There comes a time in many people’s lives, when they are in their senior years, when they have to make decisions about their life when they are older.
Such as, can I manage where I live now? Can I cope with the house, garden, bills and house work?
Can I cope with my ill health?
Will my family be able to look after me?
Or how can I keep my independence without being a burden on them?
Should I go into a hostel or senior accommodation or an elderly person’s village?
Should I downsize my home for a smaller place I can handle?
These and many other questions go through the minds of our dear older folk or their family when they are reaching their later years. Sometimes the family can help you with these important decisions, or sometimes they are made for you because of ill health or dementia and such. These thoughts and ideas went through Linda Mitchell’s mind when she decided to move into the Nagambie HealthCare’s Lakeview Lodge Hostel in 2009.
Linda was born Linda Birch on 30 June 1924. She met her husband Bill Mitchell when she was about 15 years of age. Linda lived in Coburg and Bill in Merlston. Bill was a gunner in the army. He served in the islands north of Australia for four years. Linda and Bill married in 1947 at St.Mark’s church in Fawkner. Bill was a carpenter/builder. They were blessed with six children: Lynnette, John, Paul, Sheree, Michael and Billy (deceased). The couple lived in Brunswick at first where two of their children were born. Then they moved to Nagambie in 1952 where Linda had the other four children. Bill worked for Harl Cooke. Then he went out on his own and built a few homes in the district. Over the years their children presented them with 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
When the couple moved to Nagambie they lived in a small Myola Crescent house, with two rooms, which Bill extended on when the children came along. Bill died in January 1983 but Linda stayed in Myola Crescent; their son Billy died at the age of 21.
Then due to ill health, Linda decided in 2009 to move into the Nagambie Healthcare’s Lakeview Lodge Hostel. She has been happy and quite content in the hostel. She says it depends on your attitude how you settle into a hostel type of life after you’ve been independent in your own home. Linda has been able to keep mobile while living in the hostel and still manages to drive her car around Nagambie.
She enjoyed the bus trips with the hostel residents, especially the one they had to Bendigo to see the Grace Kelly exhibition recently. She joins in some of the activities, and enjoys seeing her son Mick, Jo and the three grand kids who live in Nagambie.
She enjoys the visits from her family who live far away, when they can make it to Nagambie. Linda will be 88 years of age in June, and says she is not exactly mobile enough to travel interstate to see them. Linda recommends that if older folk need proper care and want to feel safe in their senior years, and they think they can settle in all right and make themselves content with their lot, then they should try it.
She enjoys her own space, but also the company of the other residents and staff. She is happy the medical staff are nearby in the Doctor’s surgery and that the hospital is next door if needed. Linda is quite content to live as reasonably well as possible in the Lakeview Lodge at Nagambie which gives her and her family peace of mind about her welfare.