Residents of Oake Meadows Care Home in Taunton, Somerset, have been learning about life ‘Down Under’ during a week of Australia Day celebrations. 

As well as learning about the history, residents have also sampled some of the culture and music native to the country.

The week of Australia Day activities began with two epic movie screenings in the home’s ‘Meadows Movies’ cinema room. Residents watched three of the country’s most famous actors in action. First, they were captivated by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman’s romantic performance in ‘Australia,’ while later they were on the edge of their seats watching Russell Crowe in the action-packed ‘Master and Commander.”

The following day, the Oake Meadow’s residents enjoyed testing their knowledge of ‘Auz’ with a themed quiz and word search. After working up an appetite tackling trivia, we decorated biscuits with the colours of the Australian flag. These did not hang around for long!

A Lesson in Aboriginal Art

Arts and crafts are very popular activities at Oake Meadows, and this week they took inspiration from the colourful designs of Aboriginal art. The activities team spent time researching the patterns, colours, symbols, and their meanings to ensure that the session was both fun and educational.

For many, the highlight of the Australia Day themed activities came on the final day when we made and tested our very own Didgeridoo. Finished in the same bright colours and patterns we had learned about earlier in the week, the Didgeridoo brought the celebrations to a cheerful and tuneful end.

At Oake Meadows Care Home, we strongly believe that you are never too old to learn something new. Our activities team work hard to create a varied programme that features favourite pastimes, as well as providing plenty of opportunities to find new things to enjoy.


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