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Christadelphian Aged Care W I N T E R N E W S L E T T E R
Address: 53-67 Chamberlain Rd, Wyoming NSW 2250 Phone: (02) 4329 8000 Email: email@example.com
Welcome to Lakefront Village
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. nnn
We have been blessed with beautiful weather this month and this year had a perfect day for our “Picnic on the Green”. This is a great way to have family and friends enjoy the village. The jumping castle was once again popular and the classic cars brought back many memories. Debbie’s cakes looked delicious and sold out quickly and Kevin did a marvellous job at the BBQ. Many thanks to the stallholders and especially to all the volunteers for helping out on the day. I would like to welcome our new residents to the village and give a huge thank you to Doreen for arranging “Meet & Greet” evenings: Unit 35 • Trevor & Betty Mastello Unit 32 • Brian & Kathy Powell Maureen Flanagan Unit 1 • Unit 88 • Rex & Gayle Stapley Connie Fitzsimmons Unit 13 • SA 13 • Bryan Connolly Bronwyn Parsons Unit 70 • SA 10 • Shirley Hughes The Wyong Shire Garden competition is just around the corner and we are planning to enter the village grounds once again. It was such a thrill to receive 2nd prize last year. Entry forms are available from the office if you would like to enter your courtyard or potted plant display. Council workers have nearly completed construction of a new bridge across the creek along the foreshore of the lake on the way to Toukley. What a difference it will make for residents with scooters. It is such a beautiful spot right on our door step. Many thanks to Jeanette for the fine photo of the visiting Bush Turkey that is sometimes seen strutting around the grounds. My one day per week (Thursday) Annual Leave continues as I am walking from Sydney to Newcastle on “The Great North Walk”. We have now reached the magnificent Watagan Mountains and have some extreme hill climbs to look forward to. Happy winter season everyone. Warmest Regards, Geraldine Mustchin
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” - Philippians 2:4
Message from our CEO I would like to thank the residents of Southhaven Hostel, Casa Mia and Maranatha for their patience and understanding as the renovations at those sites continue. Whilst our staff do as much as they can to minimise the disruption to our residents, inevitably, given the scale of the refurbishment being undertaken, residents may become unsettled. Please speak to the facility manager if you have any particular concerns or suggestions as our staff continue to deal with day to day practicalities. Due to the nature of the equipment used and constant movement of people, care facilities suffer significant wear and tear and the renovation works at these 3 sites will revitalise the environment and amenity for our residents. In the next few months we will be commencing some painting and re-flooring at Ashburn House, Ridgeview and Chamberlain Gardens. Shortly we will advise residents and families of start dates. This work does not involve major construction so any disturbance to residents should be of a minor nature. 1st July is the implementation date of the new funding arrangements and other provisions of the Living Longer Living Better legislation. The legislation introduced by the former Government brings significant change to the aged care sector with an expansion of Home Care services and funding changes for Residential Care which will impact both consumers/residents and facility operators. Information regarding these changes can be found on the Living Longer Living Better website. Alternatively, specific information relating to Christadelphian Aged Care is available on our website. The existing arrangements for most residents who have entered into care prior to 1st July are "grandfathered" under the legislation. It is a privilege for Christadelphian Aged Care to look after all those who choose to live in our Homes, and I would like to once again acknowledge the dedication of all our staff and volunteers in providing the best possible environment and care for our residents. Regards, Ross Peden
Avoca Beach Theatre BBQ Lunch & Entertainment
The Lion King at The Capital Theatre
Photos from Manager’s Message New bridge across the creek along the foreshore of the lake on the way to Toukley
Activity Reviews MARCH During March the residents enjoyed 4 outings. • St Patrick’s Day was fabulous. We had a challenging drive to Berowra Waters. The entertainment was amazing and we all dressed up in green for the day. • Our night out was at The Bay Café. Beautiful food and great company. A fun time had by all. March was a great time at Lakefront.
