August 9, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
What better way to enjoy a beautiful sunny day on the Gold Coast than by going for a scenic drive down to Broadbeach?
Lifestyle coordinator Amanda and the clients went on their bus trip, full of excitement.
On their route through the busy streets, Amanda noticed a gentleman in a park pushing a pram with some feathered friends on board.
Amanda stopped the bus, waddled over and asked the man to bring his friends on the bus to meet with the clients.
It was such a delightful experience for everyone!
The gentlemen had with him a gorgeous corella, a cute bright yellow budgie and a cheeky cockatiel.
All of his pretty birds were so friendly. They comfortably perched themselves on shoulders and fingers and the clients were simply filled with sheer joy.
The gorgeous corella made itself comfortable on Amanda’s shoulder, when the owner tried to collect the bird, the bird refused, just like a little bratty child!
He even tried biting the owner’s fingers in protest.
This made everyone on the bus laugh so hard their tummies hurt.
After a while, it was time to get back on the bus and head back to Helensvale but not before stopping for the mandatory soft serve ice cream from McDonalds.
That’s a must if Amanda wants to avoid any rioting on the bus.
On the way back to the residence, everyone could not stop talking about the birds and what an adventure the bus trips always are!
You just never know what to expect with Arcare Helensvale’s weekly scenic bus trips.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in early 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community and some internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent, varied communications to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and those living in wider communities. Jamie utilises a broad array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness. Jamie is passionate about improving engagement between those who are enjoying their retirement in Arcare residences and family and friends who live in the wider community. She is always advocating for new methods of communicating, including new strategies and mediums. After graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2014, Jamie attended the University of Queensland where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications (Public Relations) and Arts (Japanese). During her time at the University of Queensland, Jamie attended an intensive exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo for two months.