May 21, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
‘A mother is like a flower; each one beautiful and unique’
Spoken by a team member at Arcare Hope Island
Mother’s Day in the Dementia community of Arcare Hope Island was a special and exciting day for clients and team members.
We had a lot of fun laughing and reminiscing together.
Clients had been busy all week making paper flowers and pom-poms to decorate the walls and tables for the big day.
They were also very eager to assist team members on Sunday morning with hanging decorations and setting up the tables.
The highlight of the celebration was the flower wall featuring individual photos of the ladies.
Everyone enjoyed finding themselves on the wall and admiring their photo.
Clients also loved looking at photos of team members, their mothers and their children as they reminisced about different parenting styles and how it has changed over the years.
One client shared with us that she believed children were to be seen and not heard, very much unlike children today who have very little discipline.
Clients enjoyed a wonderful roast turkey for lunch, sneaking in a few chocolates between courses.
After lunch, everyone sat around the table talking and enjoying each other’s company.
Client Denise stated, ‘everything is so pretty, I don’t want to leave!’.
While client John stated that it felt just like one big, great family celebration.
Clients and team members enjoyed the day even though many could not be at home with their own mothers and children.
However, celebrating together and seeing the joy on the everyone’s faces at Arcare Hope Island made it very special.
Jamie Loh is Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Queensland. Jamie joined the Arcare team in mid 2019, stepping straight into her responsibilities which include communications with the broader community, community engagement and internal communications responsibilities. Jamie is a firm advocate for consistent communications and engaging ideas to help bridge the gap between those living in aged care residences and the wider communities. Jamie utilises a diverse array of strategies to help improve messaging and boost brand awareness and is always advocating for new methods of communicating in different 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 worked with Brisbane's top Public Relations firms and participated in an intensive language program in Tokyo, Japan.