November 20, 2020
Edited by Rachel Bailey
While lockdown has been difficult on many of us, this month, the Arcare Templestowe community implemented a fun resident suggestion, that helped lift spirits and bring a smile to the faces of many.
After hearing, chef, Josh and lifestyle coordinator, Kerryn both claim that they make the best vanilla slice, the community were incredibly keen to see and taste the ‘proof in their pudding’. One resident suggested to lifestyle that they host a cooking competition between the pair called, the Arcare Cook Off.
The competition was held in Templestowe’s large foyer area to ensure that as many residents as possible could attend and enjoy.
Josh and Kerryn narrated the steps of their recipe for the onlooking residents, as they mixed, whipped and layered their slices. The foyer echoed with the laughter and chatter from the residents, as they enjoyed watching the fun banter between the two team members.
As vanilla slice can take awhile to set properly, both Josh and Kerryn whipped out slices that they had prepared earlier, for the ultimate taste test. Residents took their time scoring and discussing the slices amongst themselves, before the votes were tallied up and Kerryn was crowned the winner.
Although Kerryn has won bragging rights for this month, the Arcare Templestowe community are keen to watch Kerryn and Josh face off again next month in another cooking challenge.
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.