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"I chose Bethanie after looking at eight other Homes": Linda’s story on making Bethanie home after respite care

Linda never thought she would need respite care, let alone move into an aged care home as soon as she did, given that she was living independently in a Retirement Village, but after having several falls and heart problems, Linda had to be admitted to hospital.

“After I was sent home from hospital, my granddaughter was caring for me, but it wasn’t going to be permanent so we started looking at different aged care homes,” she said.

After looking at several aged care homes around Perth, Linda eventually settled on Bethanie Illawong for its homely feel, but more importantly because they allowed her to keep her precious cockatiels.

“Although it’s not as new as other places, it is more ‘homely’, safe and comfortable,” Linda said.

“I chose Bethanie after looking at eight different aged care home because I was looking for a place that would allow me to have my birds who are like my kids.

“We’re like a family here – we have a resident cat and a dog sometimes.”

After residing at Bethanie initially for respite, one of Linda’s main factors for becoming a permanent resident at Bethanie was because of the Wellness Centre.

“The biggest thing for me was the on-site Wellness Centre,” she said.

“It gave me something to do everyday including having a massage – it was just great to be pampered.”

Although she admitted to not knowing much about respite, Linda said the staff at Bethanie made the transition smooth for her.

“Everybody did their bit to make it easy. I was amazed at how easy it was,” Linda said.

Linda’s advice to anyone who might be considering respite but is unsure is to do as much reading as possible and not to wait until the last minute.

“I think all of us in our senior years should be educated in what respite means,” she said.

“Senior groups need to be talking about respite more and I think it’s something people don’t want to know until they have to know.”

Visit Bethanie’s respite page to find out more about how we can help you transition as smooth as possible.

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