Arcare Aged Care Community Stories – 20th April to 26th April
Arcare Carnegie – Blue Tuesday
Every Tuesday the Arcare Carnegie lifestyle team host ‘Blue day’ in the sensitive care unit.
Clients and team members are encouraged to dress in blue for the day and attend the community’s delicious high tea.
Decadent blue iced cupcakes are always served at the high tea, in addition to the traditional scones with jam and cream, to ensure that the food also keeps with the blue theme.
The clients always have a fun time dressing in various wacky outfits and shades of blue.
Arcare Carnegie – Dress to Impress exercise class
With the precautionary lockdown still being in place at Arcare Carnegie, many clients are missing the community’s regular bus outings and being able to get all dressed up to go out. To remedy this, the lifestyle team decided to host an event that was worth getting dressed up for.
The Dress to Impress exercise class was a first for the Arcare Carnegie community, however it didn’t take long before a long list of clients had put their names down to be involved.
Each member of the exercise group was encouraged to dress up and to also bring a small flower from the community garden to present to another member of the community.
Some of the men came dressed in suits, while the ladies donned their best jewels and even put on some makeup.
Some clients commented that the class felt more like a ball or formal dance than exercise.
After the group had completed their exercise routine led by Snowleena, everyone went around handing out their flowers. The flower surely brought smiles to many faces within the community; something that was much needed during these challenging times.
Arcare Caulfield – Let me entertain you
During Friday’s weekly Happy Hour, the Arcare Caulfield community’s wonderful receptionist, Maddie put on a spectacular show for all the clients.
Maddie wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice, as the clients kicked back with a glass of champagne and a roaring virtual fireplace.
Towards the end of the performance, the clients asked if they could hold up their homemade signs, to share their personal messages with their families.
Arcare Cheltenham – Brightening up the community
On Wednesday 22nd April, a much needed burst of colour and joy was brought into the Arcare Cheltenham community, when team members chose to come work dressed in rainbow outfits.
The lifestyle team organised the day to bring a sense of lightness and fun into the community, during a difficult and unsettling time.
During lunch time, team members put on an impromptu dance performance for the clients to enjoy. Not taking themselves too seriously, the team members danced their way through classic songs such as the Nutbush and the Macarena. Clients laughed and clapped along to the music, enjoying the whimsical sight.
Residence manager, Rachel commented saying, “You have to weather the storm before you get to the rainbow. We brought the rainbow into the community, as we hope that the lockdown and COVID-19 will be over very soon.”
Arcare Craigieburn – Music therapy delivered differently
On Thursday 23rd April, the Arcare Craigieburn community hosted another virtual music therapy session.
Due to the popularity of the first session, the lifestyle team have now organised regular sessions for clients to participate in.
The instructor ran the session through Skype and invited clients to engage with the program, by clapping, singing, dancing or playing the various available instruments. Many clients said that they found the music to be very relaxing and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Arcare Epping – Commemorating ANZAC Day
On Friday 24th April, the Arcare Epping community held their commemorative Anzac Day service.
All the clients and team members came along to watch the service video and listen to a range of community members speak and pay their respects.
As a community, everyone sang religious hymns, which was then followed by a minute’s silence.
Arcare Keysborough – Dance hour
Happy hour at Arcare Keysborough has been revolutionised by the lifestyle team and has become known as Dance Hour.
The community celebrates Dance Hour with a small group at a time. The lifestyle team load up the portable trolley with colour and music to fit the weekly Dance Hour theme. The lifestyle team then travel around the residence, visiting clients and encouraging clients to dance along with the music.
This week’s theme was All Thing: ABBA.
The music attracted much attention as it travelled around the community. Many clients were up and dancing; smiles could be seen and laughter heard coming from a number of clients, as they danced the afternoon away.
Arcare Keysborough – A sweet donation
Early Monday morning, the Arcare Keysborough lifestyle team received an unexpected call from Stephen, the owner of the Lindt outlet at DFO Moorabbin. The team were surprised and delighted to learn that Stephen wanted to donate all the store’s leftover Easter stock to the Arcare Keysborough community.
That morning, two lifestyle team members took the Arcare bus down to DFO to pick up the chocolate, and when they arrived they couldn’t believe just how much chocolate was donating.
