THE RESIDENTS OF Wahroonga Aged Care have something new to look forward to each week - the opening of their very own old-school Ice Cream Shoppe.
The cafe opened earlier in the month and at this stage is only open once a week.
Divisional Therapist Assistant, Amanda Trewin, said the cafe could not open without the assistance of volunteers.
"We are really hoping to get some more volunteers to help open it more,” she said.
"At this stage we can only do one hour a week with our staffing.”
Wahroonga Manager Lorna Perrett said they hope to open the cafe of a weekend.
"For families, when we do get those bulk visitors, so they don't have to sit inside their rooms, they can come out here,” she said.
The project has been in the works since the beginning of the year and Lorna said it was the work of the staff.
"All the fundraising and equipment was done by staff,” she said.
The area where the cafe lies now was once a canteen 10-15 years ago and has been used as storage in the meantime.
"All the interior and floor had to be revamped and painted and it was all done by a volunteer, he spent hours in here,” Lorna said.
Selling ice creams, coffees, teas, sundaes and milkshakes, there is also some homemade goods cooked by the residents for sale as well.
"We have a bake-off in the mroning with the residents so it creates an activity in the morning more and makes everything smell nice and fresh,” Amanda said.
Lorna said the new cafe will provide a number of benefits for residents.
"As the aged care industry is moving ofrward, we are are promoting a wellness program, not a clinical,” she said.
"There are so many positives, it promotes wellness, socialisation, a bit of fresh air.”
Resident Mavis Schultz said she thought it was a great idea and she hopes they can open more often.
"It is something they have been trying to get off the ground now for a while,” Mrs Schultz said.
"Instead of just going to the tea room, we could just come here.”
Mrs Schultz was enjoying a macadamia ice cream and said it was very, very nice.
"I like almost anything except chocolate, macadamia is good and so is mango,” she said.
"And anything with nuts on top and sprinkles.”
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