November 14, 2019
Written by Rachel Bailey
In November, Oaks Day raced into the Arcare aged care communities across Victoria.
Spring flowers, bright colours and fascinators could be seen throughout the Arcare Cheltenham community, as clients and team members dressed to impress, for Ladies Day during the Spring Carnival.
The lifestyle team organised a grass carpet, for clients and team members to walk down and take photos on; just like the runaway on Fashions on the Field.
After everyone finished taking their photos and having their moment in the spotlight, the clients went to enjoy an afternoon high tea in the dining room. During the high tea, the lifestyle team announced the winners of Melbourne Cup sweep, as well as handing out prizes for the best dressed and best hat of the day.
The Arcare Keysborough community celebrated Oaks Day with a glamourous high tea and sweep competition. Many of the ladies had pre-planned their ensembles days before, as they were determined to look their best for Ladies Day. Everyone looked lovely in their splendid race attire, and enjoyed showing off as they posed for photos.
The lifestyle team spent most of morning, madly running around the residence, handing out horses and numbers to the clients, so that everyone could be involved in the sweep competition. Everyone gathered together for the announcement of the sweep winners. Lots of lucky clients, left wit an abundance of prizes. Client, Juliet was especially pleased with herself as she took out first prize.
For entertainment, the community were treated to a performance from Michael the Piano Man. Michael sang, and played some nostalgic songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s decades, which created a calm and warm ambiance within the residence, evoking clients’ old memories, while creating new ones.
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To celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival’s Ladies Day, the Arcare Templestowe community decided focus less on the horse racing and more on the fashion, throwing a glamourous fashion competition.
The week prior to Oaks Day, the ladies attended craft group to construct their very own fascinators for the event. The ladies spent hours carefully selecting the bases and materials, in which they would construct their fascinators with.
Arcare Templestowe carer, model and guest judge, Daniel was kept busy on Oaks Day, as he had the pleasure of escorting the ladies on the red carpet during Fashions on the Field.
Red seemed to be the colour of the day, with many ladies choosing to wear striking red dresses.
Guest judge, Daniel had his work cut out choosing a winner from the ladies section in Fashions on the Field. However unfortunately, there could only be one winner, and that was Margaret. Margaret stunned the crowd, wearing a beautiful blue layered dress with a lovely over-shirt. Margaret even made her fasinator herself, taking the time to ensure that each feather perfectly complimented the pink tones in her loose over-shirt.
Les was the winner in the men’s division of the Fashions on the Field. Les was styled by Arcare Templestowe’s very own fashion star and carer, Holly.
The clients were thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in Arcare Temlestowe’s 1st Oaks Day celebration.
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.