PCA job currently available at Beauty Point Resort

Retire near the affluent Sutherland Shire with scenic water views
Job Title: PCA
Location: Padstow Heights
Employment: Part-time
Shift: Rotating/Overnight sleepover

Beauty Point is committed to employing professional and caring staff. Seeking an experienced, reliable PCA to join team.

You need a Certificate IV in aged care or EN, current first aid certificate/police check.

• Excellent written/ oral communication skills
• Strong customer service, flexibility

Training will be offered.

Send resume and cover letter to info@beautypointresort.com only.

Same surgery, different surgeon: huge variation in costs for orthopedic operations

In need of an operation? Whether it's a hip replacement, knee replacement or knee ACL repair it could costs you thousands of dollars depending on surgeon! In many cases flying to Adelaide for your operation would be cheaper than seeing a Sydney or Melbourne surgeon – this is an impractical hypothetical that reveals the huge variations in surgeon fees across Australia.

Some surgeons are charging thousands of dollars more than their colleagues for the same orthopaedic operation, leaving patients with up to $5500 in out-of-pocket costs. A Medibank report detailing the vast disparities sends a clear signal to patients to shop around for their doctor before going through with an operation, taking into account out-of-pocket fees, complication rates and expertise.

Find out more in this great article by the Sydney Morning Herald. Read full article here.

Beauty Point Retirement Resort delivers quality upgrades to its apartments

Top benefits of the latest upgrades:

• New electronic awnings over balconies featuring a wind sensor for extra protection.
• All cupboard doors and drawers operate with a soft-close mechanism.
• All kitchens have a full-size dishwasher and an elevated wall oven for easy access.
• The main bedrooms open onto the outdoor balcony via double-glass doors.
• All apartments have an extra-large display cabinet with glass doors and built-in lights.

Beauty Point Retirement Resort is currently upgrading many of its units, including those with superb water views of the Georges River and surrounds.

Abraham Ayoub, Building Manager at the resort, has been in charge of these upgrades and he says there’s been a great deal of time and effort invested in these apartments, bringing them to the best standard available in retirement living.

“I get to see the before and after,” Mr Ayoub says, “…and I get to see how happy the people are when they move in. When you get this feedback, it’s very rewarding.”

“Everyone always says – I wish we moved in earlier – without fail,” he adds.

Mr Ayoub points out that all of the upgrades are customised to suit retired people: “I get a lot of information from our residents about what they need and I think we’re on a winner with the way we do our upgrades,” he says.

Lisa Papahristos, Beauty Point’s Manager, says; “When we rebuild our apartments, it’s a new home – it’s not just a slap of paint. The end result is beautiful.”

Here’s a list of the other standard upgrades being built-in to these apartments at Beauty Point Retirement Resort:

• Kitchens are fitted out with all Miele appliances.
• All apartments are Foxtel-capable.
• The apartments are air conditioned throughout.
• There’s a large amount of cupboard space in the bedrooms and the hallway.
• Storage in the kitchen is mostly in drawers, making storage comfortable and easy.
• All kitchens have a customised pull-out bin drawer.
• Clothes washing/dryer machine located in the laundry.
• Bathrooms all have heat lamps and an exhaust fan.
• All bathrooms feature a Vital Call pull cord.
• The shower recess has a sliding door for extra safety and a touch of class.
• All bathrooms have a heated towel rail.
• All internal doors feature glass frosting and laminates.

More information about the beautiful retirement apartments at Beauty Point Resort can be found here.

Why you benefit from physiotherapy as you get older

Top 5 Reasons to do Physio

1) You’ll reduce any pain you may have.
2) You’ll improve your balance and so prevent falls or injuries.
3) You’ll be able to get around easier.
4) You’ll be less likely to need surgery.
5) You’ll be more flexible.

Why you benefit from physiotherapy as you get older

The benefits of physiotherapy are well-known but these benefits are even more noticeable as you get older. According to Clare Wells, the resident physiotherapist at Beauty Point Resort in Padstow Heights, you can actually reverse the ageing process with physiotherapy.

Wells, who’s trained for four years at the University of Sydney, practised for eight years as a physiotherapist in Sydney and northern NSW, and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association NSW Gerontology Committee, is passionate about helping older people maintain their independence for longer.

Wells says by using physiotherapy, it’s possible to reverse the ageing process “…in a really gently and effective way.”

