December 31, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
Christmas day is a wonderful time at Arcare North Shore.
Families are visiting, young children are laughing and the clients are having the time of their lives.
Some of our North Shore team members are off visiting their families, some loved ones are just too far away to make the trip this time of year while others are overseas.
For one lovely lady named Roma, this was just the case.
Her family had visited the week before to bring some lovely gifts and to spend some precious time catching up and exchanging stories about their travels.
Roma also shared them about her life here at Arcare and the lovely people she has met so far.
Roma had decided to invite who she thought was a very special guest to join her for a special Christmas lunch at her table.
When Roma had found out that the children of our lifestyle coordinator Tracey, would be overseas for Christmas Day while her husband will be at work at the hospital, she decided to invite Tracey to a special Christmas lunch at her table.
Tracey came in early to help Roma choose the perfect outfit for the occasion and together they went to the dining room for a scrumptious Christmas Feast which featured prawn cocktails for starters and finished off with Christmas pudding and custard.
They exchanged stories about their interests and lives and talked about their children and the wonderful times spent at home with them.
After a lovely lunch, Tracey walked Roma back to her room and thanked her for being the perfect companion on this beautiful Christmas day in North Queensland.
‘I couldn’t think of a more perfect Christmas lunch and I thank you for joining me,’ Roma said.
From this special Christmas lunch, we see that age difference is not a barrier when it comes to friendship.
If we all take a moment to talk and get to know people, we actually come to see that we have much in common.
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.