At Gunther Village our motto is ‘Change your address not your lifestyle’ and we encourage our residents to live life as they choose. Our Lifestyle Team are dedicated in assisting residents achieve maximum independence whilst maintaining their lifestyle choices and friendships within the facility and the wider community. Residents will decide what they want to do each day and have control over their daily activities. We are committed to providing meaningful activities for our residents, and creating a sense of purpose and fulfilment. To ensure our residents are involved in the decision making process, regular resident / relative meetings are held to ensure you and your family choose the activities that suit your personal needs. Our Lifestyle Team are trained professionals who are dedicated to a person centred approach, providing enriching activities that suit your personal interests and stimulates the senses.
Keeping a busy social life is vital. To ensure you stay stimulated, our Lifestyle Team have structured social activities to keep you connected with friends, family and the community. Our social support services help residents to actively participate socially and engage with others. We understand the importance of maintaining an active social life so that you feel supported.
We believe staying active contributes to your overall health and wellbeing by strengthening your sense of belonging and creating social relationships that can be valued and maintained. We have developed sustainable community projects like intergenerational programs and working with local schools. These types of programs provide our residents with opportunities to mix with multiple generations and for families to participate in meaningful activities with their relatives.
We also understand the need for gender specific programs and have developed activities specifically to suit.
Social Activities at Gunther Village include:
- Fishing excursions
- Jingo every Tuesday
- Gardening Club
- Bus outings
- Friendship groups
- Devonshire teas
- Happy Hour
- Live entertainment
- Music and sing-alongs
- Card / Board Games
- In-house fine dining to create restaurant feel
- Shopping trips
- Mothers Day / Fathers Day
- Regular outings to community events
- Men’s Activities
Active Minds & Bodies
Being physically active and socially engaged throughout your life has many benefits, especially as you grow older. Our dedicated Lifestyle Team conducts programs to ensure you are intellectually stimulated, with sophisticated software programs that are specially designed for seniors and can be personalised to suit your individual needs. This cognitive stimulation leads to beneficial relaxation by encouraging the mind, memories and old experiences to lead to new inspiration.
Computers are available and specialised tutorial programs assist you in staying connected with friends, family and special interests. This provides the opportunity for residents to utilise information technology and social networking tools to promote and maintain social contact. Sensory enriched activities are offered to stimulate sight, hearing, smell and touch for those who have deficits in this area. These specialised activities are conducted on a one on one basis and within group environments, to suit individual needs. As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever.
Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence and assist in managing symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise programs are also available to assist you in maintaining mobility and keeping you fit and active. These programs are not compulsory, however they are encouraged.
Sensory Activities offered at Gunther Village:
- Arts and crafts
- Cooking classes
- Knitting / Crochet
- Relaxation therapy
- Pet therapy
- Chair exercises
- Indoor bowls
- Computer software programs for seniors
Cultural & Spiritual Living
Individual interests, customs, beliefs, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds are valued and fostered at Gunther Village. A range of culturally supportive systems are in place to assist residents to maintain important practises, beliefs and networks. The team at Gunther Village is professionally trained in cultural awareness and ensure days of religious significance are acknowledged appropriately.
As part of our person centred approach, cultural and spiritual needs are regularly reviewed to ensure we are supporting individual needs. A holistic spiritual care program that welcomes, facilitates and supports contributions of networks, spiritual care volunteers and community contacts is in place. This provides opportunities for residents to contribute to, as well as receive, spiritual care with a proactive collaboration and fostering of partnerships with community faith groups / organisations and their members.
Spiritual Activities enjoyed at Gunther Village:
- Regular in-house church services conducted
- Spiritual leader visits
- Bible study groups
- Room visits
- Multi-cultural activities
- Relaxation and visualisation sessions
Cultural events are a great opportunity for residents, family members and staff to celebrate Australia’s diversity, and to respect traditions of different countries. We experience this through culture, food, and music, with the Lifestyle Team organising appropriate activities and decorating the Activity Room to suit each occasion.