Kevin Dennes and his amazing photos from Africa and Alaska

Kevin Dennes, a resident of Beauty Point Retirement Resort since late last year, recently presented some of the amazing photos he took when he led a group of photographers on a tour of Africa in 2014. A couple of months later, Kevin showed some of his best photos from a tour of the Antarctic in 2011.

So for anyone who missed these wonderful presentations, here’s a selection of some of Kevin’s best photos from these presentations.

Kevin has been a professional photographer since he was 18 and for most of his life, he worked in the medical and scientific field, developing some photographic techniques that are still used to this day. But on the more personal side, he says: “My own particular interest was travelling to and taking photos in Africa, in the Antarctic, the Arctic – and the bears in Alaska.”

“I’ve done a tremendous amount of travel – most of it paid by someone else,” Kevin adds. “I’ve traveled and photographed on the seven continents and it’s been a wonderful experience for me.”

At one time, Kevin worked for National Geographic but most of the photography he did for them was used for research material. During the time he worked with National Geographic, he says the company did a lot of photography purely for research purposes and these photos weren’t for use in the magazine etc.

Assignment in Namibia

“In 1978 I had my first assignment doing lion research photography in Namibia at the Etosha Lion Research Institute which was a wholly-owned National Geographic project,” says Kevin. “It was in the Etosha Pan – right up near the Angolan border. The zebra and wildebeest and a great range of antelopes would migrate over the Angola border in their annual migration in search of greener pastures and they’d get shot for meat and trophies, which raised a huge amount of money for those organising the trophy hunts.

“In order to slow some of this migration down, they put spear points down to reach the water table  and this way the windmills would keep water permanently in the water holes. It saved a large amount of the lions, leopards and other cats by having permanent prey down at the Etosha Pan. They won’t migrate if there is plenty of food for them,” he said.

In July and August of 2014, Kevin took four groups of photographers to Africa on a various tours. “Africa is an extremely large continent and most of the photography I’ve done there has been in Eastern and Southern Africa,” he adds.

“Here is an olive bee-eater which flies very quickly and this was a very difficult shot to get,” says Kevin. “It takes an absolute fraction of a second to get this just right – to get the wings in exactly the right position” he adds. This photo was taken in Kenya.
This is a photo of a tawny eagle with a spitting cobra that he’s just caught. “Photographers worldwide would give a lot to have been there in order to get this shot,” says Kevin. “You’ve got to be very lucky to get a shot like this. I would trade a lot of other shots I’ve taken to get this one of the eagle – to get the wings in just the right position and the snake is obviously still alive. You might go back 1000 times to the same spot and not get a chance to get a shot like this again,” he adds.

 

Here we see two Walruses as they gaze at the camera. Kevin says they are part of a group of Walruses and they gather in herds to protect themselves from the polar bears. “Most walruses weigh over a tonne,” adds Kevin.
This is a stunning photo of a polar bear looking right at the camera. Kevin says if he was on the ice, seeing a polar bear up this close would be extremely dangerous – “You would die!” Luckily, he took this photo from the ship and he would have been around five metres from the bear. Kevin says he likes this photo because the bear is “looking straight at me.”

 

 

 

 

 

Here we have a six-metre long Nile crocodile attacking a wildebeest as the herd tries to cross the Mara River in Kenya. According to Kevin, the crocodiles know the wildebeest and zebras will need to cross the river at certain times of the year so they wait for them. The wildebeest have to cross the river in order to get to areas where it’s rained and there’s more feed. The wildebeest and zebras do this migratory trek at certain times of the year. As you can imagine, this was a difficult shot to get and Kevin adds: “I had to wait about six hours to get this shot. I know how the system works. If you see a herd of wildebeest you know they will cross at some time that day – particularly if the zebras come and join near them.”

 

Here we see a grizzly bear eating wild salmon at Brooks Fall at Katmai National Park in south-west Alaska. Kevin says he had to fly for four hours by light plane, land on a lake and then hike to this spot to take this photograph. “This has to be one of the most photographed places ever of grizzlies catching salmon,” Keven says. “Remember the John West ad where the guy goes out and catches one of the salmon jumping upstream? Well that was all filmed here,” he adds. “Millions of fish jump as they struggle their way back to where they were born three years previously. The bears each have their own spot where they catch fish from and they’ll fight to the death to protect their spot. So it was a very difficult shot to get. I took about 2000 shots before I got two or three shots of this sort of quality. You’ve just got to keep shooting!”
Here we see a magnificent large male leopard lounging in a tree in Tanzania. Kevin took this photo while on the photographic tour of Africa in 2014.

 

No need to leave the resort to have those important eye tests

Everyone needs to have their eyes tested on a regular basis but now it’s so easy because you can have all your important eye tests done right here at Beauty Point Retirement Resort.

There are now two optometrists who visit the resort by appointment, giving you their expert and personalised attention. They are Nada Chami and Georgia Papadopoulos and they’ll make sure all of your optometric needs are met.

These are the Top 3 Tests you can have as part of Beauty Point Optometric Services

1)    Vision tests for glasses – long distance and short distance
2)    Eye pressure tests for Glaucoma
3)    Retinal checks for the back of the eyes

Both Nada and Georgia graduated with honours in Optometry at the University of NSW in 1993. They have over 20 years of experience each and this allows them to understand each person’s individual requirements and how to help them accordingly.

Nada and Georgia have often worked together during their careers so they work well as a team. They visit the Beauty Point Retirement Resort by appointment (approximately each fortnight) and they can also do home visits if requested.

Don’t leave it too late
Both Nada and Georgia emphasis it’s important for everyone to have a yearly eye examination as early detection and treatment of eye disease can help reduce any loss to your vision.

When you see them, Nada and Georgia will check your eye pressure and the back of your eye to detect any early signs of:
•    Glaucoma
•    Macular degeneration
•    Diabetes
•    Cataracts
•    Dry eye problems

If they feel you need further treatment, they may refer you to an ophthalmologist. Eye examinations are bulk billed by Medicare so there’ll be no cost for your appointments with Nada and Georgia.

If you’d like to order glasses, they can offer you a wide choice of frames and lenses from the cheapest to the most expensive. These are all able to be claimed on your health fund if you have one and this refund can be claimed immediately so there’s no delay.

Happy to help with your questions
Nada and Georgia are happy to answer any of your questions regarding your vision. They feel no question regarding your vision should ever be dismissed.

“We like to allocate a fair bit of time for each patient,” says Nada. “It’s important we understand exactly what they need and we do our full range of tests so they get the right glasses for their daily needs,” she adds.

Nada and Georgia have found working as a team at the resort is going well: “We’re now quite mobile. We have everything we need at our fingertips and it’s working very well,” adds Georgia.

To make an appointment with Nada and Georgia, call Shani or Mary at the front desk of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort on (02) 8708 4700 and they’ll find a time for you.

The Beauty Point Players — keeping the passion for theatre alive

The Beauty Point Players are a group of residents from Beauty Point Retirement Resort who love theatre and performing. So far, they’ve presented two shows for their fellow residents – both of which has been well-attended and great nights for everyone concerned.

As their director, Barry McMaster recounts, originally the group was formed to watch theatre and movies and discuss them in a group forum. But as time went on, Barry says the group wanted to be more active and to “… focus on performing.”

“The first meeting we had was on 11th February last year,” says Barry, “and we decided as a group we had two functions to achieve and they were: number one – to develop and perform entertaining shows for the enjoyment of our fellow residents; and number two – to develop our knowledge of drama through organising theatre and movie attendances and discussing our experiences and perceptions.”

Theatre visits and movie mornings
In line with this, last year The Beauty Point Players organised groups of people, including other Beauty Point residents, to attend performances by The Guild Theatre in Rockdale – an amateur dramatic group which was established in the ‘50s.

As well as these outings, The Beauty Point Players have held movie mornings at Beauty Point’s intimate theatre. As Barry says: “I’ve introduced movies here in the theatre. We’ve been to three plays and then later, we’ve watched the film version of each of them.”

“This year, I’m intending to show a lot more films which I consider showcase some really good acting and afterwards, we can talk about them and discuss why it is or isn’t good acting,” he adds.

Two major shows
Last year, The Beauty Point Players presented two shows for their fellow residents at the resort, right near the piano in the restaurant and bar area. The first was held on the 23rd June and it included several short, very funny sketches. It was a big hit and everyone enjoyed themselves – cast and audience together!

The next show was on the 17th November and again, they presented several short, funny plays and sketches. Barry says the shows are always a great night because as well as many of the Resort’s residents, a lot of family members also come along to see the performances.

“We have quite a few supporters outside of The Players’ group. “People need to book for our shows because we fill the house. These days, I’m trying not to perform as much so I can direct and that will be more possible now – as we have 13 people in the group at the moment,” he explains.

Barry says the people in the group have improved their acting skills by learning as they go during the rehearsals. “I’ve watched people develop and get better at acting and it’s great to see,” he says.

It’s a social club as well!
Barry says a big part of what The Beauty Point Players do is to enjoy themselves and have a really good time. “When we rehearse on a Sunday afternoon we have nibbles and wine afterwards,” he laughs. “So it’s become more than just a drama group – it’s a social club as well!”

The Beauty Point Players rehearse on a Sunday afternoon with nibbles and wine afterwards – so it’s a social group as well says the director, Barry McMaster.

But anyone can join in the fun he says – even if you don’t actually want to be part of the shows. Barry says all Beauty Point’s residents are invited to be part of the theatre or movie trips which are organised throughout the year.

