In the autumn of oneâs life many folk have to decide where they will be in their winter of their life; in their own home, with relatives or in aged care facilities.
91 year old Dorothy Jory made that decision six years ago and has never regretted making the decision to go into the Lakeview Lodge Hostel at Nagambie HealthCare. With family members interstate and far away, Dorothy made the choice to stay in Nagambie amongst her close friends, her church and the place she had lived, loved and worked in for many decades.
She knew it was no good going far away in her late 80âs and trying to start a new life, not knowing anyone or the district. So hereâs what she has to say:
“I moved into the Lakeview Hostel on 19 June 2006 when I realised living alone with a house and large garden to maintain was becoming too difficult for me, especially as I had been forced to give up driving my car due to failing eyesight. My sister Joan and I had already investigated all the hostels in this area – Seymour, Euroa, Murchison Rushworth and Nagambie. We came to the conclusion that our Nagambie Hostel was the best of all for me.
We knew the hospital needed land to expand. I was keen to offer our property to the hospital and they wanted it. It was right next door. We had it surveyed and valued and the deal was sealed. I have never regretted the move.
The rooms are large and above all, the greatest comfort and blessing, when one is of advanced age, is one’s own bathroom.
Every room either looks out across the Lake Nagambie or into the pleasant garden. Our meals are well cooked, nicely served and plentiful and we have a menu to choose from each day. The staff make an extra effort on special days such as Christmas, Easter, Australia Day, Melbourne Cup day and special milestone birthdays like 100th’s, 90th, 80th’s of residents. Special decorations are hung up for special functions also, and party afternoon teas. Drinks of all kinds and lots of fun are enjoyed by staff and residents. Many singers and musical groups and individuals come to entertain us and there are many activities run constantly like art, craft, games and an exercise program.
The Hospital has its own small bus and we have frequent outings in it. A church service is held each week conducted by different priests and ministers for those who wish to attend.
Residents meeting are also held on a regular basis. Occasionally frustrations and problems arise as they must do in all facilities but with good will they can be settled. Quite often the problem is only due to a lack of communication, which can be settled if residents and staff talk to one another and respect each other’s views or requests.
Personally, I like being out-doors and enjoy working most days in the Hostel garden. The gardens are looking really attractive, but I’m afraid I’ve got pot plants all over the place.
The residents here at the Nagambie Lakeview Lodge Hostel are free to come and go as they wish. The only request is that we enter our name in the going out book, so hostel staff knows where we are going out too or who with, so they can know where everyone is.
Life in an aged care facility is whatever YOU make it. As far as I am concerned I am so thankful that I am here and can feel safe as my eyesight follows its course and my sight deteriorates.
I am thankful to spend the end of my life in this pleasant place.”