! APRIL During April we had a “Big Day In” BBQ and entertainment. Marge Roy won the Easter Egg basket. Congratulations! • The Halekulani was a fun day and residents enjoyed the Club • Jinja at The Entrance sitting over looking at the lake and lunch - a perfect day. This gave residents time to relax and chat. • Unfortunately the Wyong Milk and Chocolate Factory wasn’t as good as we thought. This will not be a regular trip. • The night out at The Lake House was a great night.
MAY During May, we enjoyed 3 days outing and 1 night out. • The Hali is always a good day out with a 2 course lunch and entertainment. • Budgewoi Soccer Club is always enjoyable. • The Mystery Tour was a great day and I kept everyone guessing as to where we were heading. Many laughs along the way. We are looking forward to Tenth Avenue Restaurant at Budgewoi next week.
Picnic on the Green - Photos We had a perfect weather this year for our Picnic on the Green, held on Saturday 10th May 2014. Many thanks to all residents that had stalls and to those that helped out to make the day such a success. We are looking forward to next years event.
Picnic on the Green - More Photos
Activities at the Serviced Apartments I’m glad to report that Bingo has been an overwhelming success and continues to be a favoured activity with our residents. Mondays have now become their favourite day of the week and a great topic of conversation. As well as Bingo, we have Trivia once a month on Tuesdays and will soon be trialling 2 new activities. The first one being “Deal or no Deal” and the other “Secret Sound”. If all else fails we have a standby activity, Charades, which, when the “Deal or no Deal” disc was swallowed up by the DVD player, we set in motion and had the best fun with everyone having a go and a good laugh. Laughter is the best medicine they say and it sure was for us when the dreaded DVD let us down. Spring Fever is also back this month and will be held on the last Tuesday of each month starting tomorrow.
Lakefront’s Spring Fever has returned. It all started many years ago, when we moved the letterboxes from underneath the sails to the wall so residents would not get wet getting their mail. This created a lovely space in the sun to sit and relax. We decided to have an afternoon tea to celebrate the move and the rest is history. The idea is that you put your favourite recipe in a box on the day and if it is drawn out we will cook it for the next “Spring Fever”.
!We used to serve Cheese & Tomato on Sao biscuits but
have now upgraded to bruschetta, sourdough, grilled asparagus with gruyere, goat’s cheese and sun dried tomato etc. Just delicious! At our last Spring Fever we decided to play background music but it was drowned out by the chitter chatter and laughter. The next Spring Fever is on 24th June. Please bring your favourite recipe. Thanks, Jo.
Spring Fever Menu 27th May 2014 Jo’s Special Savoury Selection Dawn’s Chocolate Choko Cake Helen’s Date Loaf
The Humble Choko “Chayote – a green vegetable of the gourd family” What’s not to like about Choko’s – boiled with cracked pepper and butter, baked or in a stir fry. Last year, a resident gave me a choko that had sprouted. I was delighted and took it home and planted it. The vine took over my chooks shed and rambled it’s way uncontrollably through my garden. I have picked hundreds of chokos, bringing bags into work and have had the pleasure of watching them disappear from the front desk at the office. Many thanks to Bessie for her jar of delicious Choko Pickle and for anyone that may like to bake we have found a recipe for Choko Chocolate Cake.
CHOKO CHOCOLATE CAKE Ingredients:
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1½ cups sugar 2½ cups plain flour ½ cup milk 2 egg 1 teasp vanilla essence 125g butter (at room temp) 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cocoa 1 teasp Bicarb soda ½ teasp cinnamon ½ teasp salt 2 cups grated choko
Method: Cream butter and half the sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients including balance of sugar. Add choko and mix gently. Bake at 160º C in 23cm spring-form tin for 50-60 minutes. Cool in the tin for five minutes. To glaze, melt 60g butter + 125g dark chocolate in a double boiler. Add 1 tablespoon milk and 1 tablespoon golden syrup when the chocolate mixture is smooth. Spoon onto cooled cake.
