Qual­ity care for the se­nior years

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

If you are look­ing for an en­vi­ron­ment that will pro­vide the best care pos­si­ble in the se­nior years – for your­self or a loved one – a good place to start is Block­house Bay Home.

The essence of this res­i­dence for older adults is to pro­vide a safe and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment in which spe­cial needs are met. Un­der new man­age­ment, Block­house Bay Home has been newly ren­o­vated and wit­nessed a qual­i­ta­tive im­prove­ment in the level of its ser­vices and fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘Our team com­prises in­dus­try qual­i­fied ex­pe­ri­enced staff who un­der­stand all as­pects of work­ing with the el­derly and dis­abled,’’ reg­is­tered di­ver­sional ther­a­pist Mandy says. ‘‘Our ap­proach is holis­tic, look­ing af­ter peo­ple in both a phys­i­cal and emo­tional sense.’’

Mandy says the staff are trained to cater for se­niors from di­verse eth­nic groups. The kitchen, for in­stance, turns out de­li­cious cuisines in­clud­ing New Zealand Euro­pean, Chi­nese and In­dian dishes.

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to pur­sue their own in­ter­ests and en­joy hob­bies, so­cialise and in­ter­act with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and take ad­van­tage of ac­tiv­i­ties that keep their body and mind fit. Daily trips to di­verse lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing shops and beaches also add ex­cite­ment.

Betty, 94, a New Wind­sor lo­cal for more than 40 years, moved here four years ago af­ter her hus­band’s death. It is a de­ci­sion she and her fam­ily have never re­gret­ted. Al­though sprightly and pos­sess­ing a sharp sense of hu­mour, she nev­er­the­less re­quires ex­tra care be­cause of fail­ing vi­sion. ‘‘I en­joy ev­ery mo­ment,’’ she says in be­tween her knit­ting, which she does by feel.

‘‘The staff are unique, noth­ing is too much for them,’’ she adds.

Betty, who is orig­i­nally from Dar­gav­ille, says Block­house Bay Home of­fers her the freedom to in­vite fam­ily to visit – some­thing en­cour­aged as much as poss- ible, so res­i­dents can so­cialise, es­pe­cially dur­ing fes­ti­vals, an­niver­saries and cul­tural days.

Block­house Bay House is lo­cated at 39 Batkin Rd, New Wind­sor. They have two other homes – Bri­ar­gate De­men­tia Care in Bayview on the North Shore, and Abbey Heights in Massey.

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