A karaoke Christmas

December 13, 2017

Corowa Lions Club President Les Johnson with the happy staff and residents including (back row) Facility Manager Tara O’Sullivan, Nurse Unit Manager of Aged Care Min Hamdorf, resident Joanne Edginton and (front) residents Anne Hicks and Alan Cavanagh.

Christmas has come early for Aged Care residents at Corowa Hospital and they must have been very good this year because they received everything on their wish list.

A karaoke machine was at the top of the list and residents can’t wait to try it out with some Christmas carols.
The Aged Care unit used the money to purchase the karaoke machine, six CD players, extra speakers and microphones, six touch lamps and two slings for the patient lifters thanks to a donation from the Corowa Lions Club of more than $1400.
In the past residents had been using an old tape deck to listen to music.
“This is going to great for our music therapy with the residents,” Nurse Unit Manager of Aged Care Min Hamdorf said.
“The residents love listening to music and it really helps with their recovery when they are bed bound and unwell.”
The residents are also looking forward to testing out the karaoke machine.
“We will be able to have karaoke sessions and it will brighten up their day,” Min said.
“We can’t thank the Lions Club and the community enough.”
Activities Co-ordinator Helen Reeves said the first karaoke night was already being planned.
“We are going to have great fun – the residents love it when we try and sing,” she said.
The touch lamps also purchased with the donated funds will provide comfort to residents who fear the dark, while the two slings to help lift residents means staff have more slings on rotation.
Lions Club President Les Johnson said the club was happy to come on board to help spread some festive cheer.
“It’s just another thing we found in the community that was needed,” he said.
“The fundraising all comes from the community and goes back into helping people in the community.”

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