Port Kennedy: Bethanie Waters residents smelling the roses


Richard Clapin, Eileen Skinner, Betty Midgley, therapy assistant Gill Barker, Lillian Fawcett, Alexandria Gillan and Irene McLeod.
Richard Clapin, Eileen Skinner, Betty Midgley, therapy assistant Gill Barker, Lillian Fawcett, Alexandria Gillan and Irene McLeod.

RESIDENTS at Bethanie Waters Port Kennedy are learning to smell the roses again after an innovative partnership.

After teaming up with Woolworths Secret Harbour, each Wednesday Bethanie Waters staff collect the remaining unsold flowers and now residents are enjoying flower-arranging each week.

Occupational therapist Skye Scantlebury said she enjoyed seeing the residents smiling.

“The flowers are still so beautiful and come in such colour and variety,” she said.

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“We are so grateful to see them go to good use with our residents; they really help to get the creative juices flowing, particularly with our dementia care residents.”

Residents celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday are now receiving a special delivery, and the home is also “smelling like roses”.

One resident previously owned four florist shops, so not only does she enjoy sharing her knowledge with others, but is in her element.