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24 December 2019

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at Arcare

Throughout our Arcare aged care residences around Australia, the month of December brings about an endless flow of Christmas carols, brightly-coloured tinsel and Santa visits.

Christmas sure is a busy and exciting time of the year for all clients and team members.

Many of our residences spend the month of December involving the clients in a variety of festive activities, such as decorating Christmas trees, baking Christmas cookies, making cards, carolling and of course, you can’t go without a residence Christmas party.

Here are some of the highlights from Arcare’s 2019 Christmas celebrations:

 

Brighton

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Burnside

Arcare Burnside spent a wonderful Christmas lunch together with clients, family and friends.

Many sat around telling stories of how they used to spend Christmas when they had little ones and what they used to get up to in the school holidays.

As you looked around the room there were smiles, lots of laughter and Christmas cheer!

Everyone was having a wonderful time when an unexpected guest arrived, Santa!

There were lots of laughs and everyone wanted their photo taken with Santa, even the team members.

 

Caboolture

Christmas is an important time of the year at Arcare Caboolture.

From singing carols, having Christmas concerts and a visit from Santa’s elves, Christmas is in full swing at the residence.

Tonight, more than 20 clients were about to experience a special Carols by the Candlelight event.

When the live musician began singing the famous ‘Silent Night’, everyone waved their multi-coloured candles in the air in unison.

It was truly a beautiful sight to see as the colourful candles lit up the lounge room.

Attending the Christmas carols is big part of the holiday tradition and the clients were so happy to be part of Arcare Caboolture’s Carols by the Candlelight event.

And all throughout the residence, the sound of the guitar and everyone’s jolly voices could be heard.

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Carnegie

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some good ol’ carolling.

Here at Arcare Carnegie, the local choir group came by the residence to perform some carols for us.

The music brought peace and joy to many of the clients as they relived their memories of Christmas once again.

Arcare Aged Care Carnegie Holiday Season 2019 Choir

 

Caulfield

The Jewish community at Arcare Caulfield is ever growing.

This year, the Caulfield community celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas during the Holiday season.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, which lasts for eight days and commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is also referred to as the Jewish Festival of Lights.

During Hanukkah, traditions like lighting the menorah, playing the dreidel game, cooking, baking and eating delicious food such as brisket, gelt, latkes and kugel, take place.

For the entire month of December at Arcare Caulfield, the Menorah was placed on full display, adjacent to the Christmas tree.

Many clients were delighted to see that both holidays were being equally recognised and celebrated within the community.

“It’s great to see both traditions being recognised. Most people would normally only  focus on Christmas, however I’m so happy that the lifestyle team are hosting events and activities for everyone, from any and every faith and background. The Holiday season should be for everyone.” One client said.

 

Cheltenham

The Arcare Cheltenham community engaged in a range of festive activities during the month of December.

A large group of clients, volunteeers and team members travelled to visit Crown Casino, where they enjoyed taking photos at the ArtVo exhibit and relished watching Crown’s iconic Christmas Spectacular performance in the Atrium.

The clients were amazed and emotional when the Christmas Spectacular performance began. As the large displayed opened, the figures danced and the music played, the clients reflected and reminisced about their past Christmas experiences with family. The clients swayed and sand along to the music, as a Christmas story unfolded before their eyes.

On Thursday 19th December, clients, family members ,team members and friends came together to celebrate Arcare Cheltenham’s annual Christmas party and carols.

The fabulous, Natalie Jay performed some classic Christmas song for the community to enjoy. The familiar tunes before much comfort t those in the audience, with groups cuddling up to one another; appreciating each other. Some chose to dance along to the music, while other preferred to sing along in their seats.

After the performance had concluded, two Mrs Claus’ came around to each clients, granting them with some early Christmas presents from Arcare Cheltenham.

Craigieburn

On Wednesday 11th December, the Arcare Craigieburn community hosted their annual Christmas party. All of the clients, team members, friends and family members were invited to come together to celebrate the Holiday season.

