October 3, 2019
Written by Emma Henshaw
The sun was shining and the weather was warm, perfect for Arcare Glenhaven‘s 2nd birthday celebrations.
The lifestyle team spent the morning preparing the courtyard with beautiful decorations, balloons, bunting, streamers and even a piñata. Everything was set and ready to go.
The day started with activities to promote Dementia Awareness as September is also Dementia Awareness month, so the residents took part in activities such as brain training, Japanese speaking class, pet therapy and Tai Chi.
There was hustle and bustle all around the facility. Residents making their way to activities, carers assisting, lifestyle members running classes; it was all happening.
Lunch time rolled around and everyone made their way to the courtyard. Once all the residents were seated, the team went around handing out a BBQ lunch. The music was playing, the drinks were flowing, and everyone was happy.
After a busy morning, everyone was happy to sit back and relax in the sunshine for a bit.
After everyone had finished eating the birthday cake was wheeled into the centre of the courtyard. The first two residents Annabelle Wanigasekera and Nora Fahmy were invited to come up and cut the cake.
After the cut was cut the games began. The piñata was first, the residents took turns in sitting in a chair and smacking the piñata as hard as they could.
A couple of residents took turns in whacking the pinata but did not have any luck, it was Betty Cutler who broke the pinata and sent lollies flying.
Next up it was time for Twister. The staff formed teams to verse each other while to residents took turns in calling out the next instructions. There were roars of laughter as members twisted themselves up amongst each other and fell to the floor.
‘I loved seeing the staff get involved with the games, it was very funny to watch’.
To round out the celebrations the afternoon was spent relaxing while watching a concert in the courtyard.
Emma Henshaw was appointed Community Marketing Officer of New South Wales at the end of July 2019. Emma joins the team with a varied background in both Marketing and Communications from a range of different industries which has allowed her to grow and develop her skills, equipping her to take on the responsibilities as Arcare’s Community Marketing Officer New South Wales. Emma graduated from secondary school in 2008 from Bede Polding College, New South Wales. Emma went on to continue her studies and obtained qualifications in Events Management, Marketing and is currently completing her Bachelor of Communication majoring in Public Relations from Swinburne University. Emma is enjoying the new role and learning just how rewarding working in Aged Care can be. She is passionate about building stronger relationships between residents and the wider community and is committed to creating compelling strategies to achieve this. Emma also understands the importance of keeping family and friends up to date with the lives of their loved ones currently enjoying life at Arcare though regular communication via Facebook, the Arcare website, Arcare 5 Star Magazine and soon the Arcare App.