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Freedom Aged Care residents checking off one of the scavenger hunt tasks. Image: Freedom Aged Care.

Residents’ competitive side comes out during scavenger hunt

Melburnians might have seen a group of aged-care residents skittering around the city’s suburbs and performing seemingly random tasks last month.

FreedomAgedCare4 (00000002)Residents from Freedom Aged Care’s Hawthorn, Glen Waverley, Burwood, Cheltenham and Sandringham sites stopped strangers to ask for a hug, hunted down a nearby park to play in and poured a beer, as part of a scavenger hunt.

The teams boarded their village buses and toured different locations around eastern Melbourne. Each was racing to tick off items from a list of tasks. The scavengers then regrouped to have lunch and hear which site came out on top.

Freedom Aged Care’s regional manager of Victoria Metro, Lisa Reynoldson, who joined one of the group’s on the day, said residents enjoyed being able to go at their own pace and meet people from other communities.

Aged Care Insite sat down with Reynoldson to find out what challenges the team faced on the day and what providers should keep in mind if they wish to hold their own scavenger hunt.

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