Bethanie residents enjoy red carpet life

Jane Gribben (37) on the red carpet and getting paparazzied at Bethanie Mt Claremont Social Centre parade wearing gear from the past. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d472005
Jane Gribben (37) on the red carpet and getting paparazzied at Bethanie Mt Claremont Social Centre parade wearing gear from the past. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d472005
Residents enjoying the activity at the centre.
Vera  Winter and occupational therapy assistant Toni Clayton. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d472004
Vera  Winter and occupational therapy assistant Toni Clayton. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d472004
Jane Gribben (37) on the red carpet and getting paparazzied at Bethanie Mt Claremont Social Centre parade wearing gear from the past. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472005 Jane Gribben (37) on the red carpet and getting paparazzied at Bethanie Mt Claremont Social Centre parade wearing gear from the past. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d472005 Residents enjoying the activity at the centre. Vera Winter and occupational therapy assistant Toni Clayton. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472004 Vera Winter and occupational therapy assistant Toni Clayton. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472004

RED carpet events, gardening, sports and knitting.

These are just some of the favourite pastimes for Bethanie residents.

The older generation and Mt Claremont Social Centre clients with a disability still enjoy these hobbies, just in a different environment and, at times, at a slower pace.

Community Newspaper Group recently got a snapshot of what residents and clients got up to over five days at Bethanie facilities throughout Perth.

In Cottesloe, there was a physio chi class, a gentle approach to exercise.

Margaret Cox said she loved getting out and about but her ability to do that was at risk before moving into residential care because she was prone to falls.

“Before I moved here I used to fall and couldn’t get up,” she said.

“This helps with balance. It’s relaxing and it’s all with friends.”

Physiotherapist Nicole Platell said the activity was an adaptation of tai chi focusing on “slowed, deliberate movements with the aim of optimising co-ordination and relaxation”.

Bethanie Beachside residents in Yanchep were training for the annual Bethalympics on August 30.

Sports include skittles, beanbag toss, hockey and pass ball.

Resident John Alexander said he enjoyed all the activities and just participating in general.

There was knitting at Bethanie Waters Port Kennedy, where residents were making scarves for homeless people.

This group will continue throughout August before the scarves are distributed in the community.

At Bethanie Gwelup, residents were tending to their community garden, where they grow herbs and vegetables.

Therapy assistant Zoe Taylor said they were working towards a garden-to-table initiative where residents would use fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden and cook a meal for the group.

“So many people are able to get involved in this project, from cooking to laying the table for dinner, and it gives residents a sense of purpose and community,” she said.

In Mt Claremont, Jane Gribben realised her dream of wearing a wedding dress down a red carpet.

The Subiaco resident took her idea of creating a red carpet event to staff at the Mt Claremont Social Centre, who made it a reality at their annual Christmas in July function.

Bethanie chief executive Chris How even walked the red carpet in his black tie wears.

Mr How said the Mt Claremont event was a typical example of residents driving the events calendar at Bethanie facilities.

The former nurse said a lot of disease was amplified if people were isolated and not enjoying life.