Arcare Aged Care Community Stories – March 30 to April 5
March 31 – Arcare Oatlands – Cheese and Wine Tasting Afternoon
The Lifestyle team at Arcare Oatlands decided to host a Cheese and Wine Tasting afternoon for the clients, instead of the usual pre-dinner drinks. This was something the clients really enjoyed as it allowed them to socialise in small groups while enjoying the finer things in life.
Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon voting on their favourite cheese, which was Mersey Valley Cheddar. In second place, the creamy Brie was another crowd favourite. It was the perfect way to relax in the afternoon as the clients sipped on a glass of red wine.
March 31 – Arcare Oatlands – Skype Birthday Party
Client Daniele ‘Danny’ Ciapponi at Arcare Oatlands was unable to spend his birthday in the usual way with his family due to the current situation.
So, a group family Skype video chat was organised so they could all celebrate together.
Danny and his family members each had a glass of red wine together and Arcare Oatlands’ team members also joined in to sing Happy Birthday to Danny while he cut his cake.
‘It’s so special to be able to celebrate with Dad still,’ Danny’s daughter commented.
As the online birthday party came to a close, Danny’s son shared with us, ‘Thank you for making this happen, it means a lot to us and to Dad.’
Here at Arcare Oatlands, we are doing our best to ensure that clients feel connected to their loved ones during the preventative lockdown period.
And with modern technology like video call software and the Arcare App, we can do just that!
April 1 – Arcare Oatlands – Making Easter Cards
Clients at Arcare Oatlands put their creative skills to the test by making their own Easter cards.
These cards will be sent to their family members, just in time for the upcoming Easter season.
‘Easter’s a time for family but I’m happy that I still get to make these cards for my family. I hope they like it!’ client Barbara shared with us.
As clients might not be able to see them during this Easter period, they are working extra hard to create meaningful Easter cards. They hope that these cards will reflect their love and well wishes to their loved ones.
‘It’s important for the families and clients to stay connected, so with these cards, the families will be assured that their loved ones are still active and happy.’ Lifestyle Co-ordinator Madeline said.
April 4 – Arcare Warriewood – Myza’s heartwarming story
We haven’t seen my 90-year-old mum for over 4 weeks. She lives in Arcare Warriewood aged care residence, which did the right thing and locked down right away.
I call her daily but have been really missing her. So I called the residence and asked if there was any way we could see her.
They were so kind. They said if we came to the front doors, they would bring mum to the foyer, give her the phone and we can chat whilst seeing each other.
As you can see, I got super emotional. The moment I saw her, I broke down and cried. She was reassuring us she was safe and well cared for, for us not to worry and to take care of ourselves.
Huge thank you to the nurses and staff at Arcare Warriewood. They are such wonderful, beautiful people. We really appreciated them for doing this.
April 4 – Arcare Glenhaven – Music Therapy with Ben
Clients enjoyed some music therapy with Ben at Arcare Glenhaven. His special song was a twist on the usual ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ where he edited the lyrics to ‘It’s a Long Way to Tickle Kerry (In The Red Jumper)’. The clients all thought he was quite amusing!