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Gazette Guardian

Autumn 2008

Ken and Lillian celebrate their love They said “I do” in 1948 and now 60 years on Ken and Lillian Mason have renewed their wedding vows in front of friends, family, staff and residents at Guardian at Merrivale in Whangarei. The couple, with Lillian looking resplendent in a bright pink dress – Lillian’s favourite colour – and pearls, walked into the room arm-in-arm accompanied by music from the rest home’s pianist. Flowers, balloons, wedding photos and a giant heart-shaped archway adorned the room. Ken and Lillian’s two original bridesmaids also attended the ceremony, which was followed by a “high tea” and wedding cake. Family and friends travelled from as far away as Australia to attend the celebration. “It’s a special day for us…I didn’t expect to cry like I have,” Ken said.“We’ve never been made so much fuss of. It’s really something and we really want to thank everyone.” Ken and Lillian first met at a softball game in 1946 and were married at the Presbyterian Church in Dargaville on March 13, 1948. “Nobody had ever seen a church so full of flowers,” Lillian said of the beautiful floral arrangements Ken’s mother and sister had made. Lillian’s wedding dress was taffeta embossed with hundreds of tiny daisies and as the sun shone through the windows of the church the flowers sparkled. Not surprisingly, the bridesmaids wore pink. So what is it about Lillian that still makes Ken smile after all these years? “It’s just Lillian – the memories of a good life together.” For Lillian it is “being able to talk about things and the feeling of togetherness”.

DIAMOND WEDDING – Lillian and Ken Mason renew their vows.

In this issue... Drive down memory lane

Hats and horses

Page 3 Residents enjoy Art Deco Weekend

Page 8 Melbourne Cup celebrations

Returning home... Page 2 Love is in the air... Pages 6 and 7 Green fingers... Page 8 Focus on Food... Page 9 Your Letters... Pages 10 and 11

Editor’s Note

Care and expertise helps return to home

Well the saying that “love is in the air” is certainly true for this issue of Guardian Gazette with an array of wedding anniversary, renewed love, Valentine’s Day and wedding dress stories.

Guardian Health Care’s specialist brain injury rehabilitation unit, Guardian at Phoenix in Hamilton, has played an important role in helping injured exchange student Matthew Purchase to return home.

Even if you’re not a romantic I’m sure you’ll find the story about Laurie and Bessie Pook, who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in February, endearing.

He was shot in the head while rabbit shooting near Putararu in December 2007 and returned to the UK in late February.

Whether it’s a love of life, animals, fashion, flowers, friends, family, soul mate or some good old fashioned, wholehearted fun, this issue has it all. At Guardian Health Care we truly believe that people come first and earlier this month special acknowledgement was made of the Wholehearted Care our staff give, with National Caregivers’ Week. While not everyone who works for Guardian Health Care has the job title of Caregiver, our 3,200 plus staff all provide quality, compassionate care to our residents and customers throughout New Zealand.The level of care they give is what sets us apart – we couldn’t do it without them. I urge anyone who has the opportunity to thank or hug a caregiver – they all have a heart of gold. Happy reading Amanda Weatherley

For the residents of Guardian at Gladys Mary, Napier’s Art Deco Weekend is more than a chance to dress up – it’s a trip down memory lane. Each year residents are chosen to dress in costume with deco hats and beads a-plenty and are chauffeured around the city in vintage cars.

“I think the highlight for them is the ride in the vintage cars. It triggers memories of times gone by,” says Guardian at Gladys Mary Diversional Therapist Vivienne Harrison, who has organised the vintage car tour for the past five years. “It’s a chance for them to reminisce.”

