KnoxLife 38 November 2020
Happy where we’re at
We Voted Volunteer and Staff News The Soundtrack of Our Lives Spring Activities
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” Oprah Winfrey Oprah’s quote seems appropriate for this time when we are living in a state of readiness in the event of further community outbreaks of COVID-19.
The second lockdown The move to Alert Level 3 in August meant that Knox Home reinstated
the lockdown systems we had in place earlier in the year. Fortunately Auckland has finally retreated to Level 1 and this has allowed gradual easing of these restrictions that had included Appointment Visiting and limits on visitor numbers. Today all is back to a slightly different normal – one where QR code scanning, signing in, temperature checking are now very much standard, at least for the short term.
Going Batty Knox Knocks
Visiting Hours as at 14 October 10am – 11am 2pm – 4:30pm KnoxLife38 | 1
Sort of getting back to normal Over the past months, residents have been engaged in a range of home-based events and gradually the larger gettogethers are gaining momentum. It has also been lovely to welcome volunteers back to the Knox community. We’ve certainly missed them and all they bring to our community.
Our proud voice Our daily ritual continues when we proudly sing the Maori and English versions of our national anthem, followed by a thoughtful blessing by Brother Henry Spinks.
Staying Upright in Residential Care Research Project The Staying Upright in Residential Care Research Project is again back in full swing and residents are making great use of combined exercise groups once again. These had been continued at reduced scale in the homes during Levels 2 and 3. This University of Auckland project is a superb opportunity to trial new ways of strengthening residents and improving their wellbeing to protect from falls resulting in injury.
Residents ready for summer In the past months we have surveyed residents regarding their preferences for Leisure and Lifestyle activities and their suggestions are informing some changes. Notably many asked to be outside more often. That will be a focus over the summer months but is also a great opportunity for outings with family.
… and Christmas parties! Planning for the Children’s Christmas Party is underway. This will be Saturday 28 November, 2-4pm. This is held for the grandchildren and great grandchildren of residents also the children of team members. It is for children up to 10 years of age. Information has been emailed to the primary family contact and also delivered to residents, registration is essential. It is always a fun day and an 2 | unique and loving it
event we all enjoy, for this reason we will “plough on” with the preparations, should things change we
Puka Home update
Ready, set, Puka! The earthworks for the Puka site has been completed and we now await the Building Consent. Once this is issued, construction will commence. The consent delays have limited the value in us meeting with residents and family regarding this development. Once we have a construction start date we will recommence conversations with those residents who are affected by the move.
Ranfurly Road access closed again I have previously forwarded information regarding the closure of Ranfurly Road. This is to enable the continued work on the Hunua Pipeline. It is expected that Ranfurly Road will remain closed until late April 2021. Access to Ranfurly Road is currently only from Market Road end.
Earthworks is now complete. Construction will start as soon as we receive the Building Consent.
On a light note SONG LYRICS FOR QUARANTINE “Don’t stand so close to me” – The Police
“You can’t touch this” – MC Hammer
Residents’ Family meeting
“Dancin’ with myself” - Billy Idol
The Residents’ Family meeting is to be held on Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the MultiPurpose Room. This meeting is an opportunity for us to have a chat about Knox and our commitment to the Eden Alternative and the next stages of Knox Development.
“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine” – R.E.M.
Thank you once again, Jill
Important reminder: Please do not visit Knox at all if you have ANY flu or cold-like symptoms as we must be meticulously careful about ALL infections. There are no restrictions on you taking your family members on outings but it is wise to keep track of where you have been.
“My loneliness is killing me” – Britney Spears “Bored in the house and I’m in the house bored” – Curtis Roach
Wool please Knox is asking for donations of knitting wool as we are going to be making clothing for babies and children who are in hospital. For premature babies they ask for machine washable 4-ply wool. For full term babies it can be machine washable wool or acrylic, double knit or 4-ply is most welcome.
We’ve had our say many residents who came to listen to what their plans were for the Epsom community and questions for the candidates flowed.
everyone to fully understand what the referendums entailed and empowering them so they felt they had the power over their decisions.
Non-biased discussions were held by staff to discuss the two referendums they were able to vote on this year. Knox felt it was very important for
It was a wonderful feeling for the staff who assisted residents with the voting to see how happy they all were to have their say.
