30 Mill Road,
06 759 0080
E: info2rhapsody.co.nz February 2006
Hello from Pat and Paul Profile
We are already two months into 2006 with all the day-to-day
activities and challenges of running a Resthome this size.
Again this month we have an audit team visiting us. This time
it is from Healthshare and their results are for the Taranaki
District Health Board. This is our third audit in less than six
months which have been for Care and Financial Records
which we have passed.
After some time with us Phillippa Hall has ceased being our
Residents Hairdresser and became a home based
hairdresser. We thank Phillippa for her efforts and wish her Resident Advocate and
well with her home venture. Her replacement is Helen Brown Liaison Person
who has now been with us for three weeks. Helen’s hours are
the same as Phillippa’s were, Tuesday and Thursday Born & Raised: Wellington
afternoons during most of the year but when the need arises Favourite Fruit: Tomatoes
Favourite Vegetable: Potatoes
Helen will work the extra time needed to assist our Residents
Favourite Music: Semi Classical
look their best. Welcome to the team Helen! Favourite Drink: Beer
We came up with a way of spending some relaxed time with Favourite Entertainment/Hobby:
our staff late in 2005 and have continued it into the new year
Children: 3 boys, 1 living in Taranaki, 1
following staff’s response to it. Every Friday between 12 and in USA and the third in Auckland. 4
1pm we put on the BBQ and cook up sausages and onions for grandchildren, 2 here and 2 living in
our staff to enjoy. We encourage staff who are off shift and USA.
their families to come and now we would like to extend the Motto: Just good to get out of bed in the
invitation to families of our residents. If you are driving past morning and go for a walk.
at this time and would like to come on to the deck and meet Life Changing Event: Loosing my wife
the team and enjoy a sausage with us; don’t hesitate to stop Raylee while a Resident of Rhapsody cre-
ated a void in my life which has now been
in. Some of you will have already been entering or departing
filled with my taking this voluntary posi-
the facility and have had an invitation to join in extended to tion. I am available to assist Residents
you. Don’t be shy. with issues they may wish to discuss and
Taranaki Anniversary and Easter are the next holiday periods assist with the setting up of Bingo and by
calling the numbers for the Residents.
and we urge you all to be careful on the roads if you are and assisting with other events. David
traveling and look forward to your visits to Rhapsody. attends CQI—Continuous Quality Im-
provement monthly meetings in this ca-
pacity and also the Residents monthly
Stay safe and happy! meetings.
Pat and Paul David also assisted us by being a Shep-
herd for our Christmas Pantomime which
we held on our front lawn.
Thank you to those who have forwarded their e-mail
addresses to us, but there must be others who have access
to a computer. Please let us know your e-mails also.
ride in a
some of our
First… came a Christmas Tree; Then
came as pictured above a “Love” Tree for
Liz Greenbank our Physio Valentines Day. Pictured also is the
times our residents during “Table for 2” which we decorated for
their Balance Class session Valentines Day also.
which is held every Friday.
Residents Joan Goddard,
Olive Meads and Dot Law- GREETING CARDS
rence thoroughly enjoy
these sessions. Our cards are now ON SALE at Egmont
Gallery in Devon Street. The owner’s of
Egmont Gallery have a card stand with our
cards in it. They are on sale for $3.00 each
with on average 6 being sold each week. So
here’s hoping sales continue in such a beautiful
Our beautiful cards are also on sale in our front
entrance at $2 each or 3 for $5.00.
Thank you for the buttons, beads, old greeting cards,
no longer needed ribbon, florist paper etc which has
been dropped into us for our card making and craft
activities. Thank you!
Thank you to those who have dropped off goody bags.
Some Residents seen here enjoying their exercise classes. Supplies are always needed so please keep them
Kiwi Jelly with Sorbet
3 medium or 2 large kiwifruit
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 vanilla bean
Juice of 1 lime
1 tblsp gelatin Jack Hughs
Home: Room no. 8, Rhapsody Resthome
Children: 3, two living in Aussie and one in Upper
1/4 cup sugar Grand Children: 5—ranging in age from 13—30
1/4 cup liquid glucose Great Grand-Children: none that I know of!
2 cups pureed kiwifruit flesh Favourite Colour: Mauve
Juice of 1 lemon Favourite Fruit: Not a fruit eater
Kiwifruit, to garnish Favourite Vegetable: All greens
Favourite Music: Whatever Paul puts across the
Halve kiwifruit, scoop out flesh and puree in Favourite Entertainment: Cabarets, when I was
a blender. Set aside. In a medium pan, gen- young and agile and tripping the light fantastic
tly heat 1 cup of water, caster sugar and Hobbies: Sport in general except Cricket.
vanilla bean, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring Participated in rugby and I’m proud of my involve-
to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Add ment in Lions Clubs
lime juice and kiwifruit. Cover and cool Life’s Experiences: God dam proud of my kids
mixture for 5 minutes. and my grand-kids. Have been a chef, owning and
Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. running a restaurant, run a café, owned and run
Strain mixture through a sieve into a jug. florist shops, has taken courses in cake decorating—
Pour into small glasses or a serving dish and move over Cook - and overall has enjoyed life and
chill until set. its challenges.
