December 4, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
Arcare Maidstone clients, Carmen and Wendy enjoy keeping their hands and minds with routine housework.
The pair have found that the busier they are, the less time their minds have to wander. Eager to stay busy and help out, Carmen and Wendy requested that they be allowed to assist the laundry team with their daily duties.
“Many hands, makes for lighter work.” Wendy said.
With the Maidstone team having no objections, the pair started their work in the laundry. Carmen and Wendy now spend most of their afternoons, sitting and folding the various laundry items; always appearing keen to assume the next challenge or tackle the next mountain of clothing.
“At first it seemed odd, that they wanted to help out with a mundane task such as laundry. However after seeing their expressions and hearing their laughter as they bonded over a pile of freshly cleaned clothes, I realised that enjoyment can be found in the simple things, even in laundry.” Lifestyle coordinator, Mary said.
“It is comforting to do something that is familiar.” Wendy clarified.
One afternoon, the ladies were tasked with matching up over one hundred socks. Their eyes lit up, as they both eagerly sat down to start the sorting process. It took over an hour, but eventually the ladies came down to their last few socks, only to realise that there was one odd sock.
The laundry team are so thankful for Carmen and Wendy’s ongoing help, and would like to commend them for the great job that they both do.
Rachel Bailey is the Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has been with Arcare since February 2018, when she started in the role of Relationship Coordinator. Rachel has previously worked in a wide range of roles that equipped her for her responsibilities as Arcare's Community Marketing Officer for Victoria. Rachel has previously held marketing roles and administration roles in a range of industries, earning a range of valuable communications skills that she brings to her role today. Rachel attended Lyndhurst Secondary College in Cranbourne, Victoria, graduating with her Victorian Certificate of Education in 2014. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Communication and Media Studies & Public Relations in 2017. Rachel is passionate about her work and believes that strong communication strategies are the key to creating a closer connection between residents in aged care communities and the wider community. Rachel is a firm believer in regular communications to help friends and family keep updated on the lives of their loved ones who are enjoying life in Arcare residences.