Guardian at Phoenix Facility Manager Josie Reid said Matthew’s progress was a source of great inspiration to her and her team. “He had strong family support and when someone has drive and motivation it assists the rehabilitation progress,” she said. In an interview with the Waikato Times on the day of his departure, Matthew’s mother Helen Purchase thanked everyone who had been involved in her son’s care. “I’d like to thank everyone who cared for Matthew – from when he arrived at the emergency department, to his time in intensive care, the high dependency ward and then finally Ward 8.” She said people are amazed at his recovery. “I’d also like to thank all the New Zealand people who have supported us and given us good wishes.” Guardian Health Care wishes Matthew and his family all the best for a continued road to recovery.

Orange to the fore As a proud partner of Arthritis New Zealand, Guardian Health Care attended the organisation’s national conference in Rotorua earlier this year. Guardian Health Care’s personal medical alarms assist many people who have arthritis. Guardian Health Care General Manager Home Based Services Craig Stacey is pictured with Arthritis New Zealand Client Services Manager Toni Griffiths.


A ride down memory lane

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A FINE VINTAGE – Enjoying the Art Deco Weekend are residents from Guardian at Gladys Mary in Napier. Photos: courtesy Hawkes Bay Today.

“Nantendo” is all the rage Guardian at Parkwood residents in Christchurch are proving that technology is not just for the younger generation, with the trial of Nintendo Wii – and with some great results. They are having great fun with the new gaming console technology and have nicknamed it “Nantendo”. “We are incorporating the games into activities programmes as a way of keeping residents both mentally and physically stimulated,” Guardian at Parkwood Physiotherapist Jill Miller says. Nintendo Wii is a gaming console with a control unit that moulds into your hand and responds to your every move – as if you were holding a real tennis racket, bowling ball or golf club. Each movement is translated into actions in the game.

“We have a resident who has severe Parkinson’s disease with uncontrollable movements over his whole body and he is playing a really good game of tennis and ten-pin bowling. It brings tears to my eyes watching the concentration, achievement and enjoyment he is getting from it.” She says many of the residents are having so much fun and laughter playing the games that they don’t even realise the exercise and stimulation they are getting. “Nantendo is certainly not a replacement for these activities but is providing another tool to engage the brain and keep active.”

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Ena remembers close link with Sir Ed The passing of one of New Zealand’s icons, Sir Edmund Hillary, earlier this year had a profound effect throughout the country. For Guardian at Kauri Coast, Dargaville resident Ena Simpson and her family, the great mountaineer’s death also brought back many childhood memories. Ena, 93, and Sir Ed were first cousins and she used to walk to school with Ed’s sister June Hillary. Ena’s mother and Sir Ed’s mother were sisters. While Ena’s recollections of those days are now fading, her older children remember being taken to the Hillary home. Ena’s daughter Bev Evans, 66, remembers being taken by bus from Ruawai, where the Simpson family sharemilked, to the Hillary home in Auckland. “Those were the days when children were seen and not heard and I remember Percy Hillary, Edmund’s


father, being a strict man, so we had to stay quiet when we visited there,” she said. Ena and her family went to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell to sign their names in remembrance of their famous cousin.

Veterans’ golf tournament a tee-riffic success The annual Guardian at Tararu Village veterans’ invitational golf tournament once again attracted golfers from throughout the Coromandel region. Top honours in the field of 104 players this year went to Judee Watene and Pop Taiapari.

“It was a fantastic day and Guardian Health Care was once again proud to be able to support the local community,” Guardian Health Care General Manager Villages Graham Renwick said. Special thanks to Thames Golf Club.

CLOSE FAMILY – Mrs Ena Simpson, centre front, with from left, son-in-law Tony Nelson, daughter Trish Nelson, sons Mervyn and Roger Simpson and daughter Bev Evans. Photo: courtesy Dargaville and District News.

MIND AND BODY – Keeping the body and mind active is George Clarkson’s secret to longevity.The keen sportsman celebrated his 100th birthday on February 26, 2008 in Dunedin with family, including two great-great grandchildren. George reads the newspaper every day – without glasses and also enjoys a good murder mystery novel. As a personal medical alarm customer, George received a visit from Healthcare Field Officer Peter Fields to celebrate his birthday.

