July 9, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
The aim of the information session with family members was to help create a better understanding of dementia and reduce its stigma, and to also help families identify the best strategies to have A Better Visit with their loved one who is living with dementia.
The A Better Visit presentation was conducted by Dementia Australia educator, Garrie. The workshop and presentation gave families members the opportunity to get to know each other better and share their own experiences with dementia.
Garrie shared useful information about: what dementia is; the various ways it can affect people; and how family members could have A Better Visit with their loved ones affected by dementia.
Garrie provided simple, practical strategies, such as undertaking an activity – with his own dad he used to peel potatoes.
Family member, Elizabeth said a couple of days after the presentation, “I tried shelling peas with Mum today! It worked so well!”
The session was incredibly helpful for the family members and team members who attended. Family member, Jackie said, “It was all explained so clearly. I have a much better understanding now… I’m going to bring in some shoes in for Dad to shine as we chat!”
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.