Love and Friendship

March 1, 2023

Love was definitely in the air this Valentine's Day at Mayflower aged care homes. From sweet gifts to engaging performances and delicious food, there was something for everyone to enjoy and feel loved.

At Mayflower Edith Bendall, residents were treated to champagne and strawberries, as well as personalized gifts made by the craft group. A "Sweethearts Tree" adorned with photos of happy couples, spread joy and love throughout the home.

Pictured above: John with CEO Stuart Rodney, who can often be found 'on the floor' with our residents and team. His unique management style involves meaningful connections, providing encouragement, and ensuring everyone feels heard.

Mayflower Reservoir enjoyed a two-day love affair, featuring a lively puppet show with Elvis and other characters, followed by one-on-one therapy-puppet sessions for people living with dementia. On Valentine's Day, residents were gifted beautiful long-stemmed roses by the Mayflower team, bringing smiles and gratitude to everyone.

"It was so lovely to see their smiling faces," says lifestyle coordinator Helen at Mayflower Reservoir,

"Everyone was delighted and grateful to receive their surprise!"

At Mayflower Brighton, a band performed love songs while residents enjoyed a delicious high tea made by our in-house chefs. Retirement living residents also celebrated their love at Perla café with a romantic lunch together.

Across our homes, Valentine's Day decorations created a festive atmosphere, and residents were made to feel supported and included in the celebration of love.

At Mayflower, we believe in embracing all forms of love, whether it's romantic, friendly, familial, or the love of passions and companions - even pets!

Pictured above: At Mayflower Edith Bendall, the love and companionship of pets were especially honoured. Here is Geoff with a photo of his beloved Ollie.

Pictured above: The band performs and residents can't get enough of the special experience.

Pictured above: The 'sweethearts tree' at Mayflower Edith Bendall

Pictured above: Maggie with her gorgeous pink bloom and beautiful smile.