The increasing number of male residents who now call Mercy Place Edgewater home has prompted the establishment of a new men’s group, which is already proving popular.
Local resident and volunteer Robert Cramp, whose mother was a resident at the residential aged care home for several years, started the group.
The male seniors at the home have been meeting regularly to have a chat, with a focus on boosting their emotional health and wellbeing and reducing the risk of loneliness and isolation.
“It all started when I began visiting my mum regularly and noticed that, while the female residents had lots of craft groups to get involved with, the male residents did not, and I thought that a men’s group was something that I could help to organise,” Mr Cramp said.
Mr Cramp, who worked for the City of Wanneroo for more than 34 years, said the men now meet every second Friday and talk about a range of topics whilst enjoying drinks and nibbles.
“I enjoy it immensely, volunteering makes me feel like I am giving something back and it’s an enjoyable thing to do during my retirement. I’m 69 years old so it’s actually nice to be the youngest member of the group for a change,” he added.
Mercy Place Edgewater Service Manager Alison Devonport said the group was a simple concept, but the residents had embraced it.
“Men typically keep things close to their chest, but it’s important for them to have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences, have a chat, make some new friends and reflect on their past, within a safe and social environment,” she added.
Mercy Health is a Catholic not-for-profit provider of care, founded by the Sisters of Mercy and grounded in a 2000-year tradition of caring for those in need.