Arcare Aged Care Community Stories – 6th April to 12th April
April 6 – Arcare Caulfield – Made with love
Local community member, Michelle reached out to the Arcare Caulfield residence to see how she could brighten up the community’s day.
Michelle doesn’t have a loved one in care at Arcare, however living in the local area, she heard about Arcare’s precautionary lockdown, and she was determined to do something personal and thoughtful for the community during this difficult time. Michelle and her daughter, Jada spent about 8 hours day for 5 days, hand crafting 108 special, unique and colourful cards, which would later be individually gifted to each client. Michelle and Jada also included a large box of chocolates with each card; a comfort of a different kind.
Michelle hopes that her cards will help brighten the day of each client and make them feel connected to the wider community.
Michelle wants all the clients at Arcare Caulfield to know that each card was made with love and kindness
April 6 – Arcare Craigieburn – Keeping fit
On Monday 6th April, a group of clients from Arcare Craigieburn participated in an exercise round robin.
The day started out with a seated exercise routine, which was instructed by a lifestyle team member. During the exercises, clients were encouraged to smile and laugh their way through the routine, as research has found that by displaying your positivty, that the your attitude will rub off onto others around you and will help improve their own outlook. It didn’t take long for the positivity in the room to become contagious, with the laughter of the clients spilling out into the hallways of the residence; a sound that it much appreciated during these uncertain times.
Later in the day, the group played games of quiots and ten-pin bowling, with many become competitive with one another.
Everyone had a wonderful day, keeping fit and healthy.
April 7 – Arcare Carnegie – Liz video chats
During the week, 98 year old Arcare Carnegie client, Liz learnt about all things Zoom, as she attempted to video chat with her family for the first time.
While it took some time to adjust to the new technology, Liz soon adapted and began using the software like a true pro.
“This is amazing!” Liz said.
Liz was able to video chat with a number of family members throughout the week, including her granddaughter who lives in Amsterdam.
April 7 – Arcare Epping – Therapy dog visits
Recently, Ivy the therapy dog visited the Arcare Epping community.
Ivy’s visit brought smiles to many faces, as she trotted around the residence, visiting all the clients individually, in their suites.
Ivy was very well behaved during her visit, and enjoyed simply sitting with the clients and relishing in their pats and cuddles.
Several clients were also interested in finding out what Ivy’s favourite treats were, so that they could feed her. It was revealed that Ivy loves to eat a cheeky bit of toast, however she is highly allergic to bacon.
Many clients have already requested that Ivy visit the community on a more regular basis. Lifestyle have suggested that they should make up a special volunteer name badge for Ivy to wear on her collar when she next visits.
April 7 – Arcare Malvern East – Toby, the Bernese Mountain dog
On Tuesday 7th April, the amazing 8-month old Burnese Mountain Dog, Toby came to visit the Arcare Malvern East community.
Although the residence is currently in lockdown, Toby and his family were able to walk around the open courtyard, where clients were able to watch from their windows and balconies.
The family, who live just a couple of streets away from the Malvern East community, wanted to do something special and thoughtful for the clients during this difficult time, and believed that their humongous and fluffy dog, Toby would certainly bring a smile to their faces.
Clients enjoyed watching Toby run around the courtyard and perform tricks with his owners. Some even asked the family questions regarding Toby. One client asked if Toby was fully grown at 8 months old,; the family replied that he hasn’t stopped growing since they got him and that he will continue to grow over the next couple of years.
Toby was the undeniably the highlight of the day for many clients, his amazing and behaved nature captivated the community, and many have already asked if Toby and his family can come back next week.
April 7 – Arcare Parkview Malvern East – Multi-talented team
The clients at Arcare Parkview have been really missing their lovely hairdressers and their weekly hairdressing appointments, since going into precautionary lockdown.
Not to worry though, as the fabulous team at Arcare Parkview have stepped in to help out, offering to blow wave and style clients’ hair.
Armed with their hairdryers, curlers and hairbrushes, the care team at Parkview have been going around to the clients’ rooms to see who requires their services.
On Tuesday 7th April, team members Kajal and Natasa visited client, Mavis to assist with her beautiful up ‘do’.
April 8 – Arcare Surrey Hills – Beryl’s 95th Birthday
Recently Arcare Surrey Hills client, Beryl celebrated her 95th birthday.
In the middle of a lockdown and unable to celebrate with her family and friends, Beryl chose to focus on the positive side of things, embracing her two closest friends at Arcare Surrey Hills and asking them to celebrate her special birthday with her.
Surrey Hills’ clients and Beryl’s friends, Jennifer and Bernice were more than happy to spend the day with Beryl, and they even organised a special high tea in the private dining room especially for Beryl.
It was a lovely day and the group enjoyed a Ferreo Rocher cake and coffees. The Surrey Hills team also ensured that Beryl felt loved and celebrated on her special day, presenting her with a card, flowers, chocolates and balloons.
Happy Birthday Beryl!
April 8 – Arcare Cheltenham – Window visits
Arcare Cheltenham client, Betty was delighted when her daughter, Susan came to visit her.
Although Susan wasn’t able to physically enter the residence to visit Betty, the pair were able to chat to one another through the sunroom window.
The catch-up provided much needed reassurance to Betty and her family during this difficult time.
April 8 – Arcare Knox – Supporting the community
Arcare Knox’s knitting club have been keeping busy during the precautionary lockdown period, continuing to knit pouches, blankets and wraps for wildlife organisations, who help rehabilitate injured and displaced animals from the recent bushfires.
“It has really helped [the group] to have a purpose and to feel like they are still able to contribute to the community during these difficult times,” Lifestyle coordinator, Leanne.
Club members, Carmen and Gwen have recently been leading the charge, meeting daily to knit together.
“Even though there are a lots happening in the world at the moment, we are so pleased that we have the knitting club here at Arcare Knox, and that we are still able to meet up. We have an amazing group of ladies knitting, so it’s been good to get together, socialise and knit for all the wildlife rescue centre; a very worth cause.” Gwen said.
What a wonderful way to keep busy!