Arcare Aged Care Community Stories – 13th April to 19th April
Easter – Arcare Brighton
Leading up to the Easter long weekend, clients from Arcare Brighton spent time participating in a range of Easter themed activities such as an Easter Egg Hunt, flower arranging and various arts and crafts classes.
With their families and loved ones being front of mind during the Easter season, the clients wanted to explore their creativity and create something that they could keep and pass on to their families or potentially gift to them at a later date.
One of the items that clients made during an arts and crafts class was personalised Easter sock bunnies; with their creations were inspired by love and the hope that Easter brings.
Easter/Passover – Arcare Caulfield
There is a strong and growing Jewish community at Arcare Caulfield, and as such at Easter time, the community celebrates both Easter and Passover.
For the first night of Passover, Rabbi Genende visited the Arcare Caulfield community virtually, by zooming in to do a Seder Service for the clients.
All the family’s were also invited to virtually attend the Service, and a total of 17 families joined in on the night.
Matzo bread and kosher grape juice were served, with the juice being served in special cups just for Seder and the Matzos being delivered from the Rabbi Mechacham, which was hand made and sent from Israel.
Many clients had tears in their eyes, as they saw their families on the screen; Seder is a time where all families always get together.
The clients were so happy that this important cultural event was still able to take place with social distancing measures in place, and in spite of the precautionary lockdown.
Easter – Arcare Cheltenham
This year to celebrate Easter, the Arcare Cheltenham community participated in a week-long Easter celebration.
The lifestyle team organised different activities each day, which consisted of various Easter craft activities, egg hunts and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The Easter Bunny made a special early trip to visit the Arcare Cheltenham community on Thursday 9th April. The Easter Bunny hopped around the community, visiting clients in their suites and in the dining room, gifting bundles of delicious chocolate eggs.
The Easter Bunny surely delivered some much needed Easter joy to the community; and just in time for the Easter weekend!
Easter – Arcare Craigieburn
In the week leading up to Easter, the Arcare Craigieburn community participated in an Easter Egg Hunt.
The lifestyle team had fun scattering the eggs all around the main courtyard, and clients were invited to don their sunnies and Easter bonnets for meeting in the courtyard for the commencement of the Hunt.
The clients were eager to participate, with many even becoming competitive with one another, to see who could collect the most.
For some it was a mad dash to collect as many eggs as possible, but for others, they were just happy to collect one or two and watch others find their own.
Residence manager, Judy even got involved in the spirit of things, bringing out her own Easter basket to join in the Hunt.
Easter – Arcare Knox
Over the Easter long weekend, the Arcare Knox community received a lovely surprise from one of the shops across the road, based at Westfiled Knox, Lollyology Lolly shop.
Lollyology Lolly shop very generously donated and bagged their excess Easter stock, as gifts for all the clients in the residence.
It was just a wonderful act of kindness, that all the clients really loved and appreciated.
Lifestyle coordinator, Lee said, “It’s wonderful to see just how much people care about the wellbeing of others during lockdown.”
On Easter Sunday morning, Arcare Knox lifestyle coordinator, Lee hand delivered the donated Easter gift packs from the Lollyology Lolly shop to all the clients.
“We just had such a wonderful Easter. Thank-you to everyone at Arcare Knox…” Client, June said on behalf of the community.
Easter – Arcare Surrey Hills
To celebrate Easter, the Arcare Surrey Hills community participated Easter egg hunt in the courtyard.
The Easter Bunny found an “Eggscellent” excuse to come early and surprise the clients at Surrey Hills.
The clients had a wonderful morning searching the courtyard for some delicious chocolate eggs and rabbits.
Easter – Arcare Sydenham
Just before the Easter long weekend, the Easter Bunny hopped by the Arcare Sydenham community.
The Easter Bunny’s visit surely brought a smile to many faces within the Sydenham community.
April 13 – Arcare Carnegie – Ray’s birthday
On Monday 13th April, Arcare Carnegie client, Ray celebrated his 91st birthday.
Although this year’s celebrations were a little different, the Carnegie lifestyle team tried to go above and beyond to make the day feel special for Ray.
The team presented Ray with a delicious cake, presents, balloons and a handwritten card.
To finish off the day, Ray was treated to a surprise, a Zoom video call with his wife, Rosemary.
April 13 – Arcare Hillside – Birthday surprises
The Arcare Hillside community received a pleasant surprise, when lifestyle assistant, Susie brought in special birthday gifts for all the clients who are celebrating their birthdays in April.
The special gifts were handmade birthday cards, that Susie’s young granddaughter, Daniela had personally created and drawn for each client.
Susie said that her granddaughter wanted to ensure that everyone received something special on their birthday, regardless if they were unable to receive visitors.
The clients were so pleased and overwhelmed by the kindness, and couldn’t stop thanking Susie and her granddaughter.
April 14 – Arcare Caulfield – Rachel’s paintings
Arcare Caulfield client, Rachel has been keeping busy during the precautionary lockdown, rekindling her love of painting.
Most days now, when Rachel goes to visit her husband, Kurt’s suite to keep him company, and while she does, she has been practicing her painting.
Rachel says that she is appreciating not being as busy as she once was, and how it has been niceto actually have time to sit and enjoy her painting again.
Rachel has already started a few pieces since going into lockdown, however she recently finished the stunning rose painting.
April 14 – Arcare Keysborough – Sri Lankan New Year
On Tuesday 14th April, the Arcare Keysborough community celebrated Sri Lankan New Year.
To celebrate the occassion, the lifestyle team had traditional Sri Lankan dishes prepared, before loaded up the trolley to visit each client for a mobile party.
The lifestyle team visited each suite to offer the clients a try of the delicious food. It took around two hours to completely go around the residence, however many of the Sri Lankan clients commented on the lovely food and how they appreciated that the community was recognising and celebrating their culture.
April 14 – Arcare Knox – Bruce’s window of opportunity
The Arcare Knox team are committed to keeping clients connecting to their loved ones during the precautionary lockdown.
Last week, Arcare Knox client, Bruce was able to catch up and connect with his wife, Carol.
Although Carol wasn’t able to physically enter the residence, the pair were able to speak to one another through a window.
“I can’t thank the Arcare Knox community enough, for thinking out of the box and finding a way for me to visit my husband, Bruce. We have been married for 55 years and I know he is getting great care, but still want to see him.” Carol said.
Bruce was delighted to see his wife, and the experience provided him with much needed reassurance during this difficult time.
“Seeing me wife makes me feel so much better.” Bruce said.
April 15 – Arcare Craigieburn – Virtual music therapy
On Wednesday 15th April, the Arcare Craigieburn community participated in their first ever virtual music therapy.
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.