December 3, 2019
Written by Jamie Loh
“Hi ho silver!” were Mary’s first words as she got onto the wheelchair swing.
The park opposite Arcare Taigum stands out from other parks with its special inclusive feature.
The lifestyle team from Arcare Taigum received the key to the swing this week and they did not hesitate to bring client Mary Carey to the park to try it out.
Mary had an amazing time and said she could stay on the swing all day!
“This is wonderful! The swing has brought back many memories for me. As a kid, you would always find me on the swings,” she said.
For children and adults in wheelchairs, this swing is life-changing for them as they get to enjoy the facilities and relive their childhood memories.
A simple swing may not mean much to others, but it means the world to Mary.
This wheelchair swing will also greatly benefit many other wheelchair clients from Arcare Taigum and from the local community.
It is not only safe, fun and easy to use; it is also very therapeutic for anyone who uses it.
The comforting feeling of going back and forth on a swing and feeling the wind brush past as you soar into the air is a cherished feeling for many.
It is wonderful to see that local playgrounds nowadays are becoming more inclusive and accessible for everyone.
“Seeing the joy on Mary’s when she was in the wheelchair swing brought a smile to all our faces too,” Cathy, the Lifestyle Coordinator at Arcare Taigum said.
Mary will definitely be going back to that wheelchair swing again and again!
And next time, we will return with more clients from the residence so that everyone can enjoy this new and inclusive feature at the local park.
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.