When asked how he came to be involved in acting and all things thespian, Barry explains he has been a member of an acting troupe called Radioactive Live for the last five years.

“My wife and I had been living in the Castle Hill area for many years but when we looked for a place to move for our retirement, we saw Beauty Point Resort and it became our benchmark – nothing else came up to it,” he says.

“So we moved here and we’ve loved it. Because I’m a member of Radioactive Live, I thought it would be great if we had some sort of group here where people could express themselves,” he adds.

A place for people to express themselves
Barry says the way The Beauty Point Players’ shows are run is a little different from the usual: “We read from the script – we don’t learn our lines,” he says. “We get a bank of microphones and we use sound effects. My wife, Viesia, is on sound. We do a couple of songs – we’re not great singers but we sing these songs with gusto,” he laughs.

“We use signs for our melodramas and we try to do plays that have some degree of relevance to the residents. We did one called Blue Suede Blues which was a hit,” he adds.

This year The Beauty Point Players plan to do two shows again but the first show will probably be a little later in the year, around July, as Barry and his wife are going away in the early part of the year. The second show will be planned for close to Christmas and Barry says these dates will all be discussed with the members of the group.

To enjoy a video about the Beauty Point Players click here.

 

Long-time Beauty Point resident, Joan Stuart, named as patron
The Beauty Point Players have named Joan Stuart, a long-time resident of Beauty Point Resort, as their patron. “She was doing this here before and she’s our inspiration,” explains Barry. “She’s in her 90’s now and she’s a delightful lady with so many amazing stories to tell.”

The Beauty Point Players are: Jan Walliss, Lindsay Collins, John Barker, Dorothy Barker, Lyn Brewer, Robert Cridland, Joe Cockle, Margaret (Meg) Marsh, Maureen Shepherd, Pam Pitkeathly, Wendy Wilson, Lillian Coyle and Barry McMaster (also director).

They also have Viesia McMaster on Sound and Joan Stuart as their Patron.
The Players would like to thank the Beauty Point Management for their commitment and support, particularly Lisa, George and Alexis. Thanks also to Craig Winstanley for the installation of the sound system.

Access your Home Care services right here at Beauty Point Retirement Resort

Beauty Point Retirement Resort is now an accredited Home Care provider so residents of the resort and local people in the area can now access a range of Home Care services. There are many benefits to this including:

1)    Because your Home Care provider is located right where you live, there’s less travel time for the Home Care staff so you’ll get more for your money.
2)    By accessing the Home Care services you need, you’ll be able to retain your independence and stay living in the comfort of your own unit at Beauty Point Retirement Resort for longer.
3)    The Home Care provider is called Beauty Point Homecare Your Way and it will be run from the resort, supplying its own registered nurse.
4)    You can talk to the staff at Beauty Point Homecare Your Way about exactly what your needs are and they’ll help you work out what Home Care services are the best for you and how to register for them.

Beauty Point Retirement Resort’s Manager, Lisa Papahristos recently announced the news that the resort is now an approved Home Care provider. She said it means a lot to the resort’s residents because now any resident can access Home Care services much more conveniently. An added bonus for people in the local area is that these Home Care services are also available to them.

As Lisa said: “It’s great because if you qualify for Home Care, you can now organise it all through Beauty Point Home Care Your Way. Of course, one of the biggest advantages if you’re a resident of Beauty Point Retirement Resort is you can now access these Home Care services directly from us and there’ll be less travel time so you’ll end up with a better deal.”

Nancy Le is a registered nurse, now working three days a week for Beauty Point Home Care Your Way

Talk to us about your Home Care package – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
There’ve been some major changes in Home Care over the past few years and one of them was the introduction of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) which started in 2015. As Lisa said: “Before CDC came in, retirees didn’t really have the choice about who delivered their Home Care so they took the provider they were allocated and were just happy for the help.
“But this is not the case anymore. We’re moving into the next century. What it’s about now is – you have choices,” she added.

More services available than you realise

Lisa Papahristos says the new services from Beauty Point Home Care Your Way will give residents more choice.

Lisa said many people don’t realise there’s a lot more care available under Home Care, adding: “There are many more options that you may not know about and so all you need to do is come and talk to us about what you need and we’ll see how we can fit that in with the Home Care services available.”

“We’re happy to talk it all through with people and explain how the system works to them,” said Lisa. “While the resort now offers Home Care services, no-one has to use these services unless they want to. But we’re offering a competitive price. So come and talk to us and we’ll see what you qualify for, according to your government assessment.”

Next step forward for Beauty Point Retirement Resort
Lisa said this is a big move forward and it means a great deal for the future of the resort: “We’re now approved providers of government care. That’s not a little thing – it’s a big thing. Being a Home Care provider, we can provide you with any of the care you need to make your life far more comfortable.”

