February 19, 2020
Written by Jamie Loh
Each client at the Arcare Slacks Creek has their own story to tell and client Lucy Gurr is a perfect example of that.
During her younger days, she was a competitive lawn bowler; she had given it up long before coming to the residence.
Even though Lucy is now in a princess chair, she was determined to have a go.
With the help of a Lifestyle team member, Lucy was brought forward to the carpet in her princess chair
We bet she was transported to her first-ever lawn bowls competition; you can almost smell the freshly-cut grass and hear the audience hold their breath.
As Lucy bent down and rolled the bowl, she did it with such skill and finesse that her fellow teammates could not help but cheer her on!
Lucy was having the time of her life as she had a big smile on her face.
‘Gosh! I don’t remember the bowls ever being this heavy!’ Lucy exclaimed.
She did, however, remember her glory days as a bowler and enjoyed boasting to team members and clients of her many achievements.
Lucy surprised herself with how close she got to the jack, although it was not close enough to win, Lucy was definitely thrilled to have a go.
‘You will have to stand me up next time when we bowl again!’ she cheekily said.
From taking the time to get to know Lucy, we were able to provide her with the opportunity to relive her passion for bowls once again.
In turn, this enabled Lucy the opportunity to share a big part of her life with others in the community around her.
To Lucy, age is just a number and nothing can stop her, not even her health conditions.
We were all very amazed with Lucy’s sheer determination, skill and strength in playing bowls.
It was also great to her eyes light up as she participated in the bowls activity.
Lucy serves as an inspiration to other clients, as she reminds us all not to underestimate ourselves and to be proud of our interests and skills.
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.