Seven Hills day respite – By Sunila


Blog on activities at the Seven Hills day respite by our coordinator Ms. Sunila Dass



On this particular Friday 26th September, our very reliable and responsible Co-ordinator, Medhi Hamidpour was asked to work in the city, the famous and popular setup ‘Martin Place’.

It was for the first time to be in Seven Hills Day Respite. This shift was very challenging since the seniors were in double the number as in Chester Hill. I was pretty familiar with some of the faces, but that does not change the consequences.

As I walked in the hall, I noticed the seniors doing step balancing, and were well being monitored. I was asked to assist them one at a time, until completed.

‘Stepping On Programme’

“The program offers elderly people, a way of reducing falls and at the same time increasing self confidence in situation where they are at the risk of falling. “

Once the completion of the session, the Stepping On Programme team was acknowledged and were presented little tokens just after the morning tea.

Most of the female seniors were busy knitting using different pastel wool for each motif ; and the end results will be number of warm blankets. I was told the blankets were for some Aged Care facilities.

I led the Game of Full House Bingo and to make the winners happy we treated them with healthy snacks.

Delicious and freshly prepared lunch from Indo Lankan was delivered and the meals were served at 1pm.

For a change am glad to work with a group of seniors, coming from Northern part of India to Southern part of India, but sharing the same ideology.

The time went so fast and all of us left the respite centre at 2pm.

Sunila Dass

Visit to Nursing Home – by Sunila Dass


Post by Sri Om Coordinator, Ms. Sunila Dass, on her experience with her recent nursing home visit with the Sri Om crew.



Two weeks before we were told that during the school holiday, Chester Hill Community Hall was not available for 25th September so we organised a visit to an Aged Care, where one of our seniors is having a therapeutic treatment.

The bus arrived at 10am and we headed to Glen Lynn Nursing Home in Auburn. Some of our clients were already emotional and some were very eager to meet their friend. Once we reached her bedside, the patient acknowledged and thanked everyone. She looked more relaxed to see her loved ones; shared some of her poetry that was written while being there. Believe me she made everybody into fits of laughter. Refreshment area was a flash back of an activity in Chester Hill. Songs and some jokes as usual were added. There was a photo session with her and the quality time we spent with Mrs.Sneh Dewan was one hour. We left the Aged Care Facility at 12 noon to Sikh Temple for a prayer where we had lunch and left for the depot- Chester Hill at 3pm.

Sunila dass



Trip To Floriade – By Sunila Dass


Blog post by our Day centre coordinator Ms. Sunila Das on the recent trip to Canberra with 100 Seniors




Monday 22nd September, the gr8 journey for Sriom Day Respite seniors headed for the famous Tulip Garden’s spring festival in Floriade Canberra.

Chester Hill, Seven Hills, Tonggabbie and Auburn group combined in three separate buses with some volunteers.

The first stop-over for half-an-hour was at Goulburn for morning tea and fresh up. I realised the seniors were more relaxed and energised after the refreshments, so we headed for Floriade.

The 10 acre garden of magnificent tulips and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display in this area. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the waterfall.

Due to the heat not many of our seniors could move around freely, but it never stopped them posing for photos. From time to time we got into shades where some classical musical concerts were on. There were painting corners, work-shops for topiary- design and garden Gnomes. Being the school holiday there were lot more attractions for children so I believe there were extra movements around. After spending two hours, all three buses were there to pick us up for lunch to a nearby park called Weston Park.

It was very kind of Shweta and the team to engage in this project for organising very appetizing and balanced meal for 180 seniors. After photo session, at 3.30pm we said good bye to each other and left in 3 different buses. There was a stop-over for basic stretching for 30 seconds to relax the muscles.

Finally we reached the destination (Whitlam Leisure Centre) at 7.30pm where our major maxi-taxi was waiting. For some, we waited until other taxis arrived. It was a spectacular and memorable trip to Floriade.


Sunila Dass


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