Aged Care Relationships » Playing pretend
February 19, 2020
Written by Rachel Bailey
No matter what age you are, you can always find enjoyment and fun in the simple things, such as playing make believe.
In February, children from the local Hey Dee Ho early learning centre came to visit the Arcare Templestowe community.
This was the childcare centre’s third visit to the community, and the clients have began looking forward to their visits more and more after every time they visit. The bond between the children and the clients is ever-growing, with the children feeling more safe and comfortable around the clients with every visit; many now, enjoy having a cuddle with the clients.
“Nanas give the best cuddles.” One child said.
During this visit, the early learning educators planned a make believe shop activity for the children and clients to engage in. The clients were setup as the shop owners, and the children had to go around and buy things with their pretend money.
Arcare Templestowe lifestyle coordinator, Noelene said, “It was funny watching their little faces, as they tried to work out the whole money system and how much they needed to buy things.”
Many of the children were confused by the idea of handing over money for item, and even more so, when they wanted to buy two items and they didn’t have enough money.
“It was beautiful to see their faces light up, when they were finally able to buy things with their own money. You could see the concept click with some of them.” One client said with a smile.
The Arcare Templestowe community are already looking forward to their next adventure with the Hey Dee Ho children; with many hoping for another opportunity to back to a simpler time, when it was ‘acceptable’ to get creative and play pretend.
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.