Mary Ooi (98) has been awarded the title of longest residing resident at Ozcare Ozanam Villa Clontarf. Ms Ooi moved into the aged care facility in 1997 when she was 79 years old and no longer able to manage the stairs in her daughter’s highset house.
19 years on, Ms Ooi is a testament to the benefits of living in residential aged care. "As a resident of Ozanam Villa for so many years, I am living proof that I am well cared for. I have lived a long, full life and I have very good memories of community living," said Ms Ooi.
Ms Ooi said she is very fond of the staff.
"They are very gentle and kind, helpful and caring, and most importantly patient," said Ms Ooi.
A typical day for Ms Ooi at Ozanam Villa Clontarf involves attending a church service after breakfast, joining in on a wide range of lifestyle activities, her favourites being organised games and bus outings for ice cream, and sharing her lunch and evening meals in the dining room with her daughter Catherine who has been visiting her mum twice daily at the facility.
Mary Ooi's daughter, Catherine, said Ozanam Villa is not an aged care facility to her mum.
"It's not a nursing home, it is home for mum, where she is supported in a warm and caring environment," said Catherine.
"The diversional therapy team keep mum mentally and physically active within her limits and I have peace of mