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Solange 19th Aug 2010 Diversional Therapist
Hi Maryan, yes there are strict rules for food handling in aged care and without the blessing and support from management it won't happen.The way the manager of my facility sees it is that the recreation room cooking session is not only a 'home-like' activity which brings floods of memories to those present but it also provides sensory stimulation; promote a sense of sharing and belonging and involves participants in skills they know (for females). I make 5 litres of soup in the recreation room every Monday (winter months only) and the appreciation I get from residents is so heart warming. Yes the participants do peel potatoes and chop onions, with tight gloves on and hygiene is a top priority.

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