Pastoral Care BRINGING COMFORT Life has a habit of causing disruptions and we face difficult times. And then we need to face up to loneliness, being weary in mind or body, separation from friends or family, and the loss of someone close to us, sickness and pain. And the list goes on. Sorrow is a universal emotion common to all people. For example - an old man in his mid 80's said one day to his son "What good am I now? Why does God leave me here? I feel so useless". Or a lady who just lost her husband after 45 years of marriage. She wrote in a note "I miss him so much after all these wonderful years. I cry a lot. Is it wrong to weep and feel such sorrow?" These are real issues, and maybe you can relate to them personally today. These are examples of real life experiences. In these times, we need someone who can bring help and comfort. There are times in all of our lives when we experience loss and need to be comforted. We may lose our job, or a relationship, or a dream, or a loved one. During any season of loss and grief we may feel afraid, powerless and alone. What we need most during these times is to be comforted. We need the strength and hope that come from knowing deeply that we are not alone - from knowing that the God of all comfort has promised to be present with us in times of loss. God's very name is Comforter, or ‘paraclatos’. God stands beside us, with us, listening to our complaints in the middle of the night. Listening to our quiet rage and frustration and despair, God speaks softly and says, "I am with you. I will help you. Is my arm too short that I cannot reach down to earth and help you up? Is my arm too short that I cannot help you stand again?" Our God is a God of comfort. God stands beside us and pulls us up when we are down. Psalm 34:18 says "The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope." Life begins and ends with comfort. A tiny little baby is born and this new born baby is startled by the newness of life, and the new born baby cries out. That baby is then comforted and cuddled by an attending nurse, trying to calm that baby down. The years fly by far too quickly, and that little baby becomes a dying grandma or grandpa, and at that point, that elderly baby needs to be comforted as he or she prepares to die. And so life begins and ends with comfort. And every day and every month and every year in between, human beings are designed in such a way that we need to be comforted and also give comfort to others. Our God is a God who comforts. Our God is a God who stretches his hand from heaven to pull us up when we are down. God comes to us when we are down and out, washed out, tired out, worn out. God comes down to us and comforts us just by listening to us; just by listening to the howling of our aching hearts. A favourite author Henri Nouwen once wrote about the need to have a friend who understands and helps us and brings comfort to our lives. This is what he says: When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not-knowing, not-curing, not-healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is the friend who cares (book Out of Solitude). Our deepest sympathies have According to the Bible, God is the "Father of compassion and the God gone out to the families who of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles" (II Corinthians 1:3-4). have lost their loved ones over God is a God of comfort who actively seeks to comfort us. To receive the Autmun period. comfort from God is to let God be present with us during our times of distress. It is to let God sit next to us and listen to whatever we need to say; it is to let God hold us and remind us that we are loved, we are valued and we are not alone. "Letting God be God" means letting God give himself to us as our Comfort in times of loss and distress. Sometime read Matthew 11:28-30. Allow yourself to hear this direct invitation from Jesus to come with your burdens. "If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle nnn and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy and this burden is light”. - By Chris Witts
Biblical Humour Q.
Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden ? A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.
What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant lawbreaker in the Bible? A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.
A. Ruthless. Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. Q. A. Q. A.
Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? Noah He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible? Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a Little prophet.
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What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible? God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. David's Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord. Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible? Samson. He brought the house down.
