When Doug first arrived at Arcare Parkinson, guitar in hand, the community knew they had a real star in their midst.
On one particular afternoon, he received a warm welcome when he walked out into the courtyard and a large audience had gathered. Some clients even opened up their doors overlooking the courtyard to join in on the special performance.
While some dread the thought of Mondays, the Parkinson Community look forward to meeting with their new friends from the local child care centre.
Whether it be walking through the gardens, sharing morning tea together, or playing games and reading books, the community have established close friendships with the children.
Doug will often get out his guitar and play the kids’ favourite nursery rhymes.
Educator Laura said, ‘The children are very excited come Monday morning. They love hearing when we’re coming to Arcare for a visit, and the smile that we receive from the residents’ faces when we walk through the door is priceless.’
‘It’s a great opportunity for the residents to interact with children and a great way for our children to interact with the residents. Some of them aren’t fortunate enough to have grandparents close-by so this is a nice bridging gap for them.’
Have a look at this video to check out what their weekly visits are like.