How moving into care helped Dad get his spark back
Realising that an older loved one is starting to struggle at home can lead to a lot of difficult conversations and decisions. However, for Danielle Burke, helping her parents move into a care community has been a positive step that has improved quality of life for the whole family.
Danielle didn’t realise how much her parents Ted and Kay were struggling at home until after they’d moved into their new home at Seasons Aged Care.
“I wanted a place that both Mum and Dad can stay in and once dad passes, I wanted Mum to be in place, somewhere with all the facilities and care and knowing people,” says Danielle.
At Seasons, seniors have their own self-contained apartments with all the care they might need, plus lifestyle activities, and couples can stay together regardless of care needs.
“A couple of months ago they were living independently, Dad was sitting in a dark room, sleeping most of his day away because he wasn’t getting the mental or social stimulation. He was becoming depressed, his energy levels were going, the spark went out of his eyes. Since he’s been here and meeting people again, he’s excited to come down for lunch. He’s got that spark again; he has joy and he’s laughing again. It’s just honestly been amazing.”
To watch Seasons’ families tell their story, visit seasonsagedcare.com.au/family or to book in for a family tour and morning tea call 1300 732 766.