Q. Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy? A. The area around Jordan. The banks were always overflowing. Q. Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible? A. David He rocked Goliath to a very deep sleep. Q. Which Bible character had no parents? A. Joshua, son of Nun. Q. Why didn't they play cards on the Ark ? A. Because Noah was standing on the deck. P.S. Did you know it's a sin for a woman to make coffee? Yup, it's in the Bible. It says . 'He-brews'
Poor but Blessed in the Old Days
(Author Unknown) No vandals, no muggings, there was nothing to rob We met and we married a long time ago We felt we were rich with a couple of bob We worked for long hours and the wages were low People were happy in those far off days No TV, no wireless, no bath - times were hard Kinder and caring in so many ways Just a cold water tap and a walk in the yard Milkman and paperboy would whistle and sing No holiday abroad, no carpet on floors A night at the pictures was our one mad fling We had a coal fire and did not lock doors We all had to share our trouble and strife Our children arrived, no pills in those days We just had to take it - that's the pattern of life And we brought them up without any State Aid Now I'm alone and look back thought the years They were safe going out to play in the park Don't think of the bad times, the trouble and tears And old folks could go for a walk in the dark I remember the blessings, our home and our love No valium, no drugs, no LSD And that we shared them together. I thank God above. We cured most of our ills with a good cup of tea
Read, Rest & Relax!
TOP 4 RELAXATION TECHNIQUES FOR ELDERLY 1. Muscle Relaxation - In this technique, participants are encouraged to focus on tensing up and then releasing and relaxing the muscles in their main muscle groups, including their shoulders, arms, fingers, legs and toes. 2. Visualisation - This technique involves participants imagining partaking in their favourite activity in a beautiful place, such as relaxing on a sandy beach in the Mediterranean, standing on the top of a mountain in the Alps or swimming in a crystal clear lake in the Caribbean. 3. Gentle Exercise - Non-strenuous exercises, such as Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, are popular amongst the elderly, allowing them to gently stretch and strengthen their bodies while focusing on their breathing techniques. 4. Listening To Calming Music - Soothing music can help to ease fear and anxiety in the elderly.
FUNNIES - The Importance of Walking • • • • •
• My grandpa started walking 5 miles a day when he was 60. Now he's 97 years old and we have no idea where the heck he is! • I like long walks, especially when they’re taken by people who annoy me. The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing. Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate. I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them. We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
• 100g unsalted butter, extra to grease • 1 cup caster sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • Grated zest of 2 large lemons, plus juice of 3 large lemons • 4 eggs, separated • 1/2 cup self-raising flour • 2 cups milk • Icing sugar, to dust • Blueberry compote, to serve
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 28cm x 20cm baking dish.
2. Place the butter, caster sugar, vanilla and lemon zest in an electric
mixer, and beat until thick and pale. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3.Fold in half the flour, then fold in the milk. Fold in the remaining 1/4 cup flour, then fold in the lemon juice (don’t worry if the mixture looks curdled at this stage). Set aside.
4. Beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiﬀ peaks form. Gently fold into the lemon mixture, then pour into a prepared dish.
5. Place the dish in a large roasting pan and add boiling water so it comes halfway up the sides. Bake for 40 minutes until golden and set on top. Dust with icing sugar and serve with blueberry compote.
Winter W e ather 1
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ACROSS 3 The process by which snow or ice changes to water. 7 A period of very cold winter we ather that damages 8 11 12 14 16 17 18
plants. Intensely cold temperature. The temperature felt by the human body when wind makes it fe el colder than the actual temperature. Mildly cold fe eling. Bright with sunshine. Snowfall that is so he avy one can se e little or nothing on the horizon. Ice crystals on a froz en surface; " Old Jack _______." A large mass of snow that slides down a mountain.
1 A standardiz ed me asure of how hot or cold it is
outside. 2 R ain that fre e z es as it falls. 4 A tool used to me asure the temperature. 5 W ater that falls to the e arth in the form of rain, hail,
mist, sle et, or snow. 6 Pieces of ice falling from the sky. 9 A solid form of froz en water. 10 A storm with he avy snow, strong winds, and severe
cold. 13 C overed with snow. 14 A mixture of snow and water. 15 Precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals
that form inside clouds. 17 Thick water vapor that makes it hard to se e.
W O R D B A N K : Avalanche, bliz z ard, cool, fog, fre e z e, frigid, frost, hail, ice, melt, precipitation, sle et, slush, snow, snowy, sunny, temperature, thermometer, whiteout, windchill.
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