Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and culinary delights are certainly something that seniors at Braemar Presbyterian Care are experiencing, thanks to the launch of the regular cooking club at Braemar House.

A popular part of the activities calendar at the not-for-profit aged care home, and one which is particularly targeted at residents with dementia, the club sees seniors even prepare and bake everything and anything from Anzac biscuits, bread cookies pizza and even rum balls!

Bernadette Samura, Facility Manager at Braemar House, says the residents have relished spending time with the therapy team, participating in cooking activities rolling their sleeves up to make and bake an assortment of treats that both stimulate the senses as well a conversation.

“In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s often the place for families to gather, plus we think it’s very important for our residents to take part in activities that they love and have done throughout their lives, it’s certainly a great way for them to reminisce,” she says.

“It’s also wonderful to see their senses of smell and taste simulated, and of course our cooking club is a great social activity to enjoy with other residents. Plus the icing on the cake is that they are able to enjoy eating the end result.

“Our staff have also really embraced the initiative and we’ve found it to be a really wonderful way of building our friendly little community here at Braemar.”

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar’s Care philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.