November 20, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
In October, the Arcare Keysborough community celebrated the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali.
Diwali is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, and to celebrate the holiday, team members came to work dressed in bright coloured garments, including traditional Indian attire.
Arcare recognises the importance of celebrating the holidays, traditions and cultures of the clients and team members within our communities. With many team members at Arcare Keysborough, coming from an Indian and/or Hindu background, the lifestyle team saw the importance of recognising and celebrating Diwali and Indian culture.
Diwali is typically celebrated over five days and it coincides with Hindu New Year. The festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
Team members, clients and visitors were invited to share a special Indian lunch, which was especially prepared by Arcare’s onsite chef. The clients particularly enjoyed the mild butter chicken and rice option. Arcare would like to thank the kitchen team for the ongoing hard-work and for providing the scrumptious feast for the Diwali celebration.
After everyone had finished their lunch, team members and volunteers invited clients up to dance. Lively Bollywood music blared through the speakers in the meeting hall, as key team members showed off their dance moves. Some clients enjoyed dancing the afternoon away, while others preferred to sit back and watch the festivities. Many clients also took the opportunity to get a photo with their dedicated carer.
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.