October 11, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
Arcare Knox client, Gwen is painting away the stigma of aging by getting involved in the community’s activities and trying something outside of her comfort zone.
Gwen hadn’t done any sort of drawing or painting since her schooling days. However when Gwen moved in the aged care residence, she wanted to keep herself active by engaging with the community, so she decided to try out Arcare Knox’s art class.
Gwen hoped that the class would help her push her boundaries, increase her self-confidence and help her make a few new friends in the process.
Although Gwen thought that her artistic skills would be have faded over the years, she soon discovered that she had a natural talent and was quite creatively inclined.
After attending her first art class, Gwen felt incredibly proud of the art she had created, and she vowed to return the following week.
Gwen has been attending the art class ever since, always arriving first, bright and early on Monday mornings, as she is keen to get started on her work. Gwen has created some amazing pieces during her time in the class, and she now proudly displays many of them around her suite, even framing a few.
“This is the best program. I have so much fun, and I really enjoy creating something different every week.” Gwen said.
Gwen’s is a testament to how you’re never too old to take up a new hobby, or try something new. Gwen’s positive attitude and encouraging story has even started to convince a few other clients, to try something new and attend more lifestyle activities.
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.