THE PATHWAYS ASHLEY HOUSE NEWSLETTER

WINTER 2020

Roseville Times

MICHELLE’S COLUMN

Dear Residents and Friends

The autumn of 2020 will be a memorable season in my lifetime. This is the season where I had the privilege to be a part of Pathways Health Group serving residents, families and staff in Ashley House at the peak of the pandemic COVID-19. First of all, allow me to extend my gratitude to the warm welcome and support I’ve received, despite meeting in a different platform that is far from the standard norm.

My name is Michelle Pingol, I am the new Executive Manager of Pathways Ashley House. I have been in the nursing industry since 2005
and have been a qualified registered nurse in 3 countries. My heart was taken by the Aged care industry about 10 years ago. Through this time, I was privilege to gain experience in various roles. From registered nurse role to care manager, care director, educator, research, deputy and director of nursing role. I am also blessed to be given an opportunity to be one of the lead team in commissioning two aged care facilities.

Ashley House reminds me of going to my grandparents’ home. A home where there is a warm, loving, safe and gentle atmosphere. The resident, families and the staff made this loving environment that is now a home. Here in Ashley House, we continue to provide the best personal and clinical care to our amazing residents with love and respect. We will continue to provide our service with the foundation of our values which are harmony, trust and respect.

Let’s continue to partner together in providing a safe and better home for our valued residents.

Once again, thank you for the warm welcome and support.

I am deeply humbled.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BINGO BANANZA!! Once a month, we will put on a special game of Bingo, with big prizes and new and exciting twists!

Happy Hour shall now be held once a week. Falling on a Friday, around 3:30PM, the residents will be presented with drinks and nibbles, and even a sing along or two. The content of Happy Hour shall change from week to week, including different topics of conversation and stimulation.

Bus Trips will be recommencing as of Tuesday 2nd June 2020. To kick off, we shall be taking a drive through the stunning autumn streets of Wahroonga, stopping at the park and having a spot of morning tea and coffee.

For something a little different, the lifestyle team will be putting together a Wine and Cheese night in the coming weeks. We shall be serving a selection of red and white wines (and some beef for those non-wine drinkers) accompanied by a range of different cheeses.

We shall be continuing on with the traditional dances once every 3 month. Each dance will bring a new element of entertainment and excitement.

As we enjoy these crisp winter mornings, most activities shall be conducted inside. However, on those warmer days, we shall be taking our standard bowling games outside into the garden for a bit of fresh air and vitamin D!

LIFESTYLE TEAM UPDATE

Sadly, our beloved Belinda Muldoon has left Ashley House in pursuit of a new career. We wish her the very best in her endeavours and hope this new career brings her a fresh take on life.

With that, we would like to introduce our interim Lifestyle team: Pramila Dhakal and Dolma Sherpa. Together, this lovely duo have an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience in the aged care industry. They have both been through our Hope U Care program which is centred around residents with dementia, and have had previous experience working with Belinda to run activities.

MILESTONE BIRTHDAYS

We would like to make a special mention to the following residents who reached a special birthday milestone

Mary Shahinian – 80yrs old
Mary Gray – 90 yrs old
Helen Griffen-Foley – 90 yrs old
Margaret Mooney – 95 yrs old

THE BARDS CORNER

No Time – A poem by Thea Raftos

Rushing, bustling all the time.
Running here, rushing there.
Doesn’t allow one to make the climb.
If one is not still, and have some quite times.
If one is not allowed, to determine one’s
own life and follow one’s own path.
One loses self,
And stays just resigned.
To the endless, relentless, numbing grind.

MOTHERS DAY

On Sunday 10th May, the staff made an extra special effort to celebrate all the wonderful, inspiring, amazing mother’s that reside at Ashley House. We put on a beautiful lunch, including chicken breast stuffed with spinach and ricotta, roast potato and steamed greens, and decked the dining rooms with new table settings.

Each mother received a specialised gift, chocolate and card, prepared by the lifestyle team with love.

GERRY’S BIRTHDAY

On Sunday 10th May, the staff made an extra special effort to celebrate all the wonderful, inspiring, amazing mother’s that reside at Ashley House. We put on a beautiful lunch, including chicken breast stuffed with spinach and ricotta, roast potato and steamed greens, and decked the dining rooms with new table settings.

LIFESTYLE

Our lifestyle team have been working closely with our EM, Michelle, to come up with new and exciting activities that accommodate for all
residents of Ashley House.

To keep families connected during COVID-19, the residents partook in an arts and crafts activity where they created cards for their families, including a beautiful image of an iconic landmark and a heartfelt message. The cards were then sent out to the families via post, and were well received.

Recently, we have managed to connect the lounge room TV’s to Youtube, and have been utilising this resource to play videos and music through the days, which has led to a few dance parties in the front room! The lifestyle team have put on some golden oldies from the 1920s and 30s, and the residents have found their groove and bopped along to the tune. We are now implementing this regularly, not only to stimulate happiness and positivity, but also utilising it as a form of exercise!

On the 28th May 2020, the staff performed 3 x individual Nepalese dances, in traditional Nepalese attire. It was placed in the car park, where  the residents were seated and provided refreshments.

OUR EMPLOYEE’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The last 6 months of 2020 have been a very trying time for everyone, especially the front liners of the health care industry. We want to recognise and celebrate our staff for surviving the peak of COVID-19 and not giving up.

We will not give in, we will not back down!

Each employee will receive a certificate of acknowledgement for their efforts during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2019-2020.

• NOTICES •

Happy Birthday

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to all those who are celebrating a birthday in the coming months, have a fantastic day!

Resident and family meeting

Upstairs dining room 2pm:
Thursday 9th Jan | Friday 6th
Mar Wed 6th May | Tues 7th July
Mon 7th Sept | Thurs 5th Nov

Thank You

Upstairs dining room 2pm:

Thank you to Josie’s daughter, Sam and her work colleagues for purchasing special Christmas presents for the resident.

Thank you to Rotary Club in Chatswood for donating Christmas present to the residents.

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.
RECIPE

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
Servings: 3

  • 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
METHOD
  1. Preheat the oven to 165c and line a large baking sheet with baking
    paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add a small knob of butter on top of each pile of ingredients.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
    pasty.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
    lunch box.