July 30, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
Despite it being incredibly cold outside, the Arcare Cheltenham community enjoyed a scenic, morning bus trip to Brighton Beach.
Although the weather was terribly icy for majority of the trip, the warm sun began shining down on the group, as the lifestyle team and volunteers setup morning tea. The group found a picnic table at Brighton beach near the Memorial Park to take a break. Clients enjoyed homemade biscuits and a hot cup of tea for morning tea, as they looked over the ocean.
While many of the clients enjoyed taking in the scenery and watching the waves, yacht club and aeroplanes fly above them, others preferred to go out and explore the beach. Many walked around, looking at the various plaques posted around the beach. The plaques depicted several famous paintings of the beach and included information on their history. Many clients said they found the experience extremely interesting.
Client, Joyce wanted to walk a little bit further to Memorial Park, as she said that she felt like she needed to pay her respects to the fallen soldiers from World War II. Among the list of names on the 1945 plaque, was her older brother who died during the war. Although Joyce was only 11 years-old when her brother left for the war, Joyce clearly recalls how excited her brother was to go off to war, and how eager he was to come home when he was there. Joyce was glad she was able to reminisce about her brother, who she lost tragically so many years ago. Client, Moira also joined Joyce, as she was interested to read all the names on the plaques.
While loading up the Arcare bus to head home, the lifestyle team spotted the Arcare Caulfield bus nearby. The Arcare Caulfield lifestyle team stopped their bus to say ‘hello’, and many of the clients got to chatting about their adventures on their respective bus outings.
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.