The story of how a holiday for one turned into a holiday for the whole Radius facility in West Auckland:
Jill, who has been with Radius for 31 years this December, had a dream to go on a holiday, a holiday that would be her first in many years.
We decided a trip away to the beautiful Bay of Islands was long overdue, so Jill packed her mum’s old suitcase from the 1950s and we were off for sun and fun.
The last time Jill had been to Paihia she was only a teenager. We stopped in at Radius Potter Home and had lunch before we continued on our way up to Paihia.
Enjoying all the sunny Bay of Islands has to offer, we stayed in the Pioneer Apartments and were right on the beach and watched some beautiful sunsets over the water.
Highlights included visiting the Stone Store and Kemp House in Kerikeri, sampling Keri oranges, a shandy on the beach at Russell, and cocktails and dinner at 35 Degrees on the Paihia wharf with Regional Manager Linda and Radius Baycare Facility Manager, Pam.
Jill enjoyed talking to all the people she met along the way about her home in Radius Care.
Our last stop was morning tea at Radius Baycare where residents put on a Kapa Haka performance of pois and Jill was invited to join in.
We decided to carry on the theme of ‘holiday’ for the remaining 59 residents who did not get to go away, we also wanted to involve our staff in a wellness week that was fun and entertaining—the fact that it fell on school holidays was a bonus as children could be also involved.
Our activity coordinator Deb Ross came up with the cruise ship idea and set a course for the islands that several staff were from, planning activities along the way. The cook planned a menu that was tropical and summery with lots of BBQs and Deb set to work planning the cocktails to accompany the meals. All the decorating was organised off site and set up the night before the cruise so residents could wake to the theme, including portholes over windows, all lounges renamed and staff had been given new job titles and planned their costumes.
All residents received leis and a passport that was stamped at every port. Guests were greeted with cocktails and leis. Residents’ families brought in colourful shirts for residents and the lounges were full to overflowing for activities. Activities were held that had staff joining in as well as children and staff performing each day for residents, sharing their cultures and home islands with us.
Visiting physicians dressed in theme and we almost did not recognise our GP who turned up in full pirate dress to take over the ship mid- cruise – a ransom was written and given to Brien and the manager was tied to the flag pole and made to walk the plank! Much to everyone’s amusement.
We all had the best time and staff declared it the best wellness week ever.
Residents are looking forward to our next cruise at the end of March 2017 where we are cruising South East Asia. Residents and staff were almost unaware of the dreary weather outside as it felt like tropical sunshine every day on our cruise ship.
Many thanks to our amazing activities team, Deb and Claire, for their tireless efforts and whose enthusiasm knows no bounds.
Watch this space for cruising in 2017. We may even need to have a stall at the next cruise expo.
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Words: Laurel Winwood / Facility Manager Radius Care