ON COURSE – Charlie Blackwell, Colin Harold and Norm Coyle enjoy the day. VICTORIOUS – Men’s winner Pop Taiapari with Guardian Health Care General Manager Villages Graham Renwick.

BIRTHDAY CANDLES – Elsie Garrett, a resident at Guardian at Telford in New Plymouth, was born in 1908 – the year that Henry Ford introduced the Ford Model T. Guardian at Telford staff were delighted share in her 100th birthday celebrations on March 2, 2008. GREAT START – Women’s winner Judee Watene tees off.

FLOWER SHINING BRIGHT – Personal medical alarm customer Iris Watts celebrated her 100th birthday in January 2008. Healthcare Field Officer Barbara McColl visited Iris at her daughter’s home in Auckland on her special day.


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100 YEARS YOUNG – Seeing 100-year-old Fredericka McMillan (everyone calls her Freda) ride past on her bright red mobility scooter is a familiar sight for St Kilda, Dunedin residents.The centenarian celebrated her milestone in December with a family gathering and received 53 birthday cards, including one from the Prime Minister. Healthcare Field Officer Peter Fields took a bunch of flowers to Freda, a personal medical alarm customer, on her special day.

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The “Love Birds of Guardian at Accadia Village” celebrate 70 years of marriage Laurie Pook still has the same twinkle in his eye today when he looks at his wife Bessie as he did in 1933 when they first met on the beach. Theirs is a holiday romance that has lasted more than 75 years and on February 12, 2008 they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

“We have struggled at times and we’ve never had the moon and we’ve worked for everything we’ve got but 70 years later and we’re still together,” says Bessie. “I do the growling and he puts up with it! Everything I do is right in Laurie’s eyes – even if it’s wrong.”

Bessie and Laurie Pook, nicknamed “the love birds” by staff and fellow residents at Guardian at Accadia Village in Tauranga, are as in love today as when they first married.

Laurie agrees: “And it goes in one ear and out the other,” he says with a cheeky smile.

Their romance began when Bessie and two of her friends were enjoying a typical Kiwi Christmas holiday at a friend’s bach at Mairangi Beach in Auckland.

“They make everyone around them happy. Bessie is always smiling and has a great sense of humour. Laurie has this wonderful, warm smile,” says Village Manager Debbie Bryant.

“We saw these three boys and asked them their names and they said: ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’,” says Bessie. And while it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight – “he hadn’t even shaved” – love was definitely in the air that day. Laurie’s cousin who was with him that day went on to marry one of Bessie’s friends who was with her. Bessie, 93 and Laurie, 94, put their lasting marriage down to “contentment and not wanting for everything”. It’s clear their mutual respect for each other and Bessie’s great sense of humour have helped them through the good and the occasional hard times.

The “love birds” are popular among the staff and residents at Guardian at Accadia Village.

Bessie and Laurie celebrated their special day with family and a special afternoon tea was held with staff and residents of Guardian at Accadia Village. LOVE BIRDS – Laurie and Bessie Pook.

A diamond day Guardian at Erin Park resident Pat O’Malley and his wife Mary celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their daughter, Sue, who is the rest home’s Administration Manager. Pat, 93, says the only “medication” he needs is two jars of lollies a day and a daily dose of “The Young and the Restless”.


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Here comes the bride… A wedding dress and a veil isn’t a rest home worker’s Centre of attention on the day were Kath and Reg typical attire but then again Valentine’s Day at Batstone, who have been married for 61 years. Guardian at Telford wasn’t exactly a typical day. They were given the honour of cutting the specially For something a little different the team decided designed wedding cake while residents toasted with champagne and to build on a local radio station’s promotion to “Be a bride at work day” and wear their wedding strawberries. dresses to work.