All rest homes in the country were supported by the Electoral Commission this election by providing residents who wished to vote with Special Votes, which were filled out in the home. All votes were then collected in the Ballot Box and collected from the home for counting. It was very important that voting was a smooth process for residents, and that everyone was able to make an informed decision. We had visits from our Epsom candidates on the campaign trail from the Green, Act, Labour and National parties. Each visit was attended by
Late winter marmalade The citrus trees at Knox have been bearing fruit in abundance this year. Residents and team were not going to let all of that goodness go to waste. Within Knox home kitchens, jars of marmalades were produced and enjoyed. There’s nothing like toast and homemade marmalade for breakfast!
When life gives you oranges, make marmalade 750g of mixed citrus 6 cups water 6 cups sugar Soak whole fruit in water overnight, bring to boil, simmer, add sugar, boil hard for 40 minutes, test for setting. Easy!
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Claire and Yao
Volunteers welcome back All of our volunteer crew have been greatly missed over the last few months while we have been in Levels 3 and 4. They have been welcomed back with open arms by residents and staff. Celebrating one of our amazing volunteers, Claire To celebrate Claire gifting Knox nearly 250 hours of her time, we celebrated her with a morning tea. The close bonds she has created has benefitted all parties. Thank you Claire, for all you do at Knox. We believe volunteering at Knox is a giving and receiving relationship, and many of our volunteers believe they get the most out of the relationships that are formed.
You’ll Never Guess Who 1. Who went to London when they were 17 to dance in the London Royal Ballet? 2. Which resident was part of the Boys Brigade for 37 years? 3. Who once had Kiri Te Kanawa at their house to sing and play piano for them? Answers on the back page. 4 | unique and loving it
From left to right: Megan, Ingrid and Jo
Welcome to new Knox team members Knox has welcomed a few new additions to the admin team over the past couple of months.
Ingrid RECEPTION Ingrid joined the Knox family in July and come to us with a background in administration. In her spare time she enjoys walking, spending time in the garden and has an interest in natural health. She is also an Oma to three beautiful grandchildren.
Megan VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR Megan has been with Knox for the past six months beginning as a Care Partner
Weekend paint club Every Saturday we have a wonderful group of volunteers come in to Knox to assist in running our weekend Paint Club. This day they chose to set up in our multipurpose room and run a class following a YouTube tutorial by the popular Bob Ross.
and has since moved into the Volunteer Coordinator role. She has come from the aviation industry and is enjoying getting to know all of the residents and volunteers.
Jo PHYSIO Jo is an experienced physiotherapist with many years of working in rehabilitation. She is enjoying building and creating great relationships with all of the residents. Jo is working with the team three days a week and on her days off enjoys spending time with her family.
The soundtracks of our lives Our first week of moving into Level 1 meant we were able to invite some of our regular entertainers back to Knox. Music is something that so many
residents can connect through, whether it’s enjoying the music, dancing or maybe meeting one of their friends in the crowd. From left to right, top to bottom: Warren entertaining Norma Ben playing his popular hits to Norma, Sarah and Bronnie Elaine dancing with her daughter Chewy teaching the drums to May Siggy drumming away
Our crowd favourite, Chewy, brought in his many drums that he has acquired from Africa. The engagement and participation from residents and staff was wonderful, he manages to capture the attention of all within earshot and everyone enjoys getting up to have a dance. Warren, a very talented guitar player, always draws a crowd of residents who get very involved in cheering him on. Ben is always a hit with his songs from the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a pleasure to see all the residents singing along with him and it’s phenomenal that they still recall all of the words. Knox has started to play the resident’s favourite music in the Olive Café in the mornings. Residents have entered their favourite artist and their best album into a box and one gets randomly picked every morning and played through. It’s a great opportunity to listen to many different singers and genres, and gives everyone a chance to enjoy something that they might not listen to themselves.
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The season to get outside
Spring has sprung here at Knox. Residents and families have been able to make the most of the improving weather at such a beautiful time of year. Many have chosen to take their visits outside and enjoy a lovely walk through the flower beds and greenery. All are looking forward to being able to spend more days outside relaxing in the sunshine. Many thanks goes to Rudee for keeping the grounds looking wonderful all year round.
