Happy with Blues

The Senior. March 2011.

RESEARCH has shown to be true what most people suspect as they get older – that the more friends you have, the happier and healthier you will be.

The Senior aims to encourage seniors to interact with their neighbours and to make friends through out life.

Each month we ask a resident 10 questions, about their life, their activities and the people who inspire them. You never know, that person may be your neighbour. And if so, why not go and say g’day.

This month, Valda Leate, who lives in Padstow Heights

Q What is your name?
A Valda Leate.

Q How old are you?
A Eighty-one.

Q Where were you born?
A Melbourne, but lived for many years in Bundeena, near Cronulla, NSW.

Q What is your favourite hobby?
A Counter cross stitch.

Q What is your favourite food?
A Seafood.

Q What is your favourite music?
A I’m open to all music, but especially blues and jazz.

Q What is your favourite sport?
A AFL – not to play!

Q Name two famous people (past or present) you would like to invite to dinner.
A Hugh Jackman and Geoffrey Rush.

Q What is the happiest memory from your childhood?
A Sunday school anniversary, because I had a new dress to wear.

Q What one thing would you like to be able to change in the world?
A Child abuse.

Valda lives at Beauty Point Retirement Resort, Bernard Road, Padstow Heights, (02) 8708-4700 , www.beautypointresort.com

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.”

Class Act By The River

The Sunday Telegraph. May 31, 2009.

MILLION-dollar views, absolute privacy, national park surrounds and five-star resort facilities are attracting near and far-flung interest in this luxury estate.
Located right on the Georges River, amid landscaped gardens, the resort offers a heated pool, spa and sundeck: 21-seat cinema; cafe, restaurant and bar: hair and beauty salon; fully equipped gym; billiards and games room; library and convenience store.

All apartments have balconies or terraces.

It’s pet-friendly-small dogs, all cats and all birds.

Beauty Point’s 24-hour concierge service can arrange transport, taxis, bookings for hotels, shows and movies, laundry, or the free skills of the two on-site handymen.

There are two daily pharmacy deliveries, trained health-services staff are on site 24/7, a team of gardeners and 24-hour security.

New and fully refurbished apartments with private terraces and balconies are available and range between $530,000 for two bedrooms with water views, to $645,000 for three0bedders, Check for availability of lower-priced refurbished one-bedroom apartments.

BETTY FISHER

BETTY Fisher (left) thought moving out of her Lidcombe family home after 32 years to build another in the peace and quiet of Glendenning would be it.

But minor health issues and the wish to be close to concert, opera and ballet facilities, saw her rethink her options. A sweep through the Internet brought her to Beauty Point.
“I don’t believe in wasting a moment of this life,” she says. “I saw, I bought and I did it up myself.

“The apartment sits right on the river, every facility is here, the residents are wonderfully friendly and the staff are incredible. I absolutely adore my life here.”

Indeed, letting go of the second big home has given her new-found freedom. After a major back operation the staff looked after her and she’s now planning her next trip to Europe in June.

Ross Symonds Admires Village Life at Beauty Point

Villages NSW. Spring 2008.

Ross Symonds, one of Australia’s most recognized television personalities, has been charmed by the residents of Beauty Point Retirement Resort at Padstow Heights, overlooking the Georges River.

So impressed was he by the friendliness of the people he met at Beauty Point, he decided to become involved in the sales side of the village, Ross: “after working for so many years in the competitive media world, the carefree atmosphere and true feeling of contentment really impacted on me. There is just no stress for the residents at Beauty Point and it shows.”

Ross was the ABC’s Senior National News Presenter for both radio and television for 12 years. In 1981, he joined Channel Seven as their Chief News Presenter, making him one of the most recognised faces in Sydney and across Australia.

