For Bev Reid, transitioning into residential aged care was like moving into a hotel. Her days are full of meaningful activities and every night, her bed sheets are folded back ready for her to snuggle in.
The Uniting AgeWell Kings Meadows Community, Aldersgate resident also knows a doctor will visit if she feels unwell, her washing is always done and she will never feel lonely. These are just some of the reasons Bev feels so comfortable with her decision to move into aged care.
“About 12 months ago I started thinking about moving from my unit into care,” she said from her room at Kings Meadows Community, Aldersgate.
“I had a few health problems. My son and daughter both live on the mainland, so I was worried something might happen at home by myself.”
Choosing the right aged care residence was easy for Bev – she had already witnessed the care and support Kings Meadows Community’s staff delivered while volunteering, and while her husband was in care.
“About 16 years ago my husband, Viv, developed cancer and couldn’t come home,” she said.
“We found a room for him at Kings Meadows and I got an independent living unit at the adjacent Uniting AgeWell Wesley Court.
“The staff cared for Viv wonderfully and a number of those people are still working here today, which means a lot to me.”
In August 2017, Bev was anxious about moving into aged care. However the supportive staff who welcomed her and helped unpack her room made the transition smooth.
Bev now relishes in the freedom to spend time alone when she needs it and the reliability of staff who support her with the more difficult tasks.
“When I came in and had all the attention on me, I felt like I lived in a hotel,” she said.
“My bed is always made, all my washing is done and if I have any health hiccups, they come in and look after me or arrange for the doctor to see me.”
No longer worrying about living alone, Bev spends her days doing the things she loves.
Whether it’s chatting with the ladies in the lounge, taking day trips to the local cafes or attending craft workshops, there is always something meaningful to do at her new home.
“They have so much entertainment that you always have something to do,” she said.
“Really, I don’t get lonely. I’ve been less lonely in here than I’ve been for 15 years.”
To tour the facilities and learn more about Uniting AgeWell, come along to an Open Day at Kings Meadows Community, 11 Normanstone Road, South Launceston on Saturday, May 19 from 10am to 12pm. For more information call 6341 1400.