“Physiotherapy works because it’s a structured rehabilitation approach to getting better rather than a more radical approach like surgery or just doing nothing,” she adds. “It’s structured and it’s gradual and it’s safe – and it’s effective.”

Without someone guiding you, Wells says it’s often hard to see the improvement and to know what to do next: “I’m able to tell people what’s their next step. My role is to be enthusiastic about any improvements and this often motivates people to keep going,” she adds.

Will physiotherapy relieve your pain?

As people get older, they often experience pain or discomfort in some part of their body, especially when they move or walk. Wells says as you get older, your body experiences “a real functional decline” and she adds: “Often, when people find they can’t do something, they just stop doing it.” But she says this doesn’t fix the problem.

So when she sees a patient, her entire focus is centred on working out a way to ease any pain they may have and how she can relieve this and make their life more comfortable. Many of her patients have experienced a reduction in pain and discomfort when working with her.

Physio – it’s a preventative health measure

Wells also points out that doing physiotherapy is a preventative health measure. As you get older, it’s becomes easier to take a fall or to sustain an injury but the evidence shows that when you do physiotherapy exercise routines, you’re able to make an event like this less likely.

Wells is available for appointments at the Beauty Point Resort each Wednesday in the Physiotherapy room on level four. Anyone can make an appointment simply by phoning (02) 8708 4700.

It costs $45 to see Clare for 30 minutes to 45 minutes and she says she likes to spend a decent amount of time “… so she can try a few things and see what’s going to work.”

If you have a referral from your doctor, you can receive up to five physiotherapy treatments per year free because they can be bulk-billed by Medicare. If you’re a DVA card holder you can receive free treatments on an ongoing basis.

Your private health fund card can be swiped on the spot so your rebate goes directly into your bank account. (Rebates are available for all major health funds).

Physiotherapy treatments

On your first appointment, Wells will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes taking a detailed history of any injuries you may have so she can tailor-make a treatment for you.

Her treatments usually include some comfortable stretching movements or massage. Both of these assist the relaxation of the muscles and improve your movement.

You’ll be given an exercise program and reminders on how to manage your injury. Your program will be written down for you in diagrams and words, so you can remember what you need to do.

Additional exercise classes will soon be available with Wells using new HUR equipment in the gym, providing individualised strengthening programs in small groups.

Does it work?

Gerry Steele, a Beauty Point resident for the past seven years, has been seeing Clare over the past six weeks for some severe damage he has in his vertebrae and he says: “I’m a fan of Clare’s, I can tell you!”

He says his injury was caused in earlier days when he worked as a diesel mechanic and had to do quite a bit of heavy lifting. “I’ve had doctors tell me I have a severe risk of a fracture in my spine and I’ve had severe pain for years. But since I’ve been working with Clare, the pain has reduced a lot. I’m very pleased,” he adds. “I’ve worked with Clare for six weeks and now she’s given me a program and says I can do it myself. I’m very impressed.”

June Kirsten, a Beauty Point Resort resident for the past seven years, is also very happy with Clare: “Yes, I’ve had arthritis in my knee so I’ve been seeing Clare every week and I’ve been doing all the exercises and it’s definitely been very helpful. A few months ago, I could hardly walk. Now, I’m walking around and I don’t have any sharp pain left,” she says.

“I’ve never had a physio before and I find Clare very helpful and everything runs smoothly with her. I only need to see her once a fortnight now. She’s even written a letter to my local doctor so she’s very thorough. You can’t ask for more than that,” she adds.

Wells is available for appointments at the Beauty Point Resort each Wednesday in the Physiotherapy room on level four. Anyone can book an appointment by phoning (02) 8708 4700.

What does it take to manage Sydney’s premier retirement resort, Beauty Point?

According to Beauty Point’s manager of over a decade, Lisa Papahristos, the answer is simple: excellent customer service skills.

After many years in public service, Lisa brought with her to the role of Manager of the resort a wealth of customer service experience, and this experience has infiltrated every aspect of Beauty Point, from the 24 hour a day, seven day a week concierge desk, to the sale of the newly renovated apartments.

Lisa was a well-known face at Kogarah Council for six years, first as the personal assistant to the director, then as a supporter to the Mayor, and finally as manager of the highly successful customer service centre.

But in her job at the Resort, Lisa feels she has finally found her home.

“I am very proud that I am able to help our retirees maintain their independence for longer. Our residents are adults. They decide what they want to do, and it is my job to help them achieve this with the right services at the right time,” Lisa says.

