Award-winning aged care provider, Whiddon, was proud to host a virtual Christmas choir event for Laurieton residents, employees and their families and friends, to celebrate the festive season.
The virtual choir, Sing Together, was facilitated by theatre maker and practitioner, Rosie Grace, and provided important opportunities for engagement, connection and enjoyment.
Whiddon has created the virtual choir program to adapt to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought. Participants join in choir antics and fun with Rosie via Zoom, and sing carols together sharing Christmas cheer in what has been a difficult year.
Whiddon's executive general manager strategy and innovation, Karn Nelson, said singing together in particular raises our endorphin levels and improves mood with lots of opportunity for meaningful social interaction.
"This program offers plenty of fun for participants. There is something special about singing together and it is the first time that we have done this virtually. Rosie will lead the sessions and connect residents from around our homes to enjoy getting to know each other and sharing fun before they join together in song," Mr Nelson said.
"We have worked with Rosie before on an intergenerational choir program that we used to run at a number of our care homes. We are very excited to work with Rosie on this project and hope to continue the program into the new year.
"Importantly, this program helps to connect residents with others, not just in the community that they live in, but in other communities across New South Wales and Queensland.
"It has been a challenging year for residents and families with visitation restrictions due to COVID-19.
"We have worked hard to deliver programs and activities that help keep residents entertained, stimulated and connected during these times. We think this one will offer plenty of fun and festive cheer and are thrilled to see it come to life."
Three sessions of Sing Together were held between December 8-10, connecting residents across a number of Whiddon care homes to sing their favourite Christmas carols and songs.