Embracing change for the better

Dan Stainsby’s father, John, moved into Amarco Apartments in July 2016. Since then,John’s life has changed dramatically and Dan knows his father is safe, connected and content.

John previously lived at Maribyrnong. His father bought the house in 1944 and it was treasured by the Stainsbys for three generations.

As with many older people, John came to be living alone. Managing the large family home and garden by himself became difficult.

“The house had become more of a burden than a blessing, but neither he nor I felt that aged care would be suitable for him,” Dan said.

“We were really rapt to find the Amarco option, which meant he was able to keep his independence without the burden of managing a three-bedroom house and garden.”

Letting go of the family home and moving to an apartment was a big change for John. But taking the plunge has opened up many new opportunities and allowed him to start a “great new chapter in his life”.

“I think he’s been able to get involved with the community at Amarco and he benefits from that engagement every day,” Dan said.

“They go for dinners regularly and they meet for fish and chips weekly. There are activities and people look out for each other there.

A lot of other residents say it was the best move they ever made and they only wish they made it sooner.

The move to Amarco has meant that Dan no longer worries about how his father is getting along and what the future may hold for him.

“It makes me so happy to know that he’s there because I know that he’s safe and well,” he said.

“I couldn’t think of a better environment for him. He has a space of his own in a really well-designed apartment.

“I also know that every day he’s experiencing good interactions with other people.”

As John ages, Amarco Apartment’s connection to Uniting AgeWell’s other services will be of great use to him and his family.

“Getting the access to home care and respite will be a really great thing as Dad gets older,” Dan said.

“Already, if he has a fall or anything goes wrong there are call buttons on the wall, so that’s another thing that puts my mind at ease.”

In-home domestic or personal assistance is available to people living in independent retirement living through government-funded Home Care Packages or privately funded services. For information about these services, contact Uniting AgeWell’s North West Community Services on T: 9680 0450.