Staff make colourful outfits for retirement village residents to wear for racing day.
It might not be the race that stops the nation, but the spirit of spring racing was alive at Shepparton Villages for yesterday's Oaks Day.
The staff spent a week creating special outfits and celebrations for the residents of Acacia House to help them be a part of the festivities.
Lifestyle and diversional therapist Margaret Tenace put her sewing skills to the test and helped make more than 30 dresses for the occasion.
"We've made these little aprons to look like fronts of dresses for the ladies and fascinators to match, so they feel a part of the (spring racing season)," Ms Tenace said.
"We added frills to the skirts because in their time that was the fashion. We've tried to keep it in line with their style of dress."
She said limited mobility made it difficult for residents to get dressed up, but the "dress aprons" worked well. The men looked dashing in vests, bow ties and hats crafted with the help of nurse Lorraine Toohey.
"As soon as we said it was Oaks Day, they knew why they were getting dressed up," she said.
Resident Leah Ford, 85, wore a light blue headpiece for the occasion. "It's fun to be a part of the day," she said.
Michael Villani, 92, looked strapping in a black-and-red striped vest. "I really enjoy it, we look like a family altogether here," he said.
Mr Villani said number six was always his lucky pick for the races, although he had not put on any bets.
His daughter Annette Cortese was visiting for the day and said she was impressed with the staffs efforts.
"It's wonderful to see everyone dressed up," she said.
By Rhiannon Gavalakis
As published in the Shepparton News, Friday November 8, 2013