The festivities began at 2pm with local singing group, Sister and Misters performing some classic Christmas tunes. The singing group, who have participated in the community’s Christmas festivities for the last three years, always receive a fabulous reception from the clients. The clients enjoyed singing and dancing along the music for much of the afternoon.

There was also a surprise visit from the big man himself… client, Ted, who was aptly dressed as Santa Clause.

Ted exclaimed, “Ho ho ho! Phew it’s hot in this suit!”, as he handed around homemade cookies from Make N Bake to each client. The clients had a lovely afternoon, enjoying one another’s company.

Client, Eileen said, “ I had a lovely time singing along”.

Eight Mile Plains

Christmas brings about a season of choir-singing and caroling for the clients at Arcare Eight Mile Plains.

Wearing Christmas hats and headbands, the clients had even taken the time to decorate their own choir shirts during a craft activity.

Even while singing, the unique personalities of all the clients shone through as they had a laugh and shared a joke.

You could just tell that they were truly enjoying themselves!

Families who were present thanked the lifestyle team, Ruth and Vanessa for this wonderful opportunity for their loved ones to be part of this choir.

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Epping

On Friday 13th December, the Arcare Epping community opened their doors to the wider community for their annual Christmas Market.

The every inch of the 5-star residence was decorated for the festive season; leaving no room for anyone to miss out on catching the Christmas spirit. Clients and visitors frequently complimented the residence’s large display in the foyer, with even a big red chair being placed out in anticipation of Santa’s arrival.

The event started at 5pm, with clients and their families being invited outside to enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ dinner.

Soon, large swarms of community members descended on the courtyard space, enjoying the free jumping castle, fairy floss, popcorn, face painting, live music, carnival rides and animal farm.

Clients also enjoyed the all of the attractions, however special interest was taken in the animal farm. Several clients enjoyed walking and sitting amongst the farm animals, patting, feeding and watching them go about their business. Big smiles could be seen and laughter could be heard as some of the more cheeky goats tried to steal food from the around bushes and even hitch a ride of a client’s walker.

However it wouldn’t have been a Christmas event without the man in the big red suit, making an appearance. While Santa didn’t ride in on reindeer and a sleigh, he did chose to hitch a ride on an old Ford Ute; what could be more Australian?

Over 150 people attended this year’s Christmas Market; absolutely smashing last year’s attendance.

The Arcare Epping community would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Glenhaven

Arcare Glenhaven celebrated their Christmas Party earlier in the month to ensure as many family members could join in.

The day was filled with lots of exciting activities such as a Christmas concert, team members vs clients and family trivia, family photos with Santa, Christmas themed photo booth for everyone to enjoy and lastly a special Christmas Lunch.

The day began around 10am and the foyer, corridors and piano room were filled with Christmas joy. It was wonderful to see so many families enjoy this special time of year together.

December is a busy month for the clients as they have multiple evening bus trips around the area to see the Christmas lights, visits from school children and many singing choirs and even the dogs who visit often were dressed up in Christmas outfits, which you can imagine was a sight to see.

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Helensvale

Here at Arcare Helensvale , Christmas celebrations are as important as our pre-dinner drinks.

Over fifty clients and family members joined in the Christmas celebrations wearing their colourful party hats, outfits and accessories.

From Christmas slices, rum balls, cheese platters, curry puffs, meat pies, sausage rolls, muffins, chicken kiev balls and spring rolls, we were all spoiled for choice!

‘The event was a success, people were having fun, laughing and chatting. You could just see the joy on their faces! That is what Christmas is all about.’ Lifestyle coordinator Kate said.

It is important to spend Christmas with family and the clients had the opportunity to do just that as their sons, daughters and grandchildren all came to celebrate.

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Helensvale St James

Clients from Arcare Helensvale St James were very keen to participate in this year’s Pop-up Christmas photo booth at the residence.

They had a variety of fun props to choose from, such as reindeer headbands, naughty and nice signs and an ‘All I want for Christmas’ sign.

‘I think I’m naughty, but I’ll put nice, just for my family,’ a client cheekily said.

As clients were queuing up to have their photos taken, there were loads of laughter as they had so much fun experimenting with the different props and trying out different poses.

