friends, with the focus on boosting their emotional health and wellbeing and reducing the risk of loneliness and isolation.

To cap off the year, the seniors welcomed a group of motor enthusiasts from the Peel Vintage Car Club, along with six pristine automobiles, to attend a lunch, chat about their classic cars and in the process show off their prized possessions.

Mercy Health WA state manager Anita Ghose said the group was a simple concept but the residents had embraced it.

“Men typically keep things close to their chest, so it’s important for them to have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences, have a chat, make new friends and reflect on their past in a safe and social environment,” she said.

“The fact that the gentleman from the Peel Vintage Car Club have made themselves available to meet and have lunch with our residents has absolutely made their day and has been a hugely enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”

Mercy Health is a Catholic community not-for-profit provider of care, founded by the Sisters of Mercy.

In WA, the organisation cares for more than 300 people across six residential homes.