On the 24th of June 2013 I came to Freedom Aged Care filled with fear and trepidation, after spending 10 weeks in hospital with a Spontaneous Fracture in my spine.
Not knowing what to expect in this new phase of my life and experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort, my loving and caring family spent time helping me settle into my unit.
From day one the staff were excellent, very helpful and caringly gave me all the help and care I needed. At the time I did a lot of crying in the first week and wondering what was ahead of me. I ate my meals in my unit and did not often venture out. The staff encouraged me to go to morning tea, lunch and supper. Eventually a staff member said to me, “tomorrow come and join us for a meal”. Gradually I met people and went to the community room for meals as well as some activities. That seems a long time ago and I am now very involved in the lifestyle programs and anything that is going on in the village.
Thankfully almost three years on it is very different to my early days here, I am now independent and don’t require any help at all and I know the wonderful staff are only a call away day or night if I need them.
When I come to my unit at night and lock the door, It’s comforting to know that I am safe and help is close at hand.
I am very happy in the lifestyle I am leading and would encourage people needing support and help in their later years to consider Freedom.
I am here for the rest of my life and don’t have to worry if my needs change and my health requires extra attention because the care I need will be here.