Radius Matua Update: 28 May 2020
Isn’t autumn a great time of year, as you drive into Radius Matua grounds the colours of the trees and shrubs look spectacular.
It is the best time of year in my view. We are very proud of the way our grounds are kept and I want to give a huge shout out to Brenda (our one and only gardener), who works tirelessly keeping the grounds looking beautiful. Brenda absolutely loves her job and is often telling me how she wants to add this, or take out that, to keep everything looking appealing. Thanks Brenda. A vital team member.
6 days in a row of zero Covid cases, but sadly one death was not added to the list, until today. It brings it home to you when you remember that another death is not just a number, but a person (and someone’s relative and friend). That is what we are fighting against.
Falls prevention class: - 15 residents attended this run by our amazing physiotherapist Andrea
Van trip (rest home residents): - went down to the Tauranga Marina to see the boats – I am not sure how many times “lotto” and “imagine if” were mentioned!! The residents thoroughly enjoyed it.
One on one: - were held in the rooms (the activities team love this special time with the individuals).
Comedy Movies: were held in the hospital wings.
“Pick a song” on u tube: was on in the main hall for the residents. It amused me that last week the residents chose the comedy movie “Last foot in the grave”, and today for their song, they voted for Céline Dion’s “Life must go on”…perhaps they are a little bit more cheery today than last week J
Lavender walk : - Our Lavender residents went out for a lovely walk around the grounds and have made some of their own crowns for Queens birthday Weekend. They also attended the event listed below.
Farewell afternoon tea for Kitchen Manager:
The highlight of the day for the residents was a special afternoon “high tea” put on by our departing Kitchen Manager Diana. What a spread!! We had triangle sandwiches, home-made sausage rolls, cream puffs, lamingtons with fresh cream, meringues with cream and fruit. It is no wonder I have put on so much weight in this job, so much so that my wife once put a sign on my office door saying “Please do not feed, endanger of extinction”.
As mentioned before Diana has been the backbone of our kitchen for nearly 19 years, she is an amazing cook and managers, and has been a pleasure for all of us to work with.
Here is a photo of our staff and residents feeling very sad about Diana leaving us:
As I mentioned yesterday, tomorrow will be the last daily update but I will be putting one out every Friday for residents and their families, I hope they have been useful and helped make you feel part of our Radius Matua family during this stressful time.