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At Afford, we continuously search for ways to encourage healthy lifestyles for our Day Program clients, Supported Employees and Group Home residents to give every individual the power to be in control of their own lives. That’s because we understand the importance of living a healthy life by moderating or choosing nutritious meals as well as regular exercise.

When we dropped into the Butterflies Group Home, we were very pleased to see residents; Lynette, Margaret, Scharni and Rachel incorporate healthy lifestyle planning into their weekly cooking sessions. The cooking programs at our group homes are focused on empowering clients to cook and plan for their meals independently.

Supported by a Lifestyle Assistant, they go shopping for groceries every Saturday morning and purchase items according to each person’s different cooking days. They pick the fruit, vegetables and other items from the shelf and add them to their trolley. They have also learnt how to use the scanners at Nepean Square Penrith Coles; giving them greater independence to shop on their own.

All ladies that live at Butterflies are involved in the day to day cooking program with minimal assistance and prepare their own healthy lunches for daily outings to their Day Program. In addition to using the groceries that they have bought, the ladies also pick herbs from their herb garden to use in cooking at dinner.

All Butterflies ladies prepare the menu around their diet needs and communicate their likes and dislikes at the resident meeting held monthly. By going through this meal preparation process each week, the ladies have developed the confidence to plan ahead, budget and cook meals they enjoy.

Well done Butterflies! We can’t wait to see what you dish up next!