Residents at our Padstow Heights Home will now be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and light lunch while looking over the stunning bushland after the official opening of the Link Building last Wednesday.
Southhaven Aged Care’s Facility Manager Peter Jessing and Christadelphian Aged Care’s chief executive Ross Peden cut the ribbon on the building in the company of around 60 residents, families, board members, staff and visitors.
The building links the Treetops and Riverside nursing homes, and houses a beautiful reception area, recreation room and theatre and administration offices.
There is also a cafe that is open Monday to Saturday, with a large deck area overlooking bushland and Salt Pan Creek.
Facility Manager Peter Jessing said while it had been a long building process it was well worth the wait.
“It’s been exhausting at times and we thank you all for your patience and understanding during the building process,” he said.
“I’m sure you will all agree it’s paid off. We’re very happy with it, it’s a very functional building with a beautiful reception area where we will be greeting our visitors, it’s got a great function area downstairs which our residents will thoroughly enjoy, and we have a fantastic café.”
“This café is a really great place for residents and relatives to come and enjoy each other’s company while having a coffee which will be served to you by our friendly staff,” he said.
Chief Executive Ross Peden said Southhaven had played an important role in the history of the organisation.
“I suppose in many ways when you look back at the history of the Homes, while we were at Strathfield for a long time, in many ways Southhaven has been the spiritual home and the nexus from where everything grew,” he said.
The cafe is named Ernie’s Cafe, and was named after a Christadelphian resident who lived at Southaven for a few years.
“Ernie was very important to us, he left us quite a big legacy when he passed away, and we thought it would be good to recognise that by calling the café after him. And Ernie loved his coffee,” Ross said.
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