November 20, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
In September, children from Explores Early Learning came to visit the Arcare Maidstone community.
A large group of clients patiently sat waiting for the children to arrive, in the upstairs lounge room. Once the children finally arrived, the room began feeling so much lighter and brighter. Warm smiles swept across the clients’ faces, as they embraced their little, four-year old friends.
After much discussion, warm cuddles and whispered laughter, the children sat in a circle to formally introduce themselves to all of the clients.
Their kindergarten teacher then encouraged the children to sing their classes song about learning about different cultures within the community. This song, further widened the smile of many clients, as many of the clients come from a variety of different backgrounds.
Everyone then broke off into smaller groups to complete different activities, such as reading, drawing and story telling.
Many of the clients enjoyed reading to the small children, as the experience brought back memories of them reading to their own children when they were little. Many of the children, quickly formed attachments to particular clients, finding their warm smiles and calming voices, comforting and friendly.
The Maidstone clients had the most wonderful time engaging, helping and watching the kindy kids flourish and learn. The clients and children are already excited for their next adventure together.
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.