KnoxLife 39 March 2021
Shifting sands of summer still great “Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
Summer of preparedness The summer weather has been lovely and for many the beach has been a great escape. At Knox we have been pretty busy preparing documentation for the upcoming Certification and
Accreditation Audits in March. The recent community outbreak of COVID-19 and change in Alert Level required reinstatement of the lockdown systems we had in place earlier in the year. QR Code scanning, signing in, temperature checking are now very much standard and required of all Knox visitors.
Construction update Poetry dreams come true The joys of summer New Knox team members Natty knitters Lottie’s story Christmas in pictures
Over the next weeks we will receive information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, some of our care team will also run short sessions for the whole Knox community to discuss the plan for vaccination as this comes to hand. KnoxLife39 | 1
Knox is a registered charity One way you can help us to continue providing these services for the security of the Home’s future is to consider making a donation or provision for a bequest. If you would like to leave a gift to Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital in your Will, we suggest you consult a lawyer, the Public Trust or a Trustee company.
Blessing of the new Puka Home site
Visiting Hours as at 23 February: • 10am – 11am • 2pm – 6pm
The great outdoors Many more Leisure and Lifestyle activities are outdoors, as was requested by residents when we surveyed their preferences. This has included outings to the beach, parks, local walks and having the regular dayto-day activities in courtyards. The Children’s Christmas Party, held for the grandchildren and great grandchildren of residents as well as the children of team members was a great success.
Employer of the Year In November, Knox was named winner of the Westpac Business Chamber “Employer of the Year” at the Auckland Business Awards. This was a great honour. Thanks to sponsors – Catalyst Group and Westpac. Knox was also a finalist in the category “Excellence in Community Contribution”.
New care initiative In March we will be launching a new care initiative called “My 90 Day Plan”. This is a way of capturing the everyday things that are important to each person such as exercise, daily rhythm, strengths – those things that support a sense of calm and wellbeing. They will be in each resident’s room and the focus on 90 Days reflects that these need to be dynamic.
Team developments In the past month we have welcomed two Care Guides to our team, joining 2 | unique and loving it
Sheena Benitez. They are Fanny Mattson, formerly RN in Weka Home and Kylie Ramea. Kylie also takes the role of Kaia-whina and will support the growth of Tikanga Māori at Knox. Kylie replaces Alex Nanai who has commenced his RN studies; remaining part of our weekend team.
Construction update Once building consent had been given for the new Puka Home site it was important to get the site blessed before building commenced. Team member, Kylie and Knox resident Brother Henry performed the blessing. The digging for the foundations has begun and residents are checking up on progress and keeping a watchful eye during their daily walks. Once we have certainty of a completion date we will again contact families of those residents affected to discuss the move. Ranfurly Road remains closed to enable the continued work on the Hunua Pipeline closed until late April 2021.
Residents’ Family meeting The Residents’ Family meeting is to be held on Tuesday 6 April 2021 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, the Puka and Totara developments as well as the COVID-19 vaccination programme and “My 90 Day Plan” for residents. Thank you once again, JILL
Day in the Life book launch May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s birthday and it was also a special day in New Zealand as it was our last day in the first 2020 lockdown (until August for us Aucklanders). Jill asked residents if they were able to record their thoughts and feelings about their experience through Levels 4 and 3. The result was so many stories that enabled us to create our own Knox Day in the Life book. It’s a great book full of residents memories and experiences through a challenging seven weeks. The launch of the book was celebrated by staff and resident’s with a morning tea and a reflection of the year that had been.
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.
Our little Christmas gifts Knox was lucky enough to have a visit from the St Cuthberts Little Jammers. They came in their festive outfits and sang Christmas Carols for the residents.
Deborah’s poetry together at last
Bloomin’ good flower contest
Deborah’s inspiration for her poetry is her Mother and Aunty Heather who also had a passion for poetry.
Our great relationship with our neighbours Vintage Kids may be at risk, as their sunflowers streaked ahead of our own in our sunflower contest! It was a delight to see the children come down the road regularly to peek through the fence and see how their flowers were growing.
It was a pleasure to see Deborah’s face when she finally laid eyes on the finished result. Her poems draw on inspiration of nature, flowers, painting and family.
Vintage Kids are awesome neighbours and we value the friendship of their community.
It has always been a dream of resident Deborah to be able to bring all of her poetry together into a book for others to enjoy. This year her dream was brought into reality when she was introduced to Knox Volunteer, Natalie. Through her work as a script writer, Natalie knows quite a few people in the publishing industry and was able to help Deborah with the design of her book.
Men can lunch too To celebrate and bring the guys living at Knox together, a Men’s Lunch was thrown for them. There was a wonderful group present and the conversations flowed while they all caught up. Fish and chips and a few beverages were ordered in. It was a great success and all agreed on joining again next time.
I love to have a beer with Duncan, cause Duncan’s me mate!
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New team roles Care Guides: Fanny and Kylie Fanny and Kylie are joining Sheena in Care Guide roles. Their roles are to act as guides, to coach and mentor the care team and in particular new team members.