Soon, the photos were printed and presented to the clients in a beautiful Christmas photocard.

Clients also got to enjoy a special pre-dinner drinks, complete with acoustic live music, delicious nibbles and drinks on a relaxing Christmas eve day.

 

Hillside

Hope Island

The team at Arcare Hope Island was busy getting ready for a night of music, fun and food at their Aussie Christmas in the courtyard.

There was the minty scent of eucalyptus leaves filling the air, the sight of koalas hiding in the bushes and kangaroos frolicking in the garden beds.

As guests started arriving, they were entertained by  a live singer performing some Christmas classics, a special performance from the Arcare Sanctuary Manors choir and a cheeky surprise from the Sanctuary Manors team.

Earlier in the day, residence pug, Miss Maisy also brought a little Christmas cheer to the residence with her furry friend Frankie.

Funds raised from the raffle prizes and native animal soft toys were also donated to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to help the koalas being treated for bushfire injuries.

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Kanwal

Christmas at Arcare Kanwal is not taken lightly, the Lifestyle team go above and beyond to pull together a three-day extravaganza.

Each day is designated to a specific section of the facility to ensure that there is ample room for all clients and loved ones to join.

Over the three days everyone is treated to a five-star Christmas lunch with all the bells and whistles. This goes down a treat every time! The clients and their loved ones always give thanks to the Chef for another wonderful lunch.

Once everyone has finished eating, they all move off to have their pictures taken with Santa. So many of the team members get involved by dressing up in amazing Christmas outfits.

Keysborough

The Arcare Keysborough community like to go big at Christmas time. With a month’s worth of Christmas activities scheduled by the lifestyle team, excitement and the anticipation only escalated throughout the residence.

Over the course of the month, clients engaged in activities such as: gingerbread house making, Christmas tree decorating, carolling, Naughty & Nice cocktail making (and enjoying), Christmas themed high tea and much more.

However the highlight of the month, was undoubtedly their visit from Resurrection Catholic Primary School. Over 45 students piled into the foyer of Arcare Keysborough, to sing Christmas carols for the overflowing crowd. The children’s voices were beautiful and even brought some to tears, as they reminisced about their own families at Christmas time.

Knox

In December, the Wantirna South Primary School visited the Arcare Knox and The Lodge communities to sing the clients some festive Christmas carols.

The sweet sound of the children singing brought much joy into the community, with the faces of many clients lighting up at the sound.

Client, Carmen said, “I just loved seeing the children, especially when they come in and sing. They were so well behaved, and I loved that they gave us all a Christmas card! It was a truly wonderful morning.”

Maidstone

Arcare Maidstone had a wonderful Christmas lunch spent with family and friends.

Chef cooked up a mouth-watering Christmas feast with all the trimmings. Once lunch was finished all clients and guests were treated to a choir singing Christmas carols.

Everyone was getting into the Christmas spirit singing along, it was a beautiful day.

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Maroochydore

On a Friday at Arcare Maroochydore, the clients were about to take part in an evening of Christmas carols.

There were over 40 people in the audience that night but the group was feeling pretty confident because they have been practicing for a while now.

As the evening of carols began, the melodic voices of the choir group and the instrumental piano could be heard throughout the residence.

And song after song, the audience moved to the music and gave many rounds of applause.

“I really enjoyed tonight, the singing was great,” client Merle commented.

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Nirvana

During December, Arcare Nirvana’s receptionist, Pauline treated clients to a festive cooking demonstration in the front dining room. Over 15 clients, watched as Pauline baked peppermint truffles and white Christmas, divulging her secret tips, tricks and ingredients as she went.

Residence manager, Mary enjoyed watching the demonstration, saying, “I have to cook Christmas lunch for over 40 people this year! I need all the help I can get!”

The group spent much of the afternoon reminiscing about past Christmases, their favourite festive meals and discussing the good ole, Women’s Weekly cookbook.

North Lakes

Tinsel, baubles, glitter and gifts – Arcare North Lakes’ Christmas Fair was a big hit!

There were handmade crochet items and handmade earrings created by some of the clients, with client Dorothy’s handmade unicorn gone in just a few minutes!