Lifestyle and Leisure Coming out of Level 3 was a welcome relief for all, especially as it meant van outings were back on for residents. The Lifestyle and Leisure team have been making the most of the beautiful spring weather by taking days trips to Mission Bay, the eastern beaches and drives around the city. Most drives finish with a stop in the sunshine to get an icecream to enjoy together.
Vintage Kids Daycare sunflower contest Knox has a great relationship with our neighbours at Vintage Kids Daycare, and this spring we challenged them to a sunflower competition. The seeds were planted and watered with overseeing from many residents, who also took a quick trip down the road to deliver Vintage Kids their own seeds and supplies. The seeds have now sprouted and the team are in the process of finding sunny spots in the garden to transfer them to. All of the children were very happy to see their sunflowers start toÂ grow. The second Eden Alternative commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolved around close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living. 6 | unique and loving it
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Going batty Over the past month residents and staff have made good use of our greatly appreciated, donated Ping Pong table. Before moving to Knox Peter Tan was a professional Ping Pong player and still enjoys having a good rally, though nobody so far has been able to beat him. It’s a wonderful team sport and a great way to keep everyone active and engaged.
David Glen PUKA HOME David was born in England. He left school at 14 to start an engineering apprenticeship. Halfway through his apprenticeship he joined the Royal Marines Commando Brigade, where he was cheeky enough to skip out on guard duty with his friends one day. It was a day well spent as it was the day he met his future wife while she was on holiday with her friends. Two months later they were wed and they introduced their son to the family not long after. After leaving the Marines, David picked his apprenticeship back up and gained his management qualifications. He was the manager of two factories with over 1000 employees. At 35 he made the decision to come to New Zealand with his young family. When they arrived in Auckland he applied for three management positions and was lucky enough to get offered all three. His next career move took him to being a General Manager of a company that exported over six million hacksaw blades and other tools. He enjoyed this role as it involved lots of travel to places such as South Africa, France, the USA, and Canada to visit steel suppliers. His favourite place to go was the U.K, where he was lucky enough to be offered a company Jaguar so he could visit his Mother and brothers and sisters, always with a stop off at one of the local pubs.
Old friends reunite Residents, Bev and Maurine rediscovered each other at Knox. They knew each other from Girl Guides when Bev was 17! They’ve been doing a lot of catching up. Pavlova made with eggs from our chooks and topped with lemon curd and cream made with lemons from Neil’s tree. Yum!
When he decided it was time for semiretirement he was convinced to stay on as one of the company’s chairman and subsequently their Australian counterparts. He and his wife chose to enjoy their time on Waiheke Island where they spent 15 years, while living on the island David bought a factory, a shop and a couple of sections. After fully retiring David went on to be the President of the Waiheke RSA and at one stage the treasurer, here he was very proud to be able to run the Anzac parade every year. He would attend with all of his medals that he had received while he was in the Marines. David is a very proud grandfather to five grandchildren and is enjoying being at Knox and having them all within walking distance. KnoxLife38 | 7
You’ll Never Guess Who Answers
1. Judith Healey (Puriri Home) 2. Dennis Nicholson (Puka Home) 3. Lynne Wright (Weka Home)
The Eden Alternative 10 Principles 1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders. 2. An Elder-centred community commits to creating a human habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with people of all ages and abilities, as well as plants and animals. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike, with a pathway to a life worth living. 3. Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship. 4. An Elder-centred community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness. 5. An Elder-centred community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom. 6. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health. 7. Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
Millie milling around at Knox
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Knox Home Trust Board Members Dr Alastair MacCormick CHAIRMAN
Ms Marika Eastwick-Field Dr Bruce Foggo Mr Bal Matheson Mr Warwick Peacock Mr Andrew Smith Ms Kim Wright
8. An Elder-centred community honours its Elders by de-emphasising top-down bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them. 9. Creating an Elder-centred community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life. 10. Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute. The core concept of the Eden Alternative™ is simple: Care environments are habitats for human beings that should promote health, wellbeing and growth rather than facilities where the frail and elderly stagnate and decline. The Eden Alternative™ shows us how companion animals, children and plants help in providing an opportunity for meaningful contribution and care, and how the Eden Alternative works at preventing and eliminating the aged care plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom. For more information on the Eden Alternative, please visit edenalt.org
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Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital newsletter – November 2020