Life at Barunga Village in Port Broughton, at least for two of the residents, 89-year-old Ruth Hayes and 96-year-old Vida Lodge won’t quite be the same.
They recently had the thrill of their lives when Barunga Village house leader, Darren Robinson, took them for a ride around Port Broughton on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
The two ladies had the times of their lives and Darren says you could not get the smiles off their faces, they had such a wonderful time.
The ride came about when Ruth was telling Darren how when she was younger she would ride on the back of her friends beach racer when they went to Sellick’s Beach in Adelaide.
They used to race along the beach at great speed, Ruth says she can not believe they used to do it but she did many times.
Darren asked if she would like to go for a ride around town on the back of a Harley and she responded with a resounding ‘yes’.
Vida, who is the next door neighbour to Ruth was not going to miss out either so on Wednesday, March 7 with the ladies in full motorcycle attire, they went out on the Harley Davidson.
Aged care homes can often be a place of loneliness and boredom but that is not the case at Barunga Village.
Up until recently, Darren was the diversional therapist at the home, responsible for providing activities for the many residents who live there.
Darren is now the House leader but he still gets to do a lot of the activities with the residents. After being the diversional therapist for eight years, he and the other staff are well aware of how important it is to provide the residents with the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.
“Sometimes it can be only the smallest of things or the unexpected surprise for the residents that make all the difference,” Darren said.
Darren says he loves having the chance along with his work colleagues to make all the difference, for the lives of the Barunga Homes residents.