Alongside the handmade stalls, there was also a variety of gift and craft stalls from the local community. The stalls ranged from handmade rocky road and brownies, Christmas decorations, stockings, pillows, fragrance diffusers, jewellery to lotions and so much more!

There’s just something about Christmas that gets everyone in the mood of shopping!

Arcare North Lakes’ Christmas Fair was a wonderful event that brought the local community together while showcasing the talents of local artisans and businesses.

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North Shore

The halls of Arcare North Shore jingled and twinkled with the Christmas spirit.

To make the day even more special, family members attended and the foyer was packed!

The laughter, the popping of Christmas crackers and Christmas Carols echoed and added to the festivities and cheer.

Some danced, some clapped and some simply sang along to the wonderful voice talents of Trev and Tish.

 

Oatlands

Arcare Oatlands organised a wonderful carnival like Christmas Party for the clients with a petting zoo, face painter, balloon maker with special guests.

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members started arriving from 12:30pm, they collected their loved ones and made their way down into the courtyard waiting for the fun to begin. As 1pm hit (start time) the courtyard was in full swing, the face painter was ready, the balloon maker was entertaining the children and all the baby animals had arrived.

Two local pre-schools came to visit and sang Christmas songs for everyone, the Arcare Oatlands client choir performed and the Lifestyle team presented gifts to the wonderful volunteers. Everyone was having a wonderful time.

Chef not only arranged a BBQ for everyone but also made sushi which went down a treat!

 

Parkinson

Arcare Parkinson got into the Christmas spirit a little early this year with many clients and team members decorating their Communication Hubs weeks before Christmas.

People of all ages also came to celebrate Arcare Parkinson’s third birthday at their Christmas Carols party.

When the live music started, many got on their feet and danced around the foyer with their close friends and family.

As residence manager Sandra, client Stella Chris and lifestyle coordinator Jodie prepared to cut the cake, everyone burst out in song to sing a joyous ‘Happy Birthday’.

‘It’s been a wonderful three years at Arcare Parkinson and we cannot wait for many more celebrations together,’ Jodie said.

When it came to the competitions, client Delores was so thrilled when she found out she had won ‘Best Decorated Door’.

While the Bellbird community won the category for ‘Best Decorated Communication Hub’.

Together, clients and team members had worked hard to decorate it according to the Grinch Theme.

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Parkview

Over 150 clients, family members, friends and volunteers attended Arcare Parkview’s Christmas party this year.

The upstairs lounge area was overflowing, as team members passed around the 5-star canapes and desserts. Clients and family members could be overheard complimenting the fabulous event and the food, as they mingled amongst themselves.

A Christmas duo, performed upbeat renditions of classic songs throughout the event, making it a surely memorable afternoon for all.

Parkwood

Arcare Parkwood celebrated their first-ever Christmas together with a party for families and friends.

As the live entertainers began singing some Christmas songs, people began dancing, singing and clapping along to the joyful music.

There was even a surprise visit from Santa himself!

He made his grand entrance while everyone was chatting by ringing his bell and belting out his hearty ‘ho ho ho’ laugh.

Everyone had a great time at Arcare Parkwood’s first Christmas party.

The mood was great and the people were even better; we could not have asked for a better group of people to celebrate our first Christmas with.

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Peregian Springs

Clients, families and friends all enjoyed the Christmas Party at Arcare Peregian Springs, with many loved ones joining us in the celebrations.

Santa Clause also came along, ringing his Christmas bell with his helper, the Gingerbread man.

And after months of practice, the residence choir group was ready for an evening of singing at their annual carols.

As the live musicians began to strum on the guitar and sing a few notes, the clients joined in with their harmonious voices resonating throughout the courtyard.

It was truly a very special moment as celebrating Christmas with family and friends gave the clients a sense of continuity and fulfilment.

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Sanctuary Manors

The clients at Arcare Sanctuary Manors enjoyed a Christmas concert with a twist as they performed a special rendition of ‘My Favourite Things – the Seniors Version’.

Some even had props such as an onion, a chilli and a tin of spice to go with the appropriate lyrics.

