"Placing my parents into an aged care facility, the anguish, the frustration, the positives."

About: BlueCross Karinya Grove

(as a relative),

With my father slipping further into his vascular dementia and my mother in hospital with heart complications, the time was here to take charge as their daughter and find a good aged care facility located near me if possible.

This took them from their gorgeous Noosa home and lifestyle , their friends, familiar environment and one they dearly loved to return to Melbourne .

Finding a place to accomodate a loving couple married 61 years, staying together, was nearly impossible.

Let downs were numerous but two weeks ago a room for both became available in a Blue Cross home called Karinya Grove.

The actual day felt harrowing but I have only had wonderful experiences since that day with caring staff, easy going atmosphere, very supportive to them and to me.

They settled easily, look well, enjoy their day and being close I come and go regularly and always feel staff are visually engaged and any issues have so far been addressed positively.

My father enjoys the gorgeous garden and nature nearby, whilst mum's used  the library and sewing room.

I'm relieved and finally letting go of my worry as they settle into this next stage and chapter together.

Responses

Response from Alan Lilly, Chief Executive, BlueCross

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Dear Aviva

Thank you so much for sharing your story and experience on Care Opinion. Your points with regard to managing the transition from living at home to moving into supported care are well made and reflect the challenges which many of our residents and their families face during this process.

I am just so glad to read that we have been able to assist your parents at this time at BlueCross Karinya Grove and I am pleased to hear that they are settling-in and enjoying the garden surrounds too.

I will have great pleasure in passing on your feedback to Residence Manager, Jill Peterkin and I also know just how much our staff will appreciate reading your feedback too.

Thanks again for taking the time to share your story and if we can be of any further help at anytime, please do let us know.

Kind regards

Alan Lilly

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