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.”