Coles hampers brighten Christmas for aged care residents in lockdown

HammondCare residents in isolation in the lead up to Christmas have received a wonderful surprise of hampers loaded with festive goodies.

HammondCare residents in isolation in the lead up to Christmas have received a wonderful surprise of hampers loaded with festive goodies.

hammondcare staff standing with coles hampersResidents, many living with dementia, in several cottages at Scone and Hammondville in NSW and Caulfield in Victoria received hampers supplied by Coles that include boxes of chocolates, puddings, tins of shortbread biscuits, mince tarts, tea bags, magazines and even Christmas decorations.

Depending on the location, a bouquet of flowers was also included for additional cheer.

HammondCare Chief Executive Mike Baird thanked Coles for the hamper delivery which he said will brighten Christmas for residents who have been isolated from family and friends.

“These hampers will bring Christmas joy to the residents in lockdown circumstances,” Mr Baird said.

“On behalf of HammondCare, I would like to say thank you to Coles and their local staff for so generously putting these hampers together.”

The residents have been close or casual contacts of several HammondCare who staff testing positive to COVID-19 in the past few weeks and are in lockdown in compliance with public health orders. No residents have tested positive during subsequent swabs.

Residents in cottages at Caulfield and Scone that have been affected by lockdown were given the all clear yesterday, opening the way for some welcome Christmas visits by family and friends.

Coles Group Chief Executive of Emerging Business George Saoud said his teams at Coles supermarkets in Scone, Wattle Grove and Caulfield Victoria were absolutely delighted to bring some extra Christmas joy to the residents at HammondCare.

“Store managers Chris, Eddie and Lloyd and their teams busily helped packed dozens of hampers filled with festive treats and fresh flowers to be enjoyed during celebrations this weekend,” Mr Saoud said.

“Coles prides itself on helping the community and being better together with its partners like HammondCare.”

hammondcare with christmas hampers

In November, Coles Group and HammondCare announced a strategic partnership to provide accessible shopping experiences in dementia villages.

Coles will design and develop dementia friendly Village Stores, in consultation with HammondCare to keep the experience of shopping real for people with dementia living in aged care.

 

 These stores will become a feature of HammondCare’s dementia-specific villages in NSW, Victoria and soon South Australia that are internationally recognised for the cottage model of small-scale household.