Care Suites offer care with a difference

25 October 2018

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Botany & Ormiston Times

 

Catherine values her independence, continuing to live in her 3 bedroom home until her early 90s. So, when her son suggested she move into his house in Howick, Catherine had other ideas. “My son and I looked at lots of big new retirement villages, but I wanted something that felt like home – not a hotel – and I knew I’d need care sooner rather than later.” 

 

“When we walked into Elmwood it felt different from the other places”, said Catherine. “I felt comfortable right away. My son noticed it too.” Catherine decided on a Care Suite which provides her with rest home level care, without requiring a referral, and she doesn’t have to move again if she ever needs hospital level care.

 

“I wanted something that felt like home – not a hotel.” – Catherine, Care Suite resident

 

Her Care Suite has its own kitchenette, lounge and ensuite, and her bedroom easily accommodates her queen bed and treasured pieces. “I thought it would be hard to downsize, but I’m very comfortable here.” After cooking for herself for so many years, Catherine was also concerned about the food. “I’m fussy about my food, but the meals are lovely. I’ve put on 4 kgs!”

 

Catherine credits the staff and her neighbours with helping her settle in so quickly. “Everyone is so nice, and we have terrific staff looking after us. I’ve become quite friendly with Rose across the hall – we call into each other’s places for coffee and a chat. I have no regrets about coming here.”

 

Catherine’s son, John, could see that his mum was hesitant about the retirement villages they’d seen. “We even had a deposit on one place, but they all felt quite sterile.” John says it was just by chance that they went to Elmwood to visit a friend. “We went for a walk around and were really taken by the Elmwood Care Suites.” 

 

John is delighted that his mum has settled into life at Elmwood so easily and is clearly enjoying the company of the staff and her new neighbours. “Mum’s really thriving. We’re very pleased.”

 

“Mum’s really thriving. We’re very pleased.” – John, Catherine’s son

 

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