August 5, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
It was a special day for clients at Arcare Pimpama as they were about to have a little visit from some young ones!
You knew the moment the children entered the residence because you could hear their giggles, laughter and chatter. The children were excited and so were our clients!
As usual, they were all a bit shy at the beginning as they huddled close to their teachers and looked around cautiously.
But as soon as the rainbow coloured balloons were brought out, the whole room was transformed into one big balloon party!
With their bright yellow vests and cheerful, lively personalities, these children displayed boundless amount of energy. They simply could not stop throwing balloons in the air, running around the lounge room, popping balloons with the whole body and playing catch with the clients.
One of the ladies formed a friendship with Tyler, a sweet little boy who absolutely loved playing with his green balloon. They shared a pretty long game of hitting the ball back and forth, to the point that she needed to take a break and catch her breath!
Some of the children tried to be naughty by hiding the balloons from the clients, even though they knew exactly where the balloons were, they played along to the game, much to the children’s delight.
You just know the clients felt overjoyed from the big smiles of their faces. They laughed and played along with the children for almost 30 mins! That was their workout for the day, they joked.
Here at Arcare Pimpama, we always encourage activities that will leave our clients feeling fulfilled and happy, and today was the perfect example.
Without a doubt, our clients also felt younger as they spent time laughing and playing with the young ones.
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.