"Great care was shown to my father at Inverpine Retirement RSL Home."

About: Inverpine Retirement Community

(as a relative),

My father who had Alzheimer’s, was a resident for just over 18months at Inverpine, RSL Care Home at Murrumba Downs. I just wanted to thank the staff for the wonderful care given to him. He was an old Digger and the staff made sure they knew what his nickname was and called him by it, which always made him feel special. He loved the entertainment girl who would come to play mind games with all the residents. She always wore bright clothes and had a vibrant manner that seemed to spark up those around her. With his condition he was in the Secure unit and it seemed to me, whenever I was there, that all the residents were treated with respect and kindness. When my father was close to death, the home called us to ensure our family had a chance to spend time with him. My father, who seemed to be in a coma state, took a few days to die. We were able to keep a 24hr vigil with him. Even with my father in a catatonic state I did not see any lessening of care from the staff. When I arrived to keep the night vigil, my father had been washed, changed from his day clothes into pyjamas, there was soft lighting, and a CD of old time music quietly playing. Throughout the night, they would come and wash out his mouth, talking to him the whole time, taking his hands and gently clean them, always taking great care. In the morning, they would again come in, bathe him, and change him into day clothes. I am truly grateful for the care and most importantly the respect the staff at Inverpine showed to my father, and the kindness shown to us during this time. After he died, we were given all the time necessary to come to terms with the loss. The staff showed incredible sensitivity. The accommodation is basic, and almost hospital like, but my dad never care about that, what was important to him, and us, was the level of care and friendliness of the staff, and I felt those things existed in abundance. Thank you to all the staff at the secure unit of Inverpine for making an extremely difficult time less so.

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