He was introduced by a friend of a friend to the owner of Beauty Point – George Jabbour – who offered him a tour of the village. It reminded Ross the his parents had so many happy years at Belrose Country Club Village. Since retiring from television himself, Ross has taken an interest in real estate and so got to talking to George about helping him with sales at Beauty Point. Now he is stationed there Tuesday to Saturday to show people what Beauty Point has to offer.

“the location here is unique, set in bush-land and overlooking the Georges River. You get a million-dollar view for less than half the price. But even more impressive is George’s commitment to the residents. Beauty Point is the only village that I am aware of where there are qualified care staff on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week to be on call for the residents – and there is no charge for this. It is all genuinely impressive.”

Population explosion among the over-100’s

The Daily Telegraph. May 2, 2008.

AUSTRALIA will experience an explosion in the number of people living to 100, with 78,000 centenarians forecast by 2055.
This would be a centenarian “army” the size of a big city, such as Port Macquarie on the North Coast. The keep-fit trend combined with a world-class health system, means Australia now ranks fourth in the global “life expectancy” table.

Only Japanese, Swiss and Icelanders live longer.

But the trend also highlights the effect that an ageing population will have on the national budget, a warning issued by ex-treasurer Peter Costello six years ago.

The last Census n 2006 revealed 2860 Australians over 100, with the oldest person believed to be a 112 year old woman in Victoria.

Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, hailed the “exciting news” of the looming centenarian army.
“People used to joke the 45 was the ‘new’ 30 – but today with record numbers reaching 100 – 100 is becoming the new 75,” she said.

Ms Elliot, 41, said the research also predicts another phenomenon – the “super centenarian”.
These are the people, often living healthy lives at home, over the age of 110.

The ageing population will dramatically increase budget costs over time, particularly health costs.

Research also anticipates the 110-year-old “super centenarian”.

Health department forecasts show the current numbers of Australians aged 65 and over – 2.7 million – will swell to 7.2 million by 2047.

This will comprise around 25 per cent of the entire population, compared to just 13 per cent today.

Eric Vallance, 101, of Padstow Heights, said it was a “jolly good thing” that people were living longer. “It’s just a pity other don’t last as long as me,” he said.

His personal care manager at the Beauty Point Retirement Resort, Christina Spowart, said staying active was the secret to his longevity.

“He’s played golf for the past 70 years. He also swims, plays snooker, darts and bingo and he drives a sports car. He is an incredible man,” she said.

The Howard Government began taking steps to soften the budgetary impact of an ageing population, including reining-in so ending under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

The Government is expected to do a lot more to cushion the fiscal impact. There will be increased emphasis on preventative health, encouraging regular exercise and pushing the danger of heavy drinking.

Aussie blokes have particularly benefited from changed in society over the past few decades.

Data from the Australian institute of Health and Welfare shows that smoking rates among men have dropped from more than 70 per cent in 1945 to just over 20 per cent in 2004.

Beauty Point Resort unveils new units – all with panoramic views

The Catholic Weekly. November 4, 2007.

BEAUTY POINT Retirement Resort, nestled in lush bushland overlooking the Georges River, is a first-class facility with first-class views, which helps to make residents “happy and relaxed”, says owner George Jabbour.

Now the last stage of its development, including new and refurbished units – all with panoramic views – has been completed.

The Federal Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, opened the latest development at the recent gala weekend ceremony at the Sutherland Shire village.

Daryl Melham, the Federal MP for Banks, also attended the opening of the multi-million dollar extension and refurbishment, which improved existing facilities while adding extra services.

The revamped entrance and reception areas are warm and inviting, with a beautiful and practical decor that was designed with the residents in mind.

Groups of stylish lounges and chairs offer guests comfortable areas to rest while walking around the village or simply to relax with friends.

Residents can eat in the elegant but affordable 90-seat dining room which features a bar and plasma televisions, or have chef-prepared meals delivered to their door by personal carers.

The units feature wide doorways, non-slip tiles, hand rails, emergency buttons in bedrooms and bathrooms, easy turn ceramic taps, tempering valves in hot water installations, large light and power switches, and automated blinds on the balcony which are programmed to go up in high wind.

