Seniors Week with Cranbrook Care

Welfare and wellbeing top priorities at Bayswater Gardens

Improving residents’ physical health and wellbeing is a high priority at Bayswater Gardens, the aged care residence setting a new benchmark in Sydney’s inner west, and the on-site clinical team are committed to minimising the negative effects of ageing and helping seniors lead more active lives. Physiotherapist Sanjay Gupta, Clinical Manager with Cranbrook Care, the operator of Bayswater Gardens, is a firm believer in the power of physical and mental activity, social engagement and a healthy diet to make the most of the later years in life – even when medical circumstances dictate a higher level of residential care is required.

“Here at Bayswater Gardens, while many of our residents do require a higher level of care than their counterparts in our retirement living residences, we’re encouraging them to take advantage of the exceptional on-site facilities on offer, including the purpose-built Reflections Wellness Centre, with its gymnasium with age appropriate exercise equipment and hydrotherapy pool for gentle in-water exercise,” explained Sanjay.

“With joint stiffness, loss of balance and muscle wasting an issue for most of us as we age, gently building up our resistance, strength and mobility is increasingly important. It doesn’t just reduce the risk of falls, but also minimises pain and helps people enjoy time with family and friends, whether it’s a stroll around the grounds to make the most of our glorious waterfront location, or heading on an off-site excursion with a group.”

Sanjay suggests exercising two to three times a week to maintain muscle mass, bone density, range of motion and regular blood pressure, as well as consuming a diet high in protein mixed with plenty of vegetables to help maintain muscles. Mental health is equally important, and a key factor for the residents of Bayswater Gardens is maintaining social connections, with friends, family and the local community. “By offering a broad range of activities and local outings, we help our residents stay as mentally agile and engaged as possible, which is good for their emotional health, and tends to have a flow-on effect to their physical wellbeing too,” says Sanjay.

In addition to its gymnasium and hydrotherapy pool, the Reflections Wellness Centre features medical consultation suites, a hair and beauty salon and areas for the Leisure and Lifestyle team to keep residents entertained with activities including history seminars, arts and crafts, music therapy, cards and board-games and in-house concerts, all of which are planned to help keep boot residents’ social interaction and keep them mentally fit.

“Our residents have the opportunity to access a range of lifestyle services, such as massage, aromatherapy and podiatry, as well as to enjoy quiet spaces to relax and read or chat, such as beautifully appointed lounge areas or the waterfront gazebo,” said Ms Kerry Mann, CEO, Cranbrook Care.

 In addition to luxurious accommodation and a busy schedule of activities, residents of Bayswater Gardens enjoy the highest possible standards in clinical care. “We cater to the unique health needs of each of our residents,” explained Ms Mann, “and our fully-equipped, skilled professional care team is committed to ensuring every resident enjoys the Bayswater Gardens lifestyle, no matter what their medical situation.”

With professionals on board in nursing, personal care, cuisine, maintenance, hospitality and administration, residents enjoy around-the-clock personalised attention, whether it’s having medication administered, wounds dressed, managing pain, dealing with incontinence, or, when the time comes, transitioning into a compassionate palliative care environment.

Cranbrook Care’s Bayswater Gardens includes a secure dementia care area with single suites with ensuite bathrooms, a visually- and aurally- stimulating interior environment, and secure gardens to promote outdoor activity and interaction.