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Anchors Aweigh! BaptistCare Niola brings cruise ship vibes to Parkes

It was an affair to remember when staff and residents brought the feel of life on a cruise ship to Niola.

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26 April 2024

News | Aged Care Homes

It was all sparked by the residents, who asked if they could have a dinner themed like they were on a cruise.

So inspired were the staff that they went one step further, with a day and evening themed around the ultimate cruise ship, the Titanic.

John & Betty Laws
Niola residents John and Betty cruise through to the evening meal

Residents donned their finest clothes as they posed for photos on the bow of the ship and in front of a green screen, instantly transporting them and their families away from Parkes and onto a cruise.

John Laws, a Niola resident, said all the work that went into creating this day was well worth it when you saw the excitement of residents and the staff.

“It was noted that everyone was getting excited weeks before the actual event,” he said.

“When it then played out in the dining room, it was a lot of fun and a successful evening.”

David and Pam
Resident Pam and her son David take advantage of the green screen

Titanic, the movie, was shown in the afternoon and the evening meal was inspired by an actual menu from the Titanic, featuring the likes of Crème D’Asperges and Petits Mocka.

Residents' families were also invited to enjoy the day and treated to the evening meal.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” said Daphney Hutchings, who was visiting her Mum.

“We loved the meal, the entry doors to the dining room and seeing how much Mum enjoyed it.”

Niola resident Jean
Jean, a Niola resident, looking amazing in front of the cruise ship day green screen

BaptistCare Niola residents were buzzing after the day, saying it was one to remember and thanking staff for creating such special memories.

Niola resident John said it was great to see everyone getting so into the event.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the fancy dress up for the occasion,” he said.

BaptistCare Niola staff
BaptistCare Niola staff in their costumes for the day

The home was transformed with costumes and props which were kindly contributed by local Parkes businesses, CanAssist, Vinnies, Georgie's Boutique, Salvation Army, Maree’s Costume Hire and Signs You See.

Chests and vintage luggage were on display, the piano covered in photos of the residents and a replica of the bow of the Titanic expertly built by Glenn O’Malley.