November 20, 2020
Edited by Rachel Bailey
Sometimes the simple things can evoke simple joy.
Recently for a bit fun, Arcare Parkview residents were treated to McDonalds Happy Meals for lunch. Residents were given the choice to enjoy the McDonalds lunch or to enjoy the delicious onsite three-course lunch. For those who chose to treat themselves, they were able to select from McDonalds nuggets, burgers, shakes and fries, followed by an ice cream for dessert. The once-off fun treat brought smiles to the faces of many residents.
“I can’t remember the last time I had McDonalds!” One resident exclaimed, while admiring their burger pack. “I feel like it’s been years!” Another resident agreed.
The conversation sparked many to reminisce about their own fast food experiences, including resident, Bruce, who mentioned how he only used to have McDonalds twice a year as a special treat for himself.
Lifestyle coordinator, Annabel said “We are always looking for different ways to treat the residents and help them experience things that they wouldn’t usually. This is what makes Happy Meals for lunch so special – our residents would never normally think to have this themselves.”
Our onsite catering teams work diligently to provide 5-star, fresh and nutritious meals to all our residents on a daily basis. Individual nutrition and dietary requirements are planned in collaboration with dietitians and health professionals as required. During all meal times, residents are encouraged to meet in our intimate dining rooms, where they are served individually plated meals freshly cooked in-house; however residents are always able to enjoy their meals in their suites as well.
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.