“We all pitch in to make sure this happens. I think the difference between this resort and some other villages is that everyone here genuinely cares.”

After joining owner George Jabbour’s team 10 years ago, the pair set about remodelling the resort from the ground up and ensuring that every single staff member was dedicated to offering the best service.

Lisa is also proud of the Resort’s unique ‘stand alone’ status, and believes this ‘hands on’ approach by the owner and management, plus the staff’s dedication to ensuring independent lifestyles with health services available only if you need them, is what makes Beauty Point one of the best retirement villages around.

“I came to Beauty Point without any history in the retirement industry, which I think has been a real blessing. I wasn’t constrained by what we ‘should’ be doing, and instead George and I just did what we thought was right. It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a job this long, and I am never bored,” Lisa says.

Lisa has no plans to ever leave the place she loves, and is so proud of the exclusive service that Beauty Point offers its residents. Lisa ensures she meets and chats to every resident regularly and says that Beauty Point just has a different feel to many other retirement villages across Sydney and NSW.

“I just love the village, because I’ve help build it. Beauty Point grew out of nothing and now we lead in the industry, which I believe is because of our hands on customer service.

“It doesn’t matter to us whether you are a pensioner or a self-funded retiree, you get the same service across the board at Beauty Point.

“Customer service is the key. If you treat your customers well, you can succeed in any business,” Lisa says.

For obligation-free information and for any further questions about the Resort and available apartments, contact Lisa, on 8708 4700 or 0409 849 332.

How Beauty Point helps you stay in your own home

residents in loungeroom

Some people don’t want to talk about it, but let’s be frank: for many retirees the reality of having to move to a retirement village can be daunting.

There is not only a loss of security after moving out of the family home into a rented apartment, but there is also the chance you’ll have to move later to an anonymous nursing home away from family and friends and familiar environs.

Ideally, we all want to age in the comfort of our own homes. Beauty Point’s unique ‘apartments for life’ and discreet health care services help ensure this happens, and in most cases, we can help you avoid a nursing home altogether.

This is because Beauty Point is different to most retirement facilities. Not only do you own your own home at Beauty Point and enjoy the security this brings, Beauty Point also has exceptional health care services that help you age in place, yet are so discreet you don’t see them unless you need them.

Beauty Point’s Manager, Lisa Papahristos, explains. “The apartments are all on one level and all are easily accessible. As you age, the apartments can be adjusted to suit your needs, so you can stay in your own apartment for life.”

“This even includes the installation of rails, ramps and chair lifts, if necessary.”

Beauty Point’s surrounds are also all easily accessible, ensuring that you can stay in your own home and continue to enjoy life and use all the facilities and activities.

Beauty Point also helps you age in place by providing the right health care services at the right time.

Beauty Points Health Care Manager, Nancy Le, says she brings the health care service to retirees’ doorsteps, keeping residents fit and healthy for longer.

“Living somewhere like Beauty Point improves your health because health often gets put off when you live at home because of other priorities. Here, we have health care staff on hand, as well as a GP and many other health services, so we can pick up health issues and treat them much faster.

“But the discreet health services are only there if you need them. Otherwise, you can just enjoy retirement without ever know they are there,” Nancy says.

Beauty Point also offers ample security and privacy, as residents own their own apartments, so can come and go as they see fit, or socialise as much or a little as they like.

As Lisa explains, Beauty Point’s staff and management aim is to enhance independence. “We are not a typical retirement village. We are a self-care village that also has a high level of health care services,” Lisa says. “We are aware that we have a village full of adults who want to make their own decisions and be treated like adults. Our job is to make sure that continues by offering the right services at the right time.

“We can cater up to level two dementia, which means, in most cases, our residents can avoid going to a nursing home and can just stay in their own homes as they age. This offers not only peace of mind, but a feeling of security, too.

“In a minority of cases where we can’t cater to a resident’s increasing health needs, we have a partnership with a nursing home only two minutes away, and can take care of all the arrangements for you,” Lisa says.

For obligation-free information about the Resort and available apartments, contact Lisa Papahristos, Neil Saward or Ross Symonds on 02 9773 7119, or can be found on our website.

Getting a New Lease of Life

While Beauty Point Retirement Resort residents are well aware of the benefits of moving to the renowned resort, including privacy, independence and exceptional health care services if needed, retirees also enjoy an unexpected advantage: a new lease on life.

As Beauty Point’s Registered Nurse and Health Care Manager, Nancy Le, explains, moving to a friendly, supportive community can have many health benefits.

