Sailors Bay News
Pathways Sailors Bay Executive Manager, Marie Pearsall
A warm welcome to those new residents & representatives who have joined us since our last Newsletter was released. It is a great pleasure to have you here with us at Pathways and we would like to wish you and your family a very pleasant and enjoyable stay. We consider the facility the residents’ home so please let us know if we can be of any assistance to you during the settling in period.
The new renovation on Level 1 with the arch partition, which has pleased so many, was finally completed last week. Looking beautiful as planned and a feel of a boutique style atmosphere, it has delivered a comfortable and warmth like atmosphere.
Management would like to thank those residents & representatives for patience & understanding throughout the repair time of the air conditioning unit. At all times management endeavours to action repairs immediately to minimise any inconvenience it may have on our residents, representatives and staff.
As we head into the cooler months, please continue to use the Cutan hand foam which is located at the entrance and exit of the facility to minimise the risk of any chance of
outbreaks occurring. If you have cold or gastro symptoms please refrain from visiting so we can continue to protect our residents.
Thank you to those residents and family members acknowledging the letter that was sent out informing of the positive changes and updates in relation to our staff here at Sailors Bay. Pathways are proud of the staff and their contribution in caring for the residents and families and upholding Pathways values being harmony, respect and trust.
I am pleased to inform also that we have 2 residents who have contributed to this Newsletter in their own way – thank you to Chris and Steve for your contribution and support.
The Residents in Baringa have been having a lot of fun this year. We held a High Tea for them in February with lovely little cakes and savouries which they were delighted with and devoured enthusiastically.
A lot of laughter has been enjoyed with the new resources purchased in January, especially the play dough, the Jumbling Tower and the foam blocks. Regular activities such as gentle exercises, ball catching, painting and colouring continue.
We have also initiated a new process of hand washing before meals with special individual cloths.
Residents in the Suites enjoy their bus trips immensely. We travel not only to Northern and Eastern beaches, our wonderful National Parks, places of interest such as the Baha’i Temple in Ingleside, but also to large nurseries and once a month to the St Ives Shopping Centre.
These trips are very important in maintaining links to the community as well as the camaraderie and reminiscence generated. Not to mention the fun and laughter!
Under the supervision of the Hope U Care nurses, a group of Residents are relishing a range of art and craft activities from painting to collage, many based on themes such as Australia Day, St Patrick’s Day, Chinese New Year and Harmony Day. The concentration on tasks is a joy to behold.
They also engage in a variety of word puzzles and associated activities to keep up their mental alertness.
PATHWAYS SAILORS BAY
A Review from Respite Residents Steve
My name is Steve. I am currently enjoying my tenth respite visit to Pathways Sailors Bay. My first stay was in May 2014, not long after opening, when I think we were just seven residents on the first floor.
I enjoy Pathways every time I visit. The nice thing is that some of the staff have been here from “day one” so I have got to know them very well. Indeed staff remember my likes and dislikes and my daily routine so that each stay runs smoothly from the minute I arrive at what has become my home away from home.
All the staff from the front desk through to the cleaners are very friendly and caring. They represent a variety of nationalities. I enjoy hearing about their culture and families. I have even learnt about Nepalese dumplings!
I enjoy a chat and love to hear other residents’ life stories. The Tram Espresso Café is a great place to catch up with residents and with my visiting friends and family. The café staff also know my order; no need to order, the (excellent!) coffee just appears!
The five-star facilities at Sailors Bay are perfect for me being wheelchair bound. In fact I get a lot more exercise here than I do at home, not only from Paul’s twice weekly exercise classes but from having the space and perfect terrain to wheel myself around, albeit at a very slow pace!
Even the food is good! Barry, the head chef, is responsive to any requests for change/ improvements. I try to eat lunch and dinner in the dining room as much as possible as I enjoy catching up with fellow residents.
There is never a shortage of things to do; the weekly programme always has something to offer to those who wish to participate. I especially enjoy the bus trips which have taken me to places I have not been able to go to for many years including Bobbin Head, Clareville Beach, Bondi & Clovelly.
Bingo is a highlight of the week, not only for the fun of it but also for those Freddo Frogs!
The Melbourne Cup is one of the highlights on the calendar with a fashion show and of course the chance to join in a sweep.
I have even spent Christmas at Pathways and enjoyed carols sung by children from a local school. Both my wife and I were amazed by the tasty Christmas lunch! Full marks to Barry and his team again!
As we approach the NSW elections I am impressed that we will even have our own private pre-polling booth. How much easier can it get?!
Respite is crucial for my wife who works tirelessly looking after me at home 24/7. However it also allows me to enjoy some independence and gives me a break from my home routine…. and my wife!
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.