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Broughton Hall residents beat the blues during isolation

5th June 2020

Residents at Broughton Hall haven’t let the COVID-19 pandemic stop them from taking part in their usual exercises, activities and continuing relationships within the community.

Community Engagement Coordinator, Roxanne Azat, has been finding ways to think outside the box to ensure the residents remain healthy and active during the pandemic.

“At Benetas, we believe it is a privilege to care for our residents. Our teams at Broughton Hall are taking on the challenges COVID-19 presents every day with positivity, resilience and true compassion for our residents and families,” Roxanne said.

Roxanne has created staggered times throughout the day for exercise groups to take part in daily exercises facilitated by physiotherapist Joyce. This is then followed by a daily walk around the lush surroundings in the Berwick Garden.

Some of the normal pre-pandemic activities have been able to continue via a livestream, such as their choir group, religious services, happy hour and music therapy. Roxanne has also used Zoom to help a number of residents maintain their connection with their community groups.

“We recognise how vital it is to maintain our residents’ connection with family, friends and the community. Our team will continue to focus on finding creative ways to keep our residents engaged and stimulated in ways that best meet their individual needs and preferences during this difficult time.”

The residents have continued to be in contact with their little friends from Auburn Kindergarten and Child Care Centre with Zoom meetings where residents sing and dance along with them, as well as a regular exchange of letters.

Learn more about Benetas' residential age care service, Broughton Hall, in Camberwell Melbourne.