Local radio Residents’ own wedding day photos in elaborate photo station More FM announcers frames and albums full of photos that captured those special moments of love were shared with one another. JT and Beth were also on “It really was a fantastic day for the residents, with hand to share in lots of laughter and fond memories of their own the day and talk special days,” Facility Manager Barbara Kay said. to residents. “It was amazing how the families got on board sending photos through the email, dropping photos in and talking and laughing with their parent about their wedding day – it raised a whole different level to their relationship.”

BE A BRIDE – Guardian at Telford Care Manager Sharon Campbell with staff.

61st ANNIVERSARY – Kath and Reg Batstone cut the cake with the help of More FM’s JT.

BRIDES AT WORK – Registered Nurse Agnes Lehrke, Recreation Officer Margaret Daly, Care Manager Sharon Campbell, Registered Nurse Yvonne Cruz and Activities Assistant Caroline Cragg.

A kiss a day…and then the dishes William Perry gives Nancy, his wife of 58 years, a kiss every morning – then washes the dishes. William and Nancy, who live at Guardian at Mary Shapley Village in Whakatane, say romance is not about chocolates or flowers once a year on Valentine’s Day; it should be an everyday thing. Romance he says is about “the little things in life…the little kiss, working together in the garden – that is all part of romance”.

Romance everyday – Nancy and William Perry Photo: courtesy Eastern Bay News.

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Green fingers to the fore

Did you know…

It is official: the residents of Guardian at Mary Shapley Village in Whakatane have one of the best gardens in town. They won the Best Business Garden and the Best Display of Annuals categories in the recent Whakatane Garden of the Year Competition.

The cheetah is the only cat that can’t retract its claws.

Resident Jean Vale, herself a keen gardener, entered the village in the competition – much to the surprise and delight of the village’s gardener Fraser Dunbar. As well as two trophies, they won gardening vouchers, which as Village Manager Bronwyn Bromiley says: “They have been put to good use judging by the wonderful array of flowers in the residents’ gardens.” GREEN FINGERED – from left: Noeline Campbell, Fraser Dunbar, Jean Vale and Norma White.

Residents celebrate Melbourne Cup

SPECIAL OCCASION – Doris Oakes celebrates at Guardian at Parkwood

Eat your heart out Kate Moss – 85-yearold Donna Terry models an elegant ensemble at Guardian at Waterlea’s Melbourne Cup fashion parade. Photo: courtesy Marlborough Express.


GIDDY UP – Staff and residents at Guardian at Stokeswood joined in the horseplay for the Melbourne Cup. Horsing Around – While this pony wasn’t in contention to win the Melbourne Cup, she was a winner in Murray Lovegrove’s eyes at Guardian at BeachHaven’s pet day.

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The cashew nut belongs to the poison ivy family. Brontology is the study of thunder. Seals sleep underwater and surface for air without waking. Tuna suffocate if they stop swimming. Rabbits are born hairless and with closed eyes; hares are born covered with fur and with open eyes. Botanically, true berries include the grape, tomato and eggplant but not raspberries and blackberries. In ancient Rome, oysters were so highly prized that they were sold for their weight in gold. If you have any interesting facts you’d like to share with Guardian Gazette readers, please send them to Guardian Health Care, PO Box 947, Tauranga, 3110.

League of Potterers If you are a potterer Pottering here and there Then you should join a Potterer’s Club A leisurely ancient affair. There are potterers a-plenty They’re simply everywhere They potter in the garden They potter in the shed In the kitchen, in the bedroom Where they go to make their bed. They potter in the morning They potter in the night They potter all the live-long day Positive and bright. If you’re not a potterer Look forward to the day When you’ll have time to potter When hair has turned to grey Time for all the things you love Craft, or sport to play. But maybe you’ll just potter As many people do Members of a Potterer’s Club Will surely welcome you. Thanks to personal medical alarm customer Clarice Anderson for her enjoyable poem.

Focus on Food Guardian Gazette Editor Amanda Weatherley shares a delicious lemon cake recipe – the perfect afternoon tea indulgence.

