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Mother’s Day Celebrations at Bethlehem House

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A “lavender pampering day” was held for the residents of Bethlehem House in Kogarah to kick off Mother’s Day celebrations this week.

Pampering included combining aromatherapy with reminiscing and relaxation.

The team at Bethlehem House who were on hand to give the residents the special treatment included Agnes, Aromatherapist and Personal Care Assistant; Thomas, Recreational Activities Officer and Naseer, Physiotherapist.

The scene was set perfectly with zen music playing softly in the background and the aroma of lavender and rose drifting in the air.

Thomas, Recreational Activities Officer, said “our Lifestyle program focuses on the pampering combined with celebrating Mother’s Day.

Residents get inspired by the different items of yesteryear whilst being spoilt at the same time. Fond memories are shared within the group, reminiscing about past experiences and friendships. These are triggered by bringing out watches and timepieces, ornate keyrings, clothing such as gloves and ties and jewellery such as brooches and cufflinks.” Resident, Colin said he thoroughly enjoyed his aromatherapy hand massage and loved tying a tie. “I remember wearing a tie when I went to church every Sunday. The last time I wore a tie was 30 years ago,” he said.

Agnes, Aromatherapist and Personal Care Assistant said, “The celebrations are a lovely way for the residents to share and interact with one another. I love to pamper our residents. Aromatherapy gives me one on one time with them, to be able to talk and listen to their stories. This is particularly important as some residents don’t have any family support.”

“The sense of touch is very calming and soothing. Essential oils also help repair hydrated skin, reduce tension and anxiety, enhance mood and promote residents’ wellbeing,” she added.

Resident, Namky said, “I love receiving hand massages and getting my nails painted. It feels so nice and relaxing.”

Throughout the day residents enjoyed cups of tea and cappuccinos with delicious cupcakes and lamingtons.

This was followed by a pizza lunch. In the afternoon residents had the option to go on a bus trip to the local Flower Power where they could purchase flowers or pot plants for their room.