Meadowbank Care- Rest Home Care Reinvented
22 June 2018
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Business owner, author, librarian and mother of four. “Mum has always been busy”, says daughter Liz. “She’s always had lots of friends.” After her husband passed away, Rie lived on her own before moving into an apartment at Meadowbank Retirement Village.
“Mum loved her apartment and the warm community feel of the place, but as time went on, she needed more and more help with things like meals, medicines, showering and dressing,” explains Liz. “The staff in the village were so good and organised in-home help for her, but eventually she needed full-time support.”
In February, Rie moved into a luxury Care Suite at Meadowbank Village where she receives rest home level care. Her Care Suite has all the mod cons and is like a smaller version of her apartment with its own lounge, kitchenette and bedroom. “It’s such a relief to know that mum is getting the care she needs”, says Liz, “and if she ever needs hospital level care, she can get it in her Care Suite. She never has to worry about moving again.”
Liz says the change has been so good for her mum. “She’s well looked after and she can still entertain in her suite or pop down to the cafe to meet her friends from the village.”
Rie’s family and friends often catch up with her over a meal in the dining room. Close friend and former work colleague, Ian, jokes that the meals are so good, he plans his visits around lunch time!
Rie now has the support she needs to keep doing the things she loves. “Mum is a music lover”, says Liz. “Listening to her music really sparks her up.” Soon after she moved in, the Concierge Services team introduced Rie to ‘I Love Music’, a programme that provides her with a personalised music playlist loaded on an mp3 player so she can listen to her favourite music anytime she wants.
More recently her Leisure Coordinator, May Ann, organised tickets, transport and assistance for Rie and her friends to watch the RNZ Navy Band perform. Rie also looks forward to her fortnightly outings to the Celebration Choir at the Auckland University campus. “She loves singing along with the other people in the audience”, says May Ann.
Often, it’s the little things that make such a difference. Rie was particularly touched when May Ann took her to see the Anzac Day light display on the Harbour Bridge. “It was such a lovely evening”, says Rie. “My husband was a returned serviceman and it brought back memories of when we walked to the top of the bridge on its opening day in 1959.”
Rie and her family couldn’t be happier with the attentive and personalised care she receives. “It’s a good place to live”, says Rie. “I’ve been very lucky.”
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