To make sorbet, place the sugar, 50ml water the MOBILITY WAREHOUSE (NZ) LTD
and glucose into a small saucepan. Gently mobility scooters
bring to the boil, stirring well to dissolve wheelchairs
sugar. Cool and stir in kiwifruit and lemon walking aids
juice. Strain through a sieve to remove seeds. beds-mattresses
Pour into a freezer tray, cover tightly with bath safety
aluminium foil and freeze until a 2cm solid respiratory
rim has formed around the edge. FREEPHONE 0800 PUSHPLAY (0800 787 475)
Transfer to a chilled bowl and beat well until authorized dealer Rhapsody Resthome & Private Hospital
ice particles have broken up. Return to
freezer and repeat. Reminder:
To serve, top each jelly It is the responsibility of families of Residents for the residents
clothing, ie naming, mending or replacing.
with a thin slice of kiwifruit Accordingly when clothing is found that is in need of repair it
and a ball of sorbet. will be placed in the Residents room with a note asking for
Serves 6. attention. There has been lots of clothing that is unnamed
which no-one has claimed.
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Recreation Report: A BIG Thankyou…
Bus Outings: Each Thursday during school terms some of our To the Pepper family for their
residents have been enjoying attending “Care & Craft” in Fitz- cash donation for staff; to Jean
roy, and of course of Wednesday afternoons we have a bus out- Gilberts family who made a donation of a
ing which sometimes attends to planned events and on other beautiful maple tree for us to plant in our
occasions they go on mystery trips with Paul or Mike. Then on grounds.
Friday afternoons there is always the trip to Merrilands where
they get to purchase their bits and bobs! A lovely card came with a donation of
$500.00 from Lilian Voullaire’s
Visitors: Jo Taylor from the Succulent Group came and
family which was for the Residents Rec-
showed us some of her plants, told us stories about their fami-
reation Fund and Paddy Willans’ family
lies and their flowering habits and held a sales table which was
put their heads together and gifted the fa-
very successful. Yaneeke and Friends calling themselves “La
cility a lovely new microwave for the
Te Do’s” came and sang songs to us including two South staff/residents/family tea room.
Africian songs in African language. They took us on a trip back
to our teenage years with songs like Mama Mia and others that Lena McNieces family thought about the
had been made famous by The Andrew Sisters. Val Bedford health of staff and produced a wonderful
from the Floral Art group came and demonstrated gift basket just full of beautiful fresh fruit.
arrangements and talked about gardening with the residents. Plus a thank you to all those families who
Mens Club: We held a “Mobility Run” in which some of our delivered that much appreciated
male residents rode their mobility scooters down to the walk- Christmas surprise for staff ie.
way with others traveling in their wheelchairs in the bus to join Chocolates.
them for a jaunt. This was enjoyed by all participants includ- Our lips say a big thankyou!
ing Paul and Mike Ekdahl and we hope to make it a regular
event weather permitting of course.
Ladies Fellowship Group: This group meets once a month Raffles:
and enjoy companionship, a beautiful morning tea and a guest
speaker. So far this year that have been Thank you to those that support our
entertained by Jo Massey from Real Tart Gallery and Faye raffles, and to Bernie who works
Kidney. Coming up in March they have May Bridgeman continually at selling them.
coming to talk to them.
Recent winners have been:
Welcome: To Christine Jordan our new Recreation Officer. Big Teddy Raffle was won by V. Byrne
Christine commenced working at Rhapsody as a Wednesday with no. 84; and also won the Rose
lady in the Office. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourselves Set with no. 15; the Beige Towel Set
to Christine when you next visit. was won with no. 34 for Pam Coe; the
lucky winner of the Bathroom Set was
BINGO. Some Dee & Tony Temple with no. 54; Di-
anne Kelly was the lucky winner of the
of our Residents
Christmas Goodies Basket with no. 32;
are seen here P. Scannell, NP and J. Clement, Haw-
enjoying their era bought their lucky nos 15 and 9 in
twice weekly the Joseph & The Amazing Technicol-
game of Bingo, our Dreamcoat ticket draw and Bev
with caller Baker and Queene Rikihana each won
David Blyth the with no’s 22 and 50 the $50.00 note
Resident Liaison draws.
andAdvocacy Currently on offer is a “Rose
Person for the Set”, “Easter Teddy with Basket of
Residents. Eggs” and a “Beach Umbrella with
Stand” all for $2.00 a ticket .