Beauty Point has been designed to fulfil every expectation while allowing its residents to maintain an independent and active lifestyle.
The emphasis is on quality – from the professionally designed interiors to the facilities and superb location.

Services include spacious one and two-bedroom apartments, highest quality brand name fittings and inclusions, elegant ‘restaurant style’ dining room, prepared meals delivered to your apartment, a bar and luxurious community lounge area, respite and personal care centre, housekeeping and laundry services, hairdressing salon on site, a billiards room, carpet bowls, library, convenience goods shop, craft classes, residents’ carpentry, an indoor heated swimming pool and spa, 24 hour emergency care, an auditorium and the village chapel.

George Jabbour says the “level of personal care” offered to the residents is what distinguished Beauty Point from other self-care retirement villages.
“To my knowledge the level of care we provide is higher than any other self-care village in Australia,” he said.

“We achieved our national accreditation within the five year period; only 40 per cent of villages in Australia have achieved that so far.

“Nobody else gives you free personal care 24 hours a day seven days a week.

“People tend to live longer because they’ve got security and their health is monitored.
George added: “To get view like this you need to move away up to the North Coast, which for many residents is far away from their family.”

A village bus is available for shopping trips, with the village located in close proximity to major shopping centres and community facilities.

The resort also features a boardroom where a committee of residents meets every two months, a gym, mini market, an indoor and outdoor heated pool and spa, a library and a chapel.

Bishop David Cremin and Fr Stephen Dr Bono, parish priest of Padstow, will bless the beautiful new chapel at Beauty Point at 2.30pm on Tuesday, November 20.
Afternoon tea will be served and a welcome is extended to all.

Beauty Point life ‘superb, relaxed’, say Glad and Jack

Glad BOUDET has been a resident at Beauty Point Retirement Resort for 15 years and enjoys “everything about it”.

Glad, 91, who plays shuffle board and is responsible for the library, said: “The lifestyle is so relaxed. I love living here.

“To me, members of the staff here are like an extended family.”

The facilities on offer at Beauty Point are one reason she is happy to call it home.
“I’ve reached the stage where I can’t go out much, but I don’t have to; everything is here.”

Jack Murphy, 86, is also a familiar face around Beauty Point, having lived there for 15 years and presided over a committee of residents for 13 of those years.

He is kept busy playing dominos and cards, and organising and playing indoor bowls.
“The life here is superb,” he said.

For Jack, it is compassion and attention while still allowing residents to maintain their personal space that make Beauty Point home.

“You don’t feel alone, but you can be as private as you like, but if anyone needs help, we’re there,” he said.

“The atmosphere is an eye-opener to people from the outside.”

Resort is a real little Beauty

The Daily Telegraph. May 12, 2007.

Some of the last remaining apartments on the Georges River are set to go on the market with the final stage of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort now nearing completion.
Beauty Point Retirement Resort is built overlooking the Georges River, surrounded by natural bushland, overlooking the St George and Sutherland Shire and offering panoramic views and beautiful sunsets.
“To get views like this you used to need to move away up the North Coast, which for many residents is far away from their family,” says the resort’s owner, George Jabbour.

“Our objective has been to provide residents with an opportunity to retire on the water without having to move way from family and friends.

“I’ve been building for almost 40 years now and this is the best location I’ve seen.

“With building regulations going to way they are, I doubt that there’ll ever be another site on the Georges River like this that gets Council approval – this might be the last of its kind.”

The emphasis at Beauty Point is on quality from the professionally designed interiors to the facilities and superb location. According to resident Betty Thew: “Moving to Beauty Point was the smartest move I ever made.

“You never think you could retire on the water here in Sydney, but moving to Beauty Point made that dream a reality. I’ve got one of the best views in Sydney and at a price anyone can afford.”

