17 Feb Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt
This week on placement Griffith University Occupational Therapy students and University of Sydney Physiotherapy students worked together in creating an interprofessional student led ‘Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt’ at Whiddon residential aged care facility in Casino.
Together the students collaborated with the Leisure and Wellbeing team at Whiddon Aged Care and their UCRH clinical educators, Sarah and Lewis, to co-design and execute this activity. Around 25 residents participated in the hunt, all with varying abilities and needs. Residents worked in pairs and were provided with a page of 5 clues, with the goal of mobilising around the garden to collect paper hearts that were hidden at various locations throughout the garden. At the end of the hunt all the residents received a prize of their choice – yummy food. Residents and students then enjoyed munching into some love heart cakes for morning tea.
This was not just a fun activity (there were lots of laughs and smiles), but rather one that was well thought out and planned with multiple health benefits including a focus on: mobility, balance, strength & endurance, fine motor control, cognitive stimulation, social engagement, communication and mental health and wellbeing.