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There weren’t many dry eyes around Seasons Aged Care Mango Hill last week as residents and staff mourned one of their original residents, Olive, who passed away peacefully in her apartment at the age of 101. Here, her son Ron reflects on her care at Seasons. 

Olive moved into Seasons Mango Hill shortly after it opened in 2010 with her husband. When he passed away in 2013, Olive began a new phase of her life becoming actively involved in the community and getting close to her fellow residents and carers who became very much like family.

Ron says he believes the stars were all in alignment when he found Seasons for his parents eight years ago.

“It was just perfect for them and for us. I think Mum wouldn’t have lasted until 101 and a half without being here with the care she was getting, the friendships from the residents as well as the staff,” says Ron.

“The carers are all devoted, loving professional carers. They got to know her. They knew what she liked, what she didn’t like – just how to care for her in the best way possible.

Ron, who lives in the United States, was able to make it back to be with his mother on her final day.

“The care in her last few days, you couldn’t ask for anything more. Just constant care and monitoring,” says Ron.

“I got here Thursday morning and got to see her before she passed in the afternoon, so that was great. There was a constant stream of carers coming in just making sure she was comfortable. She did die very peacefully that afternoon.

“The care manager was there with me and it was a difficult time but she made sure that I was being looked after as well as mum.”

Ron talks about his parents, their reasons for choosing Seasons Aged Care, and the care his mother Olive received at Seasons Mango Hill – including at Seasons Mango Hill’s Rivendell day respite centre:
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Belinda Peters
Belinda brings more than 17 years experience in journalism to her role as Seasons Digital Content Writer. As our blog editor, Belinda will take the confusion out of aged care with entertaining and informative stories from across the aged care industry and our Seasons communities.