Lemon Cake 150g butter, softened 1 cup caster sugar Grated zest of 2 lemons 2 whole medium eggs and 1 extra yolk ½ cup plain flour 1tsp baking powder ½ cup sour cream Lemon syrup 2½ Tbs caster sugar Juice 2 lemons Put butter in a warmed bowl. Beat until smooth using an electric beater. Beat in sugar, then lemon zest, and continue beating until the mixture turns a pale lemon colour. Break eggs and extra yolk into a small bowl and beat with a fork until combined. Beat eggs into the butter and sugar, a little at a time. Sieve flour and baking powder over the beaten egg mixture and fold them in, along with the sour cream, using a large spoon. Spoon the mixture into a 20cm diameter cake tin lined on the bottom with baking paper. Bake for about 40 minutes in an oven preheated to 160 degrees Celsius (regular bake) or until the cake springs back when touched with the finger. Cool in the tin for about 10 minutes then turn the cake out on to a cake rack. To make the syrup, dissolve sugar in lemon juice. When the cake is cool, return it to the tin, poke around 20 small holes through the cake with a fine skewer and pour over syrup. Dust with icing sugar. Mmmmmmm! If you would like to contribute your favourite recipes to Guardian Gazette, please send them to Guardian Health Care, PO Box 947, Tauranga, 3110. For more recipes, gardening tips and health news, check out Guardian Health Care’s monthly column in the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.

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Your Letters One of the best parts of our day is reading the many thank you letters and cards we receive – reminding us of the difference we make to people’s lives. We’d like to share some with you: Dear Guardian Health Care We wish to thank you most sincerely for the lovely rose that Christina brought us after Jim’s stay in hospital. She came on our diamond wedding anniversary and also gave us some yummy chocolate peanuts and a packet of shortbread. We felt really spoilt. We also want to thank you for all the ambulances that Jim has needed. It is reassuring to hear a bright, friendly voice when I press the alarm, usually in the early hours of the morning. In no time at all the ambulance is here, there’s barely time for me to get dressed to go with Jim! Pam Sharpe New Plymouth Dear Guardian Health Care Thank you for the lovely card which I received on my birthday. It was very thoughtful of you all and much appreciated. I am grateful for the installation of the alarm and button pendant which is a lifeline in times of need. To know help is only a fingertip away is a comfort. Neil McCulloch Dunedin


Dear Guardian Health Care On behalf of Mrs Rose, all our family wish to thank you most sincerely for the efficient services on December 16, 2007. We are extremely grateful and appreciated the personal medical alarm which was so effective in coordinating the ambulance to hospital. Also, beautiful flowers were received during Mum’s stay in hospital, and we wish to thank you again. Rosaline Rouse’s Daughters Auckland Dear Guardian Health Care I wish to say a warm thank you for your caring service during my husband’s long illness. The alarm gave both Roger and myself a feeling of strong support; for Roger, knowing help was a simple button push away and for me knowing he could access that help if I was not at home. I certainly had more freedom once we had the alarm installed. To you all at Guardian Health Care, a sincere thank you. Letty Graham Tauranga

Dear Guardian Health Care Thank you for my birthday card – another year gone by. I would not like to be on my own without my alarm. It gives me confidence and security and my family feel I’m safe. Ailsa Toy Whakatane Dear Guardian Health Care Thank you so much for the beautiful bouquet of flowers that Zita and Sue brought to me recently. It was a wonderful surprise. Thank you also for the many times I have had to use my alarm and the comfort of hearing a voice while waiting for the ambulance. My family are also happy for the way you respond so quickly. Again, thank you all. Helen Harris Te Aroha Dear Guardian Health Care I have been with Guardian Health Care for many years and recently I had to activate my alarm. The result being that the ambulance was soon here and I was on my way to

