Looking for aged care before you are quite ready is the best way to ensure a smooth transition from your own home into community living. This has been Noel’s experience since he moved into Seasons Waterford West, an aged care community in the Logan region south of Brisbane, in May 2017.
Having lived alone since his wife passed away in 2013, Noel decided to start his search with the help of his daughter.
“I said to my daughter one day, we should go around and look at places and see what’s available as the time is going to come when I do have to make a decision,” says Noel.
Noel and his daughter visited Waterford West for a tour and Noel liked what he saw. With only one apartment available at the time, he decided to take the leap.
“It’s got everything I want, it’s a nice unit and the place seems friendly and I thought, why not? I just decided to move. I wasn’t ready to go, I didn’t intend to go but I did, and I’m not sorry!”
Noel – at 89 years old – proves that after a long career with Queensland Rail that age is no barrier to trying something new and has even taken up a new sport since moving into Seasons.
“I worked on the railways for – without being too precise – 48 years, 10 months and three days,” says Noel with a grin.
“I’ve never played indoor bowls before but since I’ve been here I’ve been playing bowls every time it’s on and I like the game.”
When asked what he would tell somebody thinking of moving into an aged care community such as Seasons, Noel answers in his characteristic down to earth style.
“I’d tell them it’s a good place. The meals are pretty good and the people are friendly.
“People say when you come to these places ‘What do you do? Sit in your room all day?’ I say ‘No, you can if you want to but you don’t have to, there’s plenty to do. Especially for someone living alone. You’re much better off in an environment like this than sitting at home by yourself.”