Linda Comes Home…
When Jason got off the phone, he felt relieved. A weight he didn’t even know he had been carrying was lifted. For the first time in a long time he was confident that everything would be all right. This is his story.
Linda, Jason’s Mother had been living with a dementia for a number of years. Much of that time she had lived at home with a close family friend who worked full-time. Unfortunately, the lack of supervision, coupled with Linda’s growing confusion, led to her over-medicating. After a sudden, sharp decline in her health, she ended up in hospital with a clot on her lung.
Linda wasn’t happy in the hospital among strangers. She withdrew into herself, slowing her recovery. When she was finally well enough to be discharged, it was recommended that the family put their Mother in respite care at a Nursing Home. If all went well, the transition to her becoming a full-time Nursing Home resident would simply be a matter of signing a form and paying the bond.
But if his Mother hadn’t been happy in the hospital, how was a Nursing Home going to be any different? That’s when Jason called Daughterly Care to find out about Live in Care.
The call led to an obligation-free meeting with Penny. In Jason’s words, the meeting was ‘a breath of fresh air’. There was no pressure, no sales pitch and no promised miracle. Penny outlined exactly how her team would assist Linda to maximise her independence to live life joyfully – her way with dignity.
“Over the years, we’ve brought a lot of people home from Nursing Homes, including people living with an advanced dementia. No-one has ever had to return to the Nursing Home. And you always see an immediate change for the better. They’re so much happier living at home – it’s a much better alternative to a Nursing Home.”
Two years ago the family decided to give Live in Care a try, and they haven’t looked back.
“Mum lives a normal life, a pretty amazing fact in itself. She’s always loved to cook so it’s nothing for her and her Live in Carer to whip up a batch of scones for when friends or family drop by for morning tea. Mum didn’t get any visitors at all in the Nursing Home.”