November 16, 2020
Edited by Rachel Bailey
Over the last couple of months, the Arcare Cheltenham community have travelling around the global from the safety and comfort of their armchairs. Introducing Livitivy’s Cycling Memory Lane program into the lifestyle activities, the team have enabled residents to virtually get out and about during COVID restrictions, without needing to leave the residence.
The cycling program enables residents to cycle around the world and view a range of wonderous landmarks such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Eiffel Tower. To move around, the program prompted residents to get active and pedal with their feet using the provided mini pedal exerciser.
To excite the community further about the new cycling program, the lifestyle team organised a variety of cultural days, which invited residents to take a trip to a specific country not just through the armchair bike, but through colour dress-ups, special lunches, high tea and craft activities.
The community particularly enjoyed their trips to Italy and France, with many complimenting the team on how engaging and realistic the cycling program feels, as well as how the decadent paired food transported them to Rome and Paris. The Armchair Cycling program continues to prove itself as an engaging reminiscing activity, as well as exercise, stirring up a lively discussion between residents about previous travels and favourite holidays over the years.
Due to popularity, the lifestyle team have continued to run weekly sessions with the VR cycling program.
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.