“Moving to a fun, friendly and social atmosphere means retirees can get out more, enjoy more activities and even get fit if they want to. Many of our retirees do things here they never would have dreamed for doing before,” Nancy says.

“Being socially isolated is not good for the health on any level, so moving to a caring community like Beauty Point is great for improving wellbeing.

“We know health does not just come from the physical. So Beauty Point also looks after residents mentally, and spiritually as well,” Nancy says.

Second-generation resident Val Packham, agrees. Val, who has been at Beauty Point for four years in the same unit where her parents lived, is enjoying life immensely.

"I am very happy here and am enjoying it very much. The services and facilities here are fantastic, I don’t know of any other place that has so many,” Val says.

Augusta Cossetto, who has been a resident for over two years, agrees. “This is not just a retirement village. I found a sense of community here that I didn’t have for years. Everything I need is here, and every day I can do something different. I am very happy,” she says.

Val Lofts, who has been at Beauty Point for over two years, says she has learned things she never would have learned by staying in the family home. “We have a very busy, good life. I have learned how to use the Internet and email. I never would have done it if I hadn’t moved here,” she says.

Nancy says the benefits of community living are complemented by Beauty Point’s discreet, yet extensive health care services, most of which are included in the monthly levy and are therefore free to use at no extra cost.This includes health checkups, medication analysis and support, a twice-daily pharmacy delivery, an on-site doctor’s surgery and regular visits by health professionals, such as a podiatrist and dentist, plus critical care in the event of an emergency.

“We bring the health care services to our retirees, rather than making them go out to get them. With comprehensive health care at your doorstep that costs no extra, our retirees are far more likely to attend to their health and stay fit, happy and healthy for longer,” Nancy says.

“By having health care available in-house if you ever need it, we can pick up health issues that may be missed or put off. As we all know, health often gets moved to the end of the list when you live on your own.”

As Beauty Point resident, Hanah Pickford, explains, it’s about peace of mind. “I’ve got peace of mind knowing there's trained medical personnel on site 24 hours a day. It means I can just relax and enjoy myself knowing that I've got backup if I need it,” Hanah says.

For obligation-free information about the Resort and available apartments, contact Lisa Papahristos, Neil Saward or Ross Symonds on 02 9773 7119, or can be found on our website.

Going That Extra Mile

Any retirement village has to meet certain accreditation standards to operate in Australia. But it is the villages that go beyond accreditation that stand out from the pack.

Beauty Point Retirement resort is one of those stand-outs.

Manager of Beauty Point, Lisa Papahristos, says what makes Beauty Point renowned across in the industry is the lengths they will go to to ensure their residents get what they need to enjoy retirement.

“It’s about respect, really,” Lisa says. “Our residents are adults and we respect that. So we ensure that we have the right staff in the right place with the right services to enhance independence and, therefore, retirement.

“While retirement villages all have to have certain services to gain accreditation, it’s the way in which we deliver our services that ensures we stand alone.

“For example, to get accreditation, you have to provide meals for your residents. Well, we provide a chef in a gourmet restaurant setting, which is taking it that important extra step.

“Similarly, we have to provide transport, which we do with our free bus service. However, we also provide a subsidised, chauffeured limousine, to ensure our residents’ independence with stress-free travel at half the cost of a taxi.”

In particular, Beauty Point sets the bar when it comes to health care services. Beauty Point offers such a high level of discreet health care to residents that most never need to move as they age.

This care includes an on-site GP, on-site medical staff, twice daily pharmaceutical deliveries, medication analysis, medication support, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, as well as access to an on-site masseuse, podiatrist, dentist and more.

“Retirement villages must also provide access to an emergency service, but they don’t need to be on site. Our emergency service is on site, in fact they sleep here, so we can be at the scene of an emergency within four minutes,” Lisa says.

Other ways Beauty Point sets the standard across the industry is with the free handyman service, and free concierge service, which operates at a level you would expect from a holiday resort.

“The great thing about these extra services we offer is, in most cases, there is no extra charge to use them as all these services are covered in the monthly levy. And because the residents are in charge of the residents fund, they decide where the money goes and how it can best be spent,” Lisa says. “This commitment to transparency also ensures our residents are happy and don’t have to worry about hidden costs when they live on a fixed income.”

For obligation-free information about the Resort and available apartments, contact Lisa Papahristos, Neil Saward or Ross Symonds on 02 9773 7119, or view it on our website.

