Activities Accessible for Everyone

Posted by Shelby Hutchison | 06 Jun 2013

For people with limited mobility and advanced age, getting out and about in their local area can be quite difficult and affects their ability to fully participate in the community.

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McKenzie Aged Care puts great importance on independence and active lifestyles, all facilities run regular outings and bus trips for residents to enjoy their surrounds.

Deborah Buchanan Lifestyle Co-ordinator at The Armitage in Victoria, says that these outings are a vital part of maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.

“It’s a great opportunity for our residents to experience the wider community and do things like they used to,” says Deborah.

“It gives them the sensory experiences outside the facility, bringing them confidence and fun - they often say it’s like an exciting adventure.”

Each resident’s mobility is assessed and excursions are designed to suit their needs, so that everyone in the facility can take part.

A wheelchair accessible bus is used to transport residents all around Melbourne.

“Living here, it’s so diverse so there are so many things that we can do,” says Deborah.

“We recently went on a cruise of the Yarra, we’re planning a trip to the Collingwood Children’s farm and we’ve also been to the Bentley RSL for a show and traditional luncheon.”

A favourite is to go for fish and chips and a walk alongside the beach when the weather is fine at Port Melbourne or perhaps going to the cafes and the cinemas.”

Each McKenzie facility takes advantage of its surrounds with various trips on offer. For more information about the outings taking place at the facility closest to you, speak to the lifestyle coordinator.