Ageing Well Staff Profile: Raine
Raine Newport is a Support Worker based in Rockhampton and part of our Ageing Well team – Deaf Services and the Deaf Society’s aged care program.
Raine has been drawing rave reviews from our Ageing Well clients thanks to her vibrant and varied activity program. We caught up with her to find out what the fuss was all about!
I have been working as an Ageing Well since November 2020. I connected to the Deaf community through a friendship with a Deaf lady who helped run the local Auslan community classes.
She introduced me to other members of the Deaf community, and we got together weekly to socialise and shop and developed friendships from there!
Group activities are essential for the health and wellbeing of our Ageing Well clients. Many of them in Rockhampton are quite socially isolated and only regularly talk to other members of their household.
Group activities provide our clients with the opportunity to converse in Auslan with other deaf people in the community, as well as being a great way to share new experiences and break up old routines.
My favourite activity we’ve done so far has been painting birdhouses in the local Kershaw Gardens – a real chance for our clients to enjoy the outdoors and be creative. Beyond this, clients can spend time outside watching the birds enjoy their creation!
If money were no object, I'd love our clients to participate in the "meerkat meetup" activity at the local zoo. This is a hands-on encounter opportunity with meerkats and includes photos. I think that would be a once in a lifetime experience that would provide fond memories for years to come.
There's still so much outreach that can be done to connect with Deaf seniors in Rockhampton and make them aware of everything available to them through Deaf Services and the Deaf Society.