Amenities include a “restaurant-style” dining room, (with prepared meals delivered to residents’ apartments if required), a bar and luxurious community lounge area, house keeping and laundry services and a hairdressing salon on site.

A village bus is available to take residents further afield for shopping trips and other outings. Resort manager, Lisa Papahristos, says aim of the resort is to create an “independent lifestyle” for residents.

“If, for example, a resident’s fridge breaks down they can ring us and I will organise a repairman. The family aren’t being called from work or being called from all these different places 24-hours a day. We’re here to do that for them.

“But everything is a choice – your home is your castle and we can’t walk through that door uninvited.”

Resort Proves A Beauty

St. George and Sunderland Leader. November 24, 2005.

Beauty Point Retirement Resort was chosen by Joy Reeves and husband Noel after they sold their five-acre property in the Southern Highlands so they could be closer to their children.

“The river has all the moods of the moonlight, the sunlight and the tide coming in and out,” Mrs Reeves said.

The Reeves have a two-bedroom apartment with a balcony front and back, and water views.
Ron Ballantyne moved here with his wife 10 years ago but she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has gone in to a nursing home. Glad Boudet, who has lived here for 13 years, had already been with her husband for about 14 years, before selling her Riverwood home to move here.

Mrs Boudet has been the reigning shuffleboard champion, with trophies to prove it, for a long time.

There are myriad activities to be enjoyed apart from the sheer peace of contemplating the juncture of the Georges River and Salt Pan Creek.

Beauty Point Manager Lisa Papahristos said new owners renamed the resort five years ago, and 36 new apartments are due for completion in January.

Beauty Point Retirement Resort is set on 3.25 hectares, adjacent to national park land, with views across to Illawong and Alfords Point. When the new apartments are complete, it will have 160 units.

The village has recently received its accreditation.

Serenity Found at Village

St George & Sutherland Leader. June 26, 2001.

A change of management has brought a new era to the former Heritage retirement village at Padstow Heights.

Renamed Beauty Point retirement resort, the village is in the process of being refurbished to a resort standard.

While looking forward to the new era, long-term residents such as Violet Charlton, Ron Ballantyne and Glad Boudet, have seen the village as much-loved home since they gave up their family homes.

Mrs Charlton, 83, decided it was time to leave the big house at Mortdale about 11 years ago.

She looked around and chose the new development at Beauty Point. But she was not sure how her ailing husband William would like it.

“William came in here, he looked across the river at Lugarno and said ‘we had our honeymoon over there’,” Mrs Charlton says.

“And we immediately put down a deposit.”

The Charltons couldn’t have been happier. They swam every day, walked, joined in community activities and felt totally comfortable in their two bedroom unit.

When Mr Charlton died six years ago, Mrs Charlton knew that she could not have been in a better place in which to come to terms with her loss and deal with her subsequent bouts of ill health.

“The service is wonderful, nothing is too much trouble to them,” she says about the management. “I just love the place.”

Her next door neighbour Ron Ballantyne, 78, moved in four years ago with his wife Rona, giving up a home of 55 years at Earlwood.

“We looked at many other facilities and decided this was the best,” Mr Ballantyne says.

“I can’t speak highly enough of what I am getting.”

Their friend Glad Boudet, 85, and a resident of nine years, is just as happy.

There comes a time when you need the security, care and the type of facilities retirement facilities have to offer, according to experts.
The 13-year-old development was bought by a local company, Dennison Investments, about a year ago with the idea of giving people over 55 a greater lifestyle choice.

Nestled on 3.25 hectares in the Georges River National Park, Beauty Point offers 124 self-care units with the highest standards of security and care to ensure that the retirement years are pleasant and carefree.

Features include stunning water and bush views, private entries, private sun terraces, spacious rooms, high quality fittings and inclusions, waist-high ovens, reverse-cycle airconditioning, built-in wardrobes and floor to ceiling windows and blinds.

Prices start at about $110,000 for a one-bedroom unit. Three-bedroom units start at $270,000.