Snapshot of Life at Emmy Monash with resident, Rose Levin
Rose Levin has been a resident at Emmy Monash Aged Care for nearly six years and has recently moved to the newly built Gandel House. A vibrant, social person, a week in Rose’s life is a varied and full one.
Rose’s day begins with a nutritious breakfast served in her light filled room and prepared in the Emmy Monash kosher kitchen. On any given day there are numerous activities available for Rose to take part in.
Today, Rose spent part of the morning being pampered at the Bando and Sharp Families Hair and Beauty Salon. “I am thrilled that I don’t have to go out for a hairdresser as our hairdresser Mary-Lou is great” says Rose, “We even have access to a manicurist, a podiatrist is available, even an optician, and hearing service make regular visits.”
Rose takes full advantage of the fact that Emmy Monash is so conveniently located in Caulfield North, regularly making her way up Glenferrie Road to shop at Malvern Central or buy challah from Glick’s. As Rose explains, she has the best of both worlds – the care and support she requires, with the independence to actively be part of her wider community.
Some days, Rose chooses to meet friends over a cup of coffee in the Felder Family Café at Emmy Monash. A warm, inviting space for residents, staff, families and volunteers to congregate, Rose finds the café as “the perfect place to meet friends for a meal or a coffee”.
Emmy Monash’s holistic approach to care is reflected in the afternoon program of activities that always provide Rose with opportunities to engage her mind, body or soul. Rose loves to be challenged intellectually and thoroughly enjoys the regular program of guest speakers on a variety of topics. “I particularly enjoy it when Rabbi Ralph Genende comes to Emmy to provide us with real food for thought on an upcoming Jewish festival”, expands Rose, “and I never miss our regular Current Affairs program run by volunteer, who reviews the week’s events locally, and internationally. It’s extremely informative, and it’s so wonderful to have the intellectual stimulation.”
Rose looks forward to the weekly choir and popular and lively Morning Melodies singing sessions saying “they give me such a lift!” and regularly participates in the weekly exercise classes, run by the trained physiotherapist, deriving great benefit from the exercise sessions.
There are a range of exercise activities at Emmy Monash including a regular chair yoga class led by trained yoga instructor, Dyan Ostrow. “I love Dyan’s classes because I used to attend yoga classes before I came to Emmy Monash, so it’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to continue taking part in activities I have always enjoyed.” I find the relaxed nature of the gradual movements to have a wonderful meditative quality that reduces any stress I may have.”
Evenings for Rose include regular scheduled film nights and a chance to unwind and catch up with fellow residents in one of the communal lounges and attending the weekly Shabbat services.