The second Tuesday of November saw Arcare Taigum celebrating the annual Melbourne Cup.
The day began with the drawing of the sweeps.
Clients and team members were eager to find out which horse they were backing for the race.
The lifestyle team wrote out post–it notes with the horses on them for the clients to keep for the race.
At 10.30am, clients gathered for a game of Melbourne Cup Bingo.
The bingo cards depicted the names, years and jockey colours of previous winners.
If someone got bingo, they had to yell the name of their favourite horse.
Provided by the kitchen team, clients got to enjoy a special lunch of prawn cocktails, fried chicken and salad with an accompanying wine, beer or lemonade.
After lunch, there were also delicious servings of ‘berrylicious’ pavlova for dessert.
“The lunch was very delicious! Can this be a regular meal on the menu?” Margaret asked.
Clients and families were then invited to the theatre to watch the race.
However, some clients opted to watch the race in privacy of their own rooms.
Those that came to the theatre enjoyed canapes and drinks.
Then it was time for the Melbourne Cup!
After the race, the winners of the sweeps received their winnings.
“What an exciting race! I really enjoyed myself,” Shirley said.