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the hospital. The following care and attention to me once I got home was just wonderful. Healthcare Field Officer Kareen Treder came with some beautiful flowers and made sure that I was all right. The caring is just great and as I am almost 85 and live alone, it is so comforting that I know you are there and I thank you very much. Mrs Elsie Duncan Levin

her Healthcare Field Officer to come and see me and talk about putting an alarm in. I put an alarm in the house and it was the best thing I did. I now live with my daughter and we have called the ambulance five times in the seven months I have had the alarm. The staff on the other end were great as they stayed with me or my daughter until the ambulance arrived to take me to the hospital. Much thanks to my Healthcare Field Officer Kristine Holdaway. Peter Pollit Maketu

and the flowers made my day! Thank you again. My daughter and I wish to thank Doreen, who like all other contacts I’ve had was great. Heartfelt thanks to you all. Norma Slattery Devonport

Dear Guardian Health Care Thank you so much for your very kind birthday thoughts and pretty card. My day was a happy event with many phone calls and Dear Guardian Health Care visits from friends and family I would like to say many and such gorgeous flowers thanks for the lovely flowers and useful gifts. My lounge which I received on my recent and dinette looked ready to visit to Greymouth Hospital Dear Guardian Health Care shift to the Ellerslie Flower and delivered by Healthcare My sincere thanks and Show – filled too with sweet Field Officer Ken Smythe. appreciation for my alarm and perfumes. Mmmmm! I felt They were very lovely and wonderful support. It took me quite cosseted. Please may I certainly made my day. Thank a few years to use it. I have thank you for the very cheery you also for your gift voucher had to use it four times since voices which greet me when I last week for a member September 2007, resulting in ring in on my monthly alarm referred to you by me. four ambulance trips and short checks. I’m always wished a Mrs S Thompson times in hospital. happy day when all is okay, Greymouth After my last trip, such a nice and it sets me up for another lady brought me a lovely posy sunny day. Much appreciated, I of flowers from Guardian assure you all. Dear Guardian Health Care Health Care. She had been Mrs McIsaac I was a bit wary about getting to North Shore Hospital but New Plymouth a personal medical alarm in I was not there, so brought the beginning but my exthem home to me. She wife, who has an alarm, asked

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Multi-million dollar extension in Thames Guardian Health Care’s goal to double its number of retirement village units and apartments by 2010 is well on track with several new developments under construction, including a multi-million dollar village expansion at Guardian at Tararu Village in Thames. Fourteen spacious two-bedroom apartments and one studio apartment are due for completion in May 2008, and with Guardian at Tararu rest home and hospital right next door it will provide a continuum of care for residents. The new apartments have unrestricted views of the Firth of Thames and will have a library and shared lounge. Residents can also enjoy the current village facilities which include gymnasium, spa pool, bowls and a barbecue area. “The expansion of the village to include 15 apartments means we can offer more people the lifestyle opportunities, independence and connecting care that our current village residents enjoy,” General Manager Villages Graham Renwick said. Guardian at Tararu Village ownership is by way of an Occupation Licence under the Retirement Villages Act 2003. Apartment prices range from $223,000 to $250,000. For more information about Guardian at Tararu Village please contact Village Manager Mary Fulton on 07 868 9299 or 0800 60 80 99. In other developments, the new Guardian at Glenburn Village in Auckland has gone from bare land less than six months ago to rapidly becoming a fabulous lifestyle opportunity. The 55 one- and two-bedroom apartments with spacious balconies are due for completion in October 2008.

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In Tauranga, the second phase of the Guardian at Greerton Gardens Village is underway and in Rotorua construction has started on 11 new twobedroom units at Guardian at Redwood Village.

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LIFESTYLE – An artist’s impression of the new Guardian at Tararu Village apartments.

Easter bonnets EASTER BONNETS – Children from Hamilton West Primary School’s after school care programme let their artistic talents shine by making Easter bonnets for residents at Guardian at Rossendale for their old fashioned Easter dance party. Residents Merv Bourn and Ray Simpson are pictured with some of the bonnet makers. Photo: courtesy Hamilton Press.

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