Pat’s talent show Pat, one of Knox’s newest residents, has been providing everyone at Knox with some spontaneous performances on the piano. Residents and staff have been enjoying listening to her classical music. She began playing when she was eight years old and has loved playing ever since.
Fanny has been with Knox for two years as a registered nurse and is looking forward to bringing her skills into the new role. Kylie has come into the Care Guide role after being a Care Partner at Knox for the last year. She is also taking on the Kaia-whina role which means Kai – a person performing a role and Awhina – to support and assist. This part of her role embodies the core essence and nature of a workforce that is passionate, resilient, diverse, skilled and committed to supporting hauora (holistic wellbeing) outcomes of all. When we acknowledge the mana of the word, we understand the mana of Kaia-whina.
Left to right: Kylie, Fanny and Shayne
Just breathe Part of our Lifestyle and Leisure team, Louise is also a registered yoga teacher. She has introduced a chair yoga and meditation class for the residents. Knox believes that mindfulness is part of our overall wellbeing and mindfulness allows the opportunity for internal reflection and relaxation.
You’ll Never Guess Who
Ko Te Ramaroa a Kupe te Maunga Ko Matariki te rere e rere mai ana Ko Rahiri te Tangata Ko Whiria te pa-, te paiaka o te riri, te kawa o Ra-hiri Ko Hokianga te Moana Ko Pakanae te Marae Ko Maraeroa to Whare Tupuna Ko Nga-ti Korokoro, ko Nga-ti Wharara, Ko Te Pouka nga- hapu- o te wahapu- o “Hokianga Nui a Kupe, Hokianga Whakapau Karakia e” Ko Kylie Ramea Ahua
Quality Coordinator: Shayne Shayne has recently joined our team and has been very busy preparing for our audit in March. He comes from an engineering background and has been working in Malaysia and India. In his spare time he referees underwater hockey and enjoys the outdoors. He has two adult children – one in New Zealand, one in Brisbane.
1. Which resident is a successful artist, painting Auckland scenes and stylised florals that were exhibited and sold through the 70’s and 80’s? 2. Who spent 50 years in Chile and speaks fluent Spanish? 3. Who’s a long term resident of Epsom, living in Market Road for 46 years? Answers on the back page. 4 | unique and loving it
Well done to 11 team members who completed the Communications course.
KS OC KN
Lottie Peirse WEKA HOME
Enjoying salad days at Knox
Jefferson’s garden At the start of summer, Jefferson was helping Rudi replant one of the Knox garden beds with tomatoes and lettuces. With the thought to make his own meal from the produce he’s grown, he asked for a trip to the garden centre to pick up some garlic, chillies and herbs. He has looked after them meticulously.
Lottie is the youngest of five siblings, with two brothers and two sisters. She spent much of her childhood between Wellington, Rotorua and Waipukurau. Around the age of 10, even though she prayed every night to be able to walk in the morning, she came to realise that it was never going to happen and she was okay with it. Her acceptance of her Cerebral Palsy has contributed to her wonderful outlook on life, which is to be envied by many. From a young age she lived away from home while attending boarding school. Some of her fondest memories are of attending Kimi Ora School in Wellington from six until the age of 13. Here, she learned many life lessons about respect, caring, sharing and the importance of physiotherapy every day. This was also where she learnt never to judge a book by its cover. After finishing school with School Cert English, Lottie then chose to do an 18-week crash course in Horticulture as she always enjoyed being around plants. She also did a couple of Bible Studies courses. After living at home with her parents for two and a half years, she realised it was time for some independence. She contacted her field officer, without her parent’s knowledge, and went to look at a shared home in Palmerston North. It was just what she wanted and went home to tell her parents. Six weeks later she had moved out. This is where she spent 11 and a half years living and learning to become independent.
Needles & Natter Group
Lottie’s move to Auckland was influenced by the arrival of many nieces and nephews and wanting to be closer to them and her parents.
Residents have been busy at a knitting group. It was decided that Peggy Squares would be made, and once enough were knitted, a blanket would be sewn together to donate. The skill and speed that many residents have with their knitting is astonishing even though many of them claim that they no longer know how to knit. It seems to come back to them quite quickly after watching a few of the others in the group.
In 2017 Lottie finished writing a biography about her life and all of her experiences. Nowadays Lottie enjoys time with her family, embroidery, listening to audio books, going to the movies and making new friends. KnoxLife39 | 5
Christmas Party The end of 2020 was celebrated with our annual Children’s Christmas Party. We all felt very lucky to be able to enjoy the day and have the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family. Planning was a little different this year
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as we tried to keep activities outside as much as possible. Knox’s hairdresser, Maylene, always brings some wonderful additions to the day with her many farm animals for the children to enjoy.
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You’ll Never Guess Who Answers
1. Eirlys Shand (Nikau Home) 2. Sean O’Connor (Totara Home) 3. Natalie Taplin (Puka 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.
New Canine Companion Frank Care Partner, Lucy brings her 6-year old Cavoodle Frank with her to Knox every day.
Keep up-to-date with all that’s happening at Knox facebook.com/ ElizabethKnoxHome
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
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. 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 – March 2021