Aged Care Adventures » The Motley Crew
February 28, 2020
Written by Rachel Bailey
In February, several clients from the Arcare Malvern East community ventured out on a bus trip to visit Pentridge Prison in Coburg, Victoria.
Established in 1851, Pentridge Prison was considered to be a maximum security facility, which housed some of Australia’s most notorious outlaws, gang leaders, killers and gangsters.
Pentridge Prison is also the formal resting place of outlaw, Ned Kelly and officially closed in 1997.
Now, the Prison offers guided tours of the grounds to the public. Some paranormalists even offer ghost experiences on the grounds at night, as many believe the prison is haunted.
However the clients from the Malvern East community were only interested in the guided tour of the grounds, not the ghostly experience. The group chose to visit Pentridge prison,as many of the client were fascinated by the prison’s rich history, and they were keen to learn more.
Lifestyle coordinator, Tina joked that this regular group of clients should be called, ‘The Motley Crew’, as they get up to all kinds of mischief when they are out and about. A few of the clients joked about locking each other up, as they walked through the prison.
At the end of the tour, one client joked that the staff at Pentridge Prison had “Let [them] out on good behaviour,” and that’s why they were allowed to go home.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.