Residents turn dough into personal connections
Residents at Bupa Templestowe were recently joined by local chef Antonio Freno from Antonio’s Pizza e Cucina, to experience pizza making from scratch.
The residents got to experience how to make a delicious range of pizzas. They enjoyed watching the chef show his talent for dough throwing and trying various topping combinations.
In addition to our regular changing seasonal menus in the care home, residents get involved in special occasions and experiences. All our care homes aim for at least one themed day a month. No matter your ability or stage of life, the team at Bupa Templestowe do their best to involve and engage residents. Family members are also welcomed to attend these events.
Preparing pizza is a great way for residents, relatives, and team members to mingle with each other and have fun learning new skills. Research shows that these sensory experiences can help to bring back memories and help with cognitive ability.
Linda, a volunteer who ran the class shared “pizza is always to be shared with family and friends and the residents and staff at Bupa Templestowe are like my family”.
With local participation in the community, we can connect people who want to make a positive impact on other people. These visitors allow everyone to spend personal time together bonding and establishing new relationships which can last a lifetime. It’s also a great way to give back to the local community.
You can get a glimpse of what the pizza experience was like with a short video on the pizza making class below.