Following the concert, some of the team members surprised everyone by dressing up in nightgowns, wigs and a bald cap to put on a little show.

Everyone was laughing and cheering the ladies and gentleman on as they jiggled, wiggled and shimmied their way to the lounge room dance floor.

The music was so infectious that some of the clients could not help but get out of their chairs and boogie along with the others.

It was a wonderful time as the clients and team members had big smiles on their faces as they were all having such fun.

Music: http://www.bensound.com

Slacks Creek

Arcare Slacks Creek celebrated Christmas with their annual traditional Christmas roast lunch.

Family members of the clients were invited to join in the celebrations and everyone had a wonderful time!

The lunch consisted of roast turkey, pork and ham, roast pumpkin and potato, buttered peas and carrots, apple and cranberry sauce and gravy.

For dessert, there was a delicious plum pudding with brandy custard and vanilla ice cream.

Everyone enjoyed the food so much that they all wanted seconds and thirds!

It truly felt like a Christmas family dinner as the clients were surrounded by their loved ones.

After their delicious lunch, the residence choir group warmed up their vocal cords and sang a number of Christmas carols for everybody.

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Springwood

For their first-ever Christmas Nibbles Night, the residence choir group took centre stage in the Community Room.

They put on their best Santa hats and their matching ‘Arcare Springwood’ choir tees and were ready to perform after many months of practice.

And with plenty of drinks and delicious nibbles, the crowd was buzzing with excitement to listen to our choir!

Besides music and singing, there was a four lucky door prizes to be won and an art exhibition featuring artworks by a client at Arcare Springwood.

Displayed for all to see in the private dining room, Bill’s wonderful artworks feature Australiana landscapes and scenic forests.

Thank you to everyone for coming to our first Christmas event, it was great to be surrounded by so many lovely families and friends.

Here’s to many more Christmas celebrations together at Arcare Springwood!

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Surrey Hills

On Thursday 5th December, the Arcare Surrey Hills community invited clients, family members, friends and volunteers to come together to celebrate the festive season at their annual Christmas party.

This year, Christmas was celebrated a little differently, with clients and team members preparing and performing a pantomime performance of Pinocchio, with a fun Christmas twist.

Two clients, two carers and lifestyle coordinator, Monique had been rehearing the performance for weeks leading up to the party. With their costumes being generously donated from the ABC, especially for their performance, the group were nervous, as they felt that they had to deliver the performance of their lives.

The cast surely did not disappoint, as the audience were smiling and left belly laughing at the odd twists and turns, comedic moments and all around wonder and joy of the show.

After the performance, client, Jose emerged dressed as Santa Clause, alongside his furry friend and little elf helper, dog, Kobe. Jose passed around candy canes to everyone in the audience, before a 5-star canape afternoon tea was served.

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Taigum

The ladies from PINK Inc had put together a Christmas Party Mix for Arcare Taigum, featuring songs from the seasons and from the year.

‘They’re very good, aren’t they?’ client Beris Evans commented.

And when asked which song was her favourite, she said, ‘I like them all, they’re all my favourite’.

The concert was a great way to start the morning as clients’ mood were lifted as they were clapping and singing along to the golden oldies.

Not before long, there was a surprise visit from Santa Claus as he came riding on one of his reindeer.

But Santa only had one thing on his mind and that was to go around the room, giving little sweet treats to everyone, along with his Christmas helper.

Priezs were also given to clients and team members who had the best Christmas decorations.

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Warriewood

Arcare Warriewood celebrated their first Christmas together up on the rooftop terrace. It was a beautiful day, free of smoke and not too hot either.

All the clients and their families made their way up to the rooftop around 12pm for a traditional hot Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. On arrival everyone was welcomed with a drink and then seated to listen to some Christmas music as the food was being prepared.

As the group sat down for lunch, they were visited by a very special guest, Santa!

Everyone had a lovely time, there were lots of smiles, laughter and cheer.

 

During this Christmas season, it is wonderful to see everyone getting involved in decorations, festive events and exciting activities.

At our Arcare residences throughout Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, it is all about bringing a little Christmas cheer to everyone.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

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