Aged Care Relationships » Pre-dinner drinks with pleasant company
April 30, 2020
Written by Rachel Bailey
Every Friday afternoon, the Arcare Maidstone community get together for pre-dinner drinks and happy hour, to celebrate and reflect on the week that was. Typically clients, team members, volunteers, friends and family members are invited to attend this social event, however during the residence’s precautionary lockdown in April, this was no longer possible.
Arcare Maidstone client, George enjoys attending the community’s pre-dinner drinks, and had been particularly missing see his daughter since going into lockdown.
To help brighten George’s spirits, the lifestyle team arranged with his daughter, Margaret to have a window of opportunity during the community’s pre-dinner drinks.
While Margaret wasn’t able to physically enter the residence, the pair were setup to sit and enjoy a drink or two with each other, while chatting through a window via a mobile phone.
George was delighted to see the sweet faces of his daughter, and the experience provided them both with much needed reassurance during this difficult time.
The Arcare Maidstone community are committed to keeping loved one/s connected during the precautionary lockdown period, and the lifestyle team have been working tirelessly to ensure that all clients have the opportunity to interact with their friends and family members via the window of opportunity, via video chat or on the phone.
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.