Centacare Beaudesert recently created a fun workshop project for their male dementia clients – after having a number of old window frames donated.
The clients, who are part of Centacare’s ‘Share The Care’ program, were shown how to sand down, use the paint scraper and then paint the window frames to remake into picture frames and a notice board.
Centacare’s Manager in Beaudesert, Kylie Parnaby said the experience for the clients was very positive. “Doing this project enabled the men to get outside and into the workshop. It allows them space to talk about what they are doing and to share stories. They laughed a lot and bailed up all who passed by to look at their work and discussed it with them!” laughed Kylie.
“This is the first time we have done this activity, but it will lead into other ‘glue and screw’ projects such as bird and possum boxes to sell. We try to give the male clients some ‘men time’ activities, similar to a ‘Men’s Shed’ concept. It enables them to bond and relax while doing useful, creative activities,” Kylie said.
This creative restoration project has been fun and engaging for Centacare’s clients and staff. The frames will now be put on display and sold to raise funds for the program.
Centacare’s ‘Share The Care’ program supports people living with dementia. Trips and events are organised to help clients connect with others to promote their health and wellbeing, through accessing the community and participating in ordinary activities.
“Our clients have gone to museums and art galleries, local theatre and workshops. Soon they will be joining our Centacare community to attend the Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba.”
For people with dementia, doing something meaningful and being engaged socially has been shown to increase their quality of life, self-esteem and can potentially slow down the progression of dementia.
*Photos – clients Kevin and Warren restoring old frames.