Aged Care Adventures » Adventures at Mordialloc Pier
March 16, 2020
Written by Rachel Bailey
It was another beautiful, sunny Monday morning in February, and clients from the Arcare Cheltenham community were excited to go out on another beach day outing.
The clients piled onto the Arcare bus with their jackets and sunnies in hand, before questioning the day’s mystery destination.
The group, who had previously visited a number of beaches along the Bayside area, were excited to hear that they were heading to Mordialloc Pier and Beach for the day, as had never visited that beach before.
While driving to the beach, client, Derek mentioned that it had been 15 years since his last visit to the Mordialloc Pier, and that he couldn’t wait to see what changes had occurred over time.
After arriving, the group walked up and down the pier and the beach for about 30 minutes, before stopping on the Pier to watch the fisherman work.
One fisherman exclaimed, ” I caught a garfish!”, which prompted several clients to go over and inspect the catch.
Client, Helen replied, “How wonderful?”, as she inspected the fish further and asked the fisherman a few follow up questions.
There were more than 10 locals fishing off the Mordialloc Pier, and the clients had a wonderful time, just sitting back, enjoying the fresh air and watching them all line up their rods and cast them out.
A few of the men enjoyed sharing their personal fishing tricks and stories with the other fisherman along the pier; all of which was generally well recieved.
Volunteer, Kyong has been visiting the Arcare Cheltenham community for just over 7 years now, and she also accompanied the group on their beach outing.
“It makes me so happy to see the clients enjoying themselves and getting out and about. I feel so grateful to be able to be a part of these clients lives, and help enable them all to do the things that they want to do.” Kyong said.
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.