Opening of Stage Two Links
We are looking forward to opening our extension of our dedicated Dementia and Palliative Care unit. It is wonderful to be able to provide these services to the Shire Community. Working very closely with Dementia specialists and our palliative care partnership with Calvary Hospital, this extension will provide much needed care for those in this wonderful community that has welcomed us.
Sandy Kumari has been promoted to Clinical Co-ordinator as a support to clinical governance, she will be on site Monday to Friday. She has been with Cronulla Pines as a RN since our opening and has proven to demonstrate strong leadership skills with the staff and compassion amongst the residents.
Mark Whitehead has been welcomed to the position of Head Chef, starting March. He brings many years of experience in hospitality and we are excited to see what he will bring to the role.
Chet Sapkota and Sristi Kharel have newly been promoted to Registered Nurses within the facility. As AINs, they frequently displayed our values of Trust, Respect and Harmony so we were delighted to offer them positions in our new graduate program. Leah Gadd has recently moved from Western Australia to join our team, also as a new graduate Registered Nurse. Although junior, they are fresh out of uni, bright and eager to learn.
We are pleased to offer them all a warm welcome and congratulations, and trust you will do the same, as they grow into these new roles.
THE FUN STUFF
The last 6 months have been awash with fun, festive and full-on activities, making sure the Residents get to observe all manner of cultural celebrations and fill their days with excitement.
The boys got a bit of special treatment in honour of Father’s day with BBQ, beers and big screen footy in the cinema. We created our own Bier hall for Oktoberfest trying different German and local beers. The bus took us on an adventure over the Bridge and the Residents got to sticky beak at one of our sister facilities, Pathways Sailors Bay in Northbridge. We tapped into our inner florists designing some beautiful table posies during our flower arranging classes. Charles showed off his footloose and fancy-free moves when he came for a dance party with the Residents. A tasty sausage sizzle was cooked outside on the BBQ in the Level 1 courtyard for Australia Day. Not to mention the regular roundup of reoccurring activities, including exercise classes, movies, entertainers, Zumba, happy hour, meditation and the most popular: BINGO!
The South Pacific blew into the facility when we celebrated our second birthday in style by taking over the Pines 1 dining room and transforming it into a Tiki Bar.
The Residents chatted and mingled with one another as they ordered Mai Tai’s and Hurricanes from the bar and nibbled on tropical inspired canapés. Any party would not be complete without a birthday cake, a roaring rendition of “Happy Birthday” was sung before one of our first residents cut the cake amongst cheers from staff and residents alike.
RESIDENT CHRISTMAS PARTY
Balloons streaming from the ceilings, glitter gilding the tables, delicious aromas wafting through the halls and a sneaky tipple of champagne.
It is the biggest day of the year for the Residents and the staff, and 2018’s Christmas party was no different. The outstanding element from the party was without a doubt the entertainers. We have received numerous comments from both Residents and Relatives of how wonderful the music was and how our wandering minstrels created such a fantastic atmosphere. Most delightful was watching the staff getting the Residents up for a whirl on the dance floor. The Residents all agreed, even though it hurt their knees, they would have gone on dancing all night.
Keeping in touch with the community is an important way of making sure the Residents stay connected with the world around them and the lives they shared before coming into the facility.
We tried to do this through a variety of methods throughout the end of last year. Local NRL club The Sharks joined us for afternoon tea in the café with the Residents. Two of the first grade players came and chatted with the Residents about the season that just occurred, as well as the Residents connection to footy over the years. (One of our Residents husbands was a leading figure and player in the Wests Tigers). Woolooware Primary School joined us to “Read with a Purpose.” Some of their students came to seek help off our Residents and gained encouragement and confidence. Furthermore, one of our RNs lost it! Literally. Gill Davies participated in The World’s Greatest Shave to raise money for blood cancer research. We helped her host an event in the café with the Residents, complete with the big chop done by our hairdresser Hayley.
Being a multicultural society is one of the greatest strengths we possess as a nation and we are proud to represent that within our workforce.
Naturally, many of the Residents have asked our staff about their backgrounds and the differences between the two cultures. A few of our Nepalese nurses were keen to show off their homes to the Residents and teach them some of their customs. The Residents were invited down to the cinema, to watch a short video about Nepal and the customs observed during wedding ceremonies. The girls then showed off some of their beautiful sarees and even demonstrated how to wrap them.
We boogied the morning away with a silent disco in the Links. The Residents were equipped with their own headphones and streamers as they listened to some classic tunes and showed off some dance moves.
Calendar of special dates, activities & events
April – June 2019
Black Pepper Fashion Parade
Celtic Connection entertainers
Art from the HeART
Friday 15 – Monday 22
Good Friday to Easter Monday
The Memory Man
Charles the Dance Tutor
Art from the HeART
Gail Browning Pianist
Please note that the days and dates listed above may be subject to change.