Beauty and more

The Senior. November 2010.

To the residents of Beauty Point Retirement Resort, the spectacular view overlooking the Georges River is just the icing on the cake.

From the moment they open their front door for the first time, residents become part of an extended family that includes everyone from the owner to the kitchen and grounds staff and all the neighbours.

“It is a very special place,” said Ross Symonds, former television and radio personality and now on the Beauty Point sales team.

“The warmth and friendliness of the community, right from the operator and manager down to the supportive staff, is a key element.”

Owner George Jabbour is proud of the care delivered to residents.

“I believe we are the only accredited village that receives no government subsidy for the health services we deliver 24/7,” he said.

Trained health services staff are always on site and there’s no charge to see them at any time of the day or night.

Recently a resident was so grateful for the care received from the personal care staff that he donated a defibrillator.

Personal care team leader Nancy Le brought in instructors to train all staff in its use.

As well as the daily shuttle bus to take residents to shopping and medical facilities, the resort has a touch of luxury with its personal limousine service.

The chauffeur-driven limousine can be booked by residents for that special night out, or for any other reason such as a trip to the doctor.

Small pets are welcome, pending approval of the residents committee.

Manager Lisa Papahristos knows all the residents by name and enjoys a chat.

Lyn Brewer, 65, has lived at the resort for three years and wouldn’t live anywhere else.

“I moved from South West Rocks to Sydney when my husband Doughie died about five years ago,” said Lyn. “Then I moved here to be closer to my niece.

“It is a wonderful place to live. We have plenty to do – the social committee is very active and there’s something every day.

“I go to a lot of the shows in Sydney on the bus and we have events here as well.”