Lindt Moorabbin very generously donated over 40 kilograms of delicious chocolates to the community; the bus was overflowing on the way home.
When the team arrived back and started to carry the chocolate into the residence, many clients couldn’t believe how bags there were. It was then, members of the community’s craft club volunteered to get together, divide the chocolates and bag them all up, so everyone received a sweet treat. The group created over 160 gift packs in one afternoon
Every client within the community was offered a large bag of Lindt balls, and the lifestyle team set aside the extra to give to the ladies on Mother’s Day and the team on Nurse’s Appreciation Day.
The Arcare Keysborough community would like to say a massive thank-you to Stephen and the team from Lindt DFO Moorabbin for their very generous gift.
Arcare Maidstone – Margaret & Miriam’s flower arranging
Margaret and Miriam just love flowers; everything about them, the way they look, their smell and the way they brighten up a space.
That’s why, this week the Arcare Maidstone lifestyle team arranged for Margaret and Miriam to participate in a flower arranging workshop.
The ladies had a wonderful time creating the flower arrangements for the dining rooms and foyer area.
Once completed their beautiful creations were displayed around the residence. The pair received several positive comments about how beautiful the tables looked. Margaret and Miriam felt incredibly proud of their work, and how they will be able to supply the residence’s arrangements on a more regular basis.
Arcare Maidstone – Pre-dinner drinks with company
This week, Arcare Maidstone client, George was delighted to have some pre-dinner drinks with his daughter, Margaret.
While Margaret wasn’t able to physically enter the residence to enjoy a drink with George, the pair were able to catch up with one another through the window of opportunity 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 this 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.
For more information on how you can stay connected to your loved one/s during the lockdown, please contact Arcare Maidstone directly and ask to speak to the manager.
Arcare Malvern East – Fashion parade fun
On Tuesday 21st April, Arcare Malvern East team member, Jocelyn thought she would help bring some much needed joy and laughter into the community by hosting a Fancy Dress Fashion Parade.
Gathering up as many team members as she could, Jocelyn asked them to find and wear fancy dress to the afternoon’s Fashion Parade in the Ritz lounge.
Several team members showed up wearing a range of fancy dress including traditional cultural garments.
A crowd of clients gathered in the lounge, as they waited to watch the beloved team members strut their stuff on the Malvern East catwalk.
The clients cheered as each team members showed off their beautiful outfits. Maintenance man, Mark even dressed up for the occasion, wearing his best suit to strut his stuff in. Laughter erupted as Mark did a comical and goofy walk, poking fun at a supermodel’s walk.
The community had a wonderful afternoon, and Jocelyn is already looking forward to running other fun community events in the future.
Arcare Portarlington – ANZAC Day service
On Saturday 25th April, the Arcare Portarlington community hosted a commemorative ANZAC Day service.
The service was designed by clients and team members, who selected the passages and songs that would make up the service.
The service was followed by a performance from the 5-Star Chorus, who sang ten war era songs.
The poppies that were displayed, were all knitted by clients over the past year, with more being completed weekly. Three large banners of poppies decorated the service room.
Arcare Sydenham – Maltese club cafe catch-up
On Monday 20th April, Arcare Sydenham’s Maltese club came together to enjoy some traditional Maltese foods.
Arcare Sydenham’s cafe attendant, Carmen prepared all the food especially for the club’s meeting. Carmen is always happy to be involved with the Maltese club’s activities, as she enjoy sharing her Maltese hertiage with the group.
The group enjoyed chatting throughout the afternoon, sharing stories and reminiscing.
Arcare Templestowe – Celebrating Greek Easter
On Monday 20th April, clients from the Arcare Templestowe community spent the morning decorating Easter eggs to celebrate Greek Orthodox Easter.
Lifestyle coordinator, Kerryn said, “This was a tradition that we felt important to continue. We want to support our clients in every way that we can, and celebrating their cultures and traditions is a big part of this.”
A lot of clients within the community found it very interesting to watch, while many of the Greek clients took charge and led the way.
Many of the Greek clients from the community mentioned how they were happy and thankful that they were able to continue this Easter tradition despite living in aged care.