Simon Tedeschi performs at Beauty Point

It’s not often two world-class musicians perform a string of intimate concerts within walking distance of your home.

But that’s what Beauty Point Retirement Resort residents enjoyed in July when the renowned pianist Simon Tedeschi and musician Glenn Henrich paid them a visit.

Simon, who has been playing piano since he was five and has performed for George W Bush and Vladimir Putin; and Glenn, who plays the vibraphone, saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano, wowed the crowd at the Resort, performing exclusively for residents and their guests.

Simon kicked off the amazing musical performances with a piece by Chopin, before he and Glenn, on the vibraphone, played some forties jazz and then the poignant Debussy piece ‘Footsteps in the Snow’, which Simon dedicated to the recent Norway massacre.

Following intermission, the pair played ‘Spain’ by Chick Corea, before launching into some more jazz that evolved into 'Rhapsody in Blue', which showcased Glenn’s talents on the vibraphone, saxophone and clarinet. Gershwin was followed by ‘Waltzing Matilda’, and a special request from the audience for ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ rounded out the stunning performance.

The Beauty Point residents in attendance were absolutely amazed by the musical prowess and gave the pair a standing ovation.

“We are so lucky to be enjoying a concert of this calibre,” said Augusta Cossetto. “They put so much feeling into the music that I can just close my eyes and enjoy it,” Mrs Cossetto said.

With a string of international prizes and scholarships under his belt, including winning the Open Age Concerto Series and 'Most Outstanding in all Youth Sections' in Italy in 1994 and taking out the top prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition in London (2002), Simon has played for Pavarotti and has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and in Carnegie Hall, New York, London and Japan.

Simon says his career highlights include playing in the movie ‘Shine’ and playing a charity concert to a village in Cambodia, and his favourite style of music is ‘whatever he’s playing at the time’.

Simon and Glenn performed as part of Beauty Point’s Concert Series, which aims to bring world-class entertainment to residents, their friends and family.

Why moving to Beauty Point makes good financial sense

Once you retire, the most important daily consideration to take into account is budget. Unless you are still working part-time, then retirement means you are stuck on a fixed income.

So while prices are free to keep rising (and do) the amount you can spend on necessities rarely, if ever, increases.

So you may be interested to know why moving to Beauty Point Retirement Resort can often make better financial sense than staying in your own home.

There are no hidden costs at Beauty Point, because at Beauty Point, you are in control. All budgets are controlled by the elected Resident’s Committee.

By law, the Resident’s Fund must be operated on a strictly not-for-profit basis so essential services supplied by this fund are done so at cost. And the monthly levy that supplies the fund is capped to the official CPI, and for the levy to rise above the CPI, it must be approved by the Resident’s Committee.

If you’re not paying a huge profit margin on things like meals and health services, this means big savings in the long term. Beauty Point’s Ross Symonds explains.

“Think about everything you spend annually while living in your current home: there’s home maintenance, plumbing, food, entertainment, gardening, cleaning, hot water, heating, council rates, insurance, gas, water rates, health care, security and transport,” Ross says.

All this can add up to thousands every year – and that’s if nothing goes wrong!

Costs, like rates and electricity bills, have just gone up by as much as 30 per cent over the last 12 months alone, and they are set for more big rises in coming years.

Compare how much you are paying annually in household expenses now, to how much you can save by moving to Beauty Point. The monthly levy ensures you get many essential services free and other services at cost price. We also offer economies of scale and can negotiate cheaper prices for essential services like gas and electricity.

Beauty Point Retirement Village's free bus serviceFor example, our bus is totally free to use, and our chauffeured limousine is half the price of a regular taxi. So now, a trip to the airport needn’t break the bank.

Similarly, our handyman service for fixing things like hot water systems, plumbing and general home maintenance is free!

Our gym, pool and private cinema are free to use for you and the entire family. As is the Internet Café, the activities room, the BBQ, spa, boardroom, concierge, gardeners, library and chapel. Combine this with our subsidised concert series featuring world-renowned entertainers, and you will save hundreds a year on entertainment alone.

Our trained health professionals are on site 24 hours a day, seven days week and are totally free! Our on-site doctor’s surgery is a bulk-billing surgery and our visiting specialists are far more affordable.

You can see how these savings can add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year. Add to this the expenses you will no longer need to pay, like council rates, water rates, building insurance, gardening and gardening supplies and home maintenance.

When you think about it, moving to Beauty Point just makes good financial sense!