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Dancing with the stars

At Blue Cross we pride ourselves on providing high quality holistic care that makes a real difference to the lives of our residents, clients and staff.  We also want to recognise the contributions that older Australians make to their families and communities and to encourage participation in community activities.  So on International Day of the Older Person each year Blue Cross celebrates with a special event to bring all our Blue Cross community together. 

The preparation for each event has become an integral part of our innovative Leisure and Lifestyle Program which encourages physical and social activity as well as providing loads of fun for our residents, care at home clients, and staff. 

Dancing With The Stars bought together 600 people last year including residents, home care clients, their families, their friends and Blue Cross staff.  With 12 months to get ready, preparations included holding afternoon tea dances to work on routines, making or sourcing costumes and table settings.  The end result was a huge success and we all enjoyed some dazzling performances from residents and staff and also some professional dancers who came along to show us how it is really done!

One resident wrote to us to express his appreciation that “the event did so much to boost the esteem and energy of the residents involved.” Another family member wrote to thank us for giving him the opportunity to enjoy a dance with his mum for the first time in many, many years.  Staff also relished the change to kick up their heels and share some fun time with residents, clients and friends. 

We are very proud of our yearly events and we want people to look forward to every day, have lots to do and most importantly, just have a bit of fun.  It all goes towards helping to change the way aged care is delivered.

The event was about dancing but our older Australians were the stars!