When Sue’s early onset dementia started to make it harder for the couple to remain in their own home, they both started to look for somewhere that would support them to stay living together.
“I did have a friend who came here (Seasons Sinnamon Park) with her daughter and she was very happy with it and so I told Ken and we came in,” says Sue.
“I couldn’t find an appropriate place for us to be together, and this was a godsend for us to move in here together. So, I can be with her and she can be with me,” says Ken.
“I did look around at other options, but I wanted somewhere that was not like a nursing home or an aged people centre,” says Ken.
As well as staying together, both Ken and Sue were looking to remain living in their local area to stay connected to family, friends and the local community. Since moving to Seasons Sinnamon Park in July they’ve even brought some of those friends with them.
“I wanted somewhere that was close to where we lived because all our friends live here. I didn’t want to move out of the area,” says Ken.
“I told my friend at the Bowls Club about it. He came and had a look and he said ‘I think I’ll move in there too!’ So, he and his wife are up on level one and they’ve been here for four weeks or so. They’re enjoying it too.
“It’s like a small community. It’s a community of aged people, and to me, that’s ideal. We all get on well with one another and have a laugh, tell some stories. It’s good fun. I enjoy it.”
Moving to Seasons has given Sue the support she needs to stay active and involved, while Ken has more free time to keep doing the things that are important to him.
“Knowing that Sue has care, I can keep doing what I’ve been doing in the past. I volunteer at the Wesley Hospital one day a week, I like to play bowls on a Friday and Saturday, and this allows me to do that because I know she’s being looked after,” says Ken.
“If we were in our own home, I would have to get care in there to assist, look after her, while I’m away, or maybe give up what I’ve been doing, but everyone I’ve spoken to had suggested that possibly the worst thing I could have done was to give up what I’ve been doing in the past, and I become a full-time carer. This allows me to do the things that I like to do and Sue doesn’t mind me doing that.”
“Sue goes for walks and then goes to the activities room to do things and as I still drive, I can take the car to Mount Ommaney and we can go down there for coffee.
“It’s been excellent for us – just what we need.”