July 8, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
Clients in Arcare Hope Island’s Dementia community of Deco have been involved in many hands-on craft activities.
And Personal Support Worker Bec and Pene and Enrolled Nurse Jo are very dedicated to and enthusiastic about doing more.
For example, they did dot painting on natural wood, painted plant pots and even gave a splash of colour to the garden bed rocks.
Bec brought in a timeless classic, ‘The Rainbow Serpent by Dick Roughsey’, and it served as an inspiration for the clients’ paintings.
Using a log brought in by a fellow team member, the clients set about transforming the logs into works of art.
They also painted garden bed rocks to bring a splash of colour to their garden.
While they were painting, the clients came up with great ideas of painting ladybirds, turtles and more.
‘Some of these things you’d never have thought of painting!’ Bec shared.
And they were all very happy to give it a try even though it was their first time!
For clients like Sue, who lived in Fiji and was familiar with native design and patterns, and Denise, who spent some time in Indonesia taking in their local culture, it was nostalgic to be painting the intricate designs.
Now, these colourful rocks and logs are a great conversation starter for anyone who steps into the garden.
As part of the Dementia Community’s activities program, they also conduct gardening activities during the week.
And some of the men have taken it upon themselves to water the plants regularly.
Currently, they have planted vegetables and herbs such as capsicums and cherry tomatoes.
‘I used to grow and plant pumpkins so I’m excited to give that a try again soon,’ a client shared.
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.