Residents share love with a sign of times

Some creative Rockhampton seniors have sent a heartfelt message to relatives who have not been able to visit them due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Residents and staff of the Carinity Shalom aged care community combined their talents to make a colourful banner.

The banner features residents’ hand-prints – representing them waving to their families – and the words “We love you all”.

Jon Hamilton, Archie Gohdes and Trudi Hamilton hold a photo of Carinity Shalom resident Arthur Hamilton in front of the colourful banner.
Jon and Trudi Hamilton hold Archie Gohdes and photo of Arthur Hamilton.

It is the Carinity Shalom residents’ way of showing loved ones such as the Hamilton and Gohdes families, relatives of resident Arthur Hamilton, that they love them.

The 87-year-old, who has three granddaughters and one great-grandson – with another great-grandchild on the way – has been living at Carinity Shalom for four years.

“When we saw the picture of the banner, we were excited and pleased that the residents were able to contribute,” Arthur’s daughter-in-law Trudi Hamilton says.

Trudi praised the “warm and welcoming and very professional” Carinity Shalom staff for their “continual friendliness and humour in their daily interactions” with residents during the coronavirus situation.

Carinity aged care staff have devised innovative ways for residents to stay in touch with families.

They range from teaching residents to do video calls to creating ‘windows of love’, special window chats for safe face-to-face visits – via a phone system hook-up – so they can chat while maintaining social distancing.

“The staff are just brilliant with their interaction with both Arthur and ourselves. I have had some phone calls and emails from nursing staff and others… and Arthur feels safe and informed,” Trudi says.

“The nursing staff are very professional and easy to talk to. They are always available to answer any questions or concerns we may have.”

Carinity Wishart Gardens diversional therapist Tracey Brisbane helps resident Jeff to do a video chat with his family.
Carinity Wishart Gardens resident Coola and her daughter enjoy a special window chat.

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