Arcare Aged Care Community Stories – March 23 to March 29
March 23 – Arcare Glenhaven – Exercise and armchair travel
On Monday 23rd March, during the preventative lockdown period, clients at Arcare Glenhaven participated in their daily exercises in the morning.
The exercises were kept to small groups to follow our strict guidelines.
After their exercises, clients enjoyed a bit of armchair travel as they watched sightseeing videos on Egypt.
Even when the Arcare Glenhaven community are in precautionary lockdown, it does not stop them from staying active and finding ways to explore the world!
March 24 – Arcare Glenhaven – Betty received mail from family
During the preventative lockdown period at Arcare Glenhaven, we have been receiving many emails from family members for the clients. So, we have been assisting them in writing their replies.
In some of their emails, they have also attached photos. In client Betty’s letter, her family had included updates on her grandchildrens’ work achievements, as well as a photo of her great grandchild.
This brought Betty so much joy! When I first saw her, she told me she was feeling a bit down as she missed her family.
When I pulled out the letter, her mood completely changed.
As I was leaving her room, I turned back to see a big smile on her face. I took a photo of her reading the letter and have also shared it with her family.
Betty’s grandchildren have begun sending even more letters to her after seeing the difference it makes.
Here at Arcare Glenhaven, we are starting to notice just how powerful these letters are.
To the clients, these letters represent the love and care that their family have for them, even if they are unable to visit the residence.
Besides letters, they can also talk over the phone. But there is something special about a handwritten letter and photos that you read and look at over and over again.
March 25 – Arcare Glenhaven – Jean receives letters from her family
Client Jean recently received a letter from her family and she was overjoyed.
Jeanette from Arcare Glenhaven Lifestyle assisted Jean with reading the letter to Jean as she could not read the small print.
Her daughter wrote in the letter that she had hoped Jean’s bruising was healing and that she was getting better.
Jeanette had made a joke that she had a round with Muhammad Ali which made Jean crack up laughing.
This was a very special moment for Jean as she has been missing her family.
March 25 – Arcare Glenhaven – Good friends Marie and Norm
Client Marie and Norm are neighbours at Arcare Glenhaven. Marie is one of our most caring clients and always loves to help whenever she can. Marie often visits Norm in his room to see if he is okay and to have a nice chat with him.
As they are both missing their families, Marie invited Norm into her room for a chat to provide some company. During this time, Marie received a letter from her family which she was able to read, she shared it with Norm and they both shared stories of their families.
It was lovely to see such a nice friendship in action, where the clients are all looking out for one another especially at this time.
March 26 – Arcare Kanwal – Twiddle Muffs
Local women’s shed ‘Her Cave’ donated some of their knitting to the clients at Arcare Kanwal.
They donated twiddle muffs which is a hand muff with bits and bobs attached inside and out.
It is designed to provide stimulation for restless hands for anyone suffering from dementia.
The clients loved how soft and colourful the twiddle muffs are. Some clients even pretended to be boxers and were doing left hooks and uppercuts.