To find out more about how you can register for Home Care services or access some new and different services, call Shani or Mary at the front desk of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort on (02) 8708 4700 and ask to speak to someone about Home Care.

 

 

 

 

Latest HUR gym equipment keeps you mobile and fit for longer

Beauty Point Retirement Resort has installed the latest HUR gym equipment from Finland because this equipment has been proved by clinical research to help keep people mobile and fit with regular use, especially as they age or if they’re recovering from an operation.

Available for the Resort’s residents as well as locals in the Padstow Heights area, the state-of-the-art gym equipment is already being used by residents who are saying they’re receiving major health benefits.

The reason the HUR equipment provides such good results is because it’s designed specifically to enable older people or those recovering from operations, to regain their core strength and vitality using air-pressure technology.

So just what are benefits of HUR gym equipment?
1)    It’s safer and more effective to use because the HUR Air-pressure technology uses resistance measured in grams so it can be calibrated in very small increments to suit each individual.
2)    Clinical studies have found the regular use of HUR gym equipment helps people: build muscle strength; regain orthopaedic strength after operations; build neurological strength after an illness and build up cardiovascular strength.
3)    Clinical studies have found regular use of HUR equipment combined with balance exercises assists greatly with falls prevention.
4)    People who’ve used the HUR gym regularly have noticed an improvement in their strength, posture, flexibility – as well as improved mood and decreased pain.
5)    According to an ABC TV report, some people in Australia who’ve used the HUR gym equipment regularly have been able to throw away their walking sticks because they find they’re now strong enough to walk without them!
6)    The HUR equipment is available for use by local people in the area as well as Beauty Point Retirement Resort residents.

Easy to use and safe for seniors and rehabilitation
The air-pressure technology the HUR equipment uses makes it easier to use at both low and high movement speeds. Older adults can start off with zero resistance and increase resistance by 1/4 pound increments. This makes the machines ideally suitable for people undergoing rehabilitation, as well as for those who are training for strength maintenance and strength building purposes. With this equipment, they can train harder with a lower risk of injury.

Many aches and pains start to reduce
Physiotherapist, Clare Wells says she has incorporated the new equipment and is seeing the benefits her clients are experiencing, even though ultimately, it means they will come and see her less often: “Once people come to see me and we set up an exercise program for them, they don’t need to see me as much anymore for physiotherapy treatment,” she says.

“Usually, whatever aches and pains they were previously coming to see me for, start to reduce. I may need to re-calibrate the equipment for them from time to time, but often that’s all we need to do. It’s really the best equipment on the market and we’re so lucky to have it here.”

“It’s just really easy to use,” she adds. “Both for the individual using the equipment and for me supervising. I can see online how people are going and this provides some accountability and this can be a good motivation for people. They can call me and ask for a few changes and I can do that for them easily.”

Valarie now finds it easier to walk
Since using the HUR equipment, Valarie Packham says the equipment has helped her a great deal: “At 87, I’m a bit older and I have problems with my back and yes – I do find this equipment is beneficial to me. It does help in strengthening my back and shoulders and that makes it a lot easier to walk and stand up straighter.”

Ken and Margaret Holliday can’t speak highly enough
Residents of the resort for the past five years, Ken and Margaret Holliday are enjoying the new HUR equipment and say they just can’t speak highly enough of it.

“We weren’t using the gym before but this equipment allows you to exercise most of your body in a gentle way. It’s been very helpful for Margaret because she’s recently had two operations on her knees and another major operation and this equipment is helping her to build her strength back,” says Ken.

“We go Monday, Wednesday and Friday to the gym and walk the other days. We do a class with Clare on Tuesdays and generally speaking – we’ve never felt better!” he adds.

“The main thing is having your body in tune and strengthening your core muscles. It improves your posture and it does that for everyone. We go for a swim in the pool afterwards and it’s all very beneficial when you put it together,” says Ken.

Alessandra Copeta says after using the new HUR gym equipment she has no more aches and pains.

Making a big difference to Alessandra’s health
Alessandra Copeta, a Beauty Point Retirement Resort resident for the past eight years, says she used to go for a walk every day but now she goes to the gym. At 73, Alessandra looks fabulous and fit and says she “feels better in myself” since using the HUR gym equipment.

“It’s much better than walking. I’d head off on a long walk and then realise I’ve got to go all the way back – and then I’d get a few aches and pains!” she laughs.

“But with this gym equipment, there are no aches and pains. I used to have to see Clare about the pain in my shoulders and neck and now I don’t need to see her anymore. There are lots of people using it now and they’re all enjoying it.”

“I thoroughly love it,” she adds, “I use every machine and then I go for a swim. It makes a huge difference!”

Local residents in the Padstow Heights area are able to utilise the gym at Beauty Point Retirement Resort. To find out more, simply call (02) 8294 0640.

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.

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.