INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY
On the 12th of May 2020, Pathways Residences joined the world in celebrating International Nurses Day and the 200th anniversary of the birth of our model and inspiration, Florence Nightingale.
Nursing is more than just a profession; it is a vocation that requires passion, dedication and the willingness to put others ahead of oneself and go above and beyond what is expected to provide utmost holistic care to individuals. This year’s theme is “Nursing the World to Health”. That is exactly what nurses do.
COVID-19 is a strong reminder of the vital role nurses play in the health and wellbeing of all people. We thank all our colleagues who continue to battle at the forefront of this pandemic. We express our admiration for our colleagues who have come out of retirement to share expertise very much needed. We honour the memory of our colleagues who have given their lives so others may survive and return to those they love.
Nursing does not end at 5 o’clock. Nursing is never ending. We will continue to do what we do best, and that is to care. If there was one thing Florence Nightingale showed us, it is that heroes do not always wear capes. Some wear aprons (and more recently, scrubs).
We wanted to make sure that all the Mothers in the facility knew that we were thinking of them this year. It was a very different Mother’s Day for our Residents and Relatives as they were not able to spend it together for the first time in years. Therefore, to celebrate our lovely ladies we invited them to a Champagne High Tea held in the new Norfolk 1 Dining room where they were treated to a selection of petit fours, pastries and canapés. Hayley, Josephine and Danielle were all dressed up in their colourful best while they served mimosa’s and Kirsten manned the front desk to make sure that
the veritable floristry of flowers delivered on the day made their way to the beloved recipient.
This years’ services were like none others. On the 25th of April at dawn across the country, instead of standing together at memorials, we stood separately in our driveways. Likewise, for the Residents, our ANZAC service this year was a little different. We had to maintain our distance, but as our gratitude and appreciation for those who have served will never waiver, we would show our respect for those that fought for us. For our Residents, many of whom lived and served during wartime or had close family involved, ANZAC services are always a mixture of sadness and gratitude.
Our staff have been working hard over the last few months to make sure the Residents are well taken care of. We are so proud of the effort our team have made over this pandemic. We always strive to maintain our company values of Respect, Harmony and Trust and our team have done an admirable job of upholding these during difficult circumstances. The 12th of May was International Nurses Day, but we wanted to make sure that all of our staff; including the GSO’s and Kitchen staff, Cleaners, Laundry staff, Allied Health, Maintenance staff and Admin as well as the nurses knew how much we appreciated them. This is why on Wednesday the 13th we decorated our Reception area with balloons, posters and photos of all of our wonderful staff, along with pizzas delivered across the shifts for the staff to devour. No part is unimportant.
KEEPING BUSY IN ISOLATION
By no means have we been idle here at Cronulla Pines during this outbreak. In fact, we have been breaking out in a sweat trying to keep up with the Residents! Our Euroka staff have kept the Residents looking their beautiful best, even in lock-down, maintaining their signature service with a smile and providing in-room treatments for those who are unable to come to the Salon. Sarah, Ash and Antony (the new kid on the block) have been making sure the Residents maintain their physiques with workout classes, relaxation and meditation and 1-1 exercises. Friday afternoons, between 4 and 5, have become the happiest hour of the week. Hayley and Danielle keeping the wine glasses full as they stimulate the Residents brains with trivia and games. Even though we have not been able to take the bus out, Dave the bus driver has been coming in Wednesdays and Fridays to spend some quality time with the boys. He has become a master puzzler, a skilled walk companion and expert golf putter. Resident friendships have strengthened and grown, the staffs creativity and imagination has been tested and together we have managed to muddle through pretty well.
CURRENT RESTRICTIONS – WHAT THE RESIDENTS THINK
During the last two Residents Meetings Danielle has made sure to check in with the Residents on how they are feeling during this pandemic and how they thought the facility was dealing with events.
They have all agreed with how we have managed the facility and thought we have been doing a good job.
They understood the compulsion to close in March/April and appreciated that we made that decision for them. Understandably, they miss their families and would love it if they could have visitors every day, but majority understand the need for caution and think that the current visiting restrictions are perfectly fine and reasonable. And whilst there is always room for improvement (they would like to be kept in the loop a little bit more) overall they think we have done a fantastic job.
Due to the latest advice regarding COVID-19, our Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission site visit has been postponed. We will be notified when this site visit will be going ahead and inform you all.
Warm Winter Treat
From our Executive Chef, Barry Rogers
It’s that time of the year where the Chefs at Pathways put their creative minds to work to create another exciting seasonal menu for the colder months ahead.
After consultation with our Residents, Pathways has included in the new menu an extra hot meal choice at Dinner time.
A selection of old favourites and some new tastes are included such as:
- Traditional Cornish pasties
- Greek Moussaka.
- Poached Ocean Trout herb mayonnaise.
- Pickled Pork and mustard seed sauce.
- Bubble and Squeak Fritters.
- Lamb chops with tomato and onion.
- Lots of Seafood dishes- Prawns, Calamari, Salmon, Fried Seafood basket.
And for dessert:
- Queens Pudding.
- Apple turnover.
- Pear and raisin crumble.
Here we have included our recipe for Cornish Pasties. Hope you will enjoy.
Easy Cornish Pasty Recipe
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Cuisine: British, Cornish, English
- 500 g shortcrust pastry
- 150 g potato chopped or diced
- 75 g swede chopped or diced
- 75 g onion diced
- 200 g beef skirt diced
- 30 g butter
- 1 egg beaten
- Lashings of salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 165c and line a large baking sheet with baking
- Roll out your shortcrust pastry and cut around a 20cm plate to make
a circle of pastry. Lay out on a work surface dusted lightly with flour.
Repeat with the remaining pastry so you have 3 pastry circles.
- Lay 1/3 of the potato, swede, onion and finally beef skirt on the
centre of each circle. Aim to have the ingredients well spread out so
as each bite gets a mix of flavours.
- Add a small knob of butter on top of each pile of ingredients.
- Season extremely well with salt and pepper. This step is vital, please
don’t skimp! You want to feel the heat from the black pepper as you
eat your pasty.
- Fold one pastry side over to meet the other, enveloping all the filling
in. If any bots stray, simply poke them back in. Gently press the
two edges together, and then crimp to form a sealed edge along the
- Lay out on the lined baking sheet, then brush generously with the
egg wash. No need to pierce a hole in your pasty, try to keep the
pastry intact if you can.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes. Remove and devour
hot, or let cool fully on a wire cooling rack before packing away in a
Calendar of special dates, activities & events
The Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend
Bus Trips Resume
6th – 10th
Spanish Film and Food Festival