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Moving into Aged Care

Moving into Aged Care doesn’t mean – keeping busy is over.

All of us have the choice to see the glass as “half full” or “half empty”, but the point remains, no matter which way you choose to see it, the level of the glass is filled to the same level.

We have met some older folks who chose to see a move to aged care as simply a change of geography, & are as busy now as they were at home. Some people could keep themselves occupied, If they found something they enjoy & something worthwhile, that gives them a reason to get up of a morning with something to look forward to- and which also might help others.

Maybe some people simply need a prompt, some ideas, to be shown how easy it is do, if only they had the tools, & the help and maybe a little encouragement. It may take a family member to point out how good they are at;

  • Needlework
  • Patchwork
  • Reading – books /e-readers/talking books
  • Crotchet
  • Drawing/painting
  • Story telling
  • Writing their memoirs/ life stories
  • Music
  • Carfts
  • Sharing recipes
  • Puzzles/Sudoku
  • Computer classes

Meet two such people we have met, who saw the glass as half full, & made aged care fullfilling

Margaret moved into aged care (Nursing Home) in 2005 in Westmead. Margaret was always “connected” spiritually. She started reading “tea leaves” (in the bottom of tea cups) as a young woman.

When she moved into care, she started reading the tea leaves of other residents, & nurses, with such astonishing results, she soon had visiting doctors & family members lining up for her to read their cups, & paying a gold coin for her services (which she donated to a local charity).

Whilst Margaret was limited in her mobility, she found something she could do, that interested her, which also gave much satisfaction to others AND managed to contribute to those less fortunate than herself, not bad for a woman who managed to bring up seven children on her own, in Scotland with no single mothers pension. Margaret worked three jobs-

What a woman!.

Sadly Margaret is gone now, but not forgotten



steam engine

Tower Bridge

Harry  moved into aged care (Hostel) in 2007. Harry had always been a “dab hand” with his hands, I marvelled at a model aeroplane that Harry had made himself hanging in his Hostel room, he then showed me some of the models he had made whilst in the hostel, in a craft room.

Harry had made a model of the Taj Mahal, Tower Bridge (London), a paddle steamer, a windmill, Notre Dame cathedral (Paris) & steam train- ALL out of match sticks. Whilst he has plenty of time on his hands, he is putting that time to good use, & inspiring other residents to consider their own talents.

Posted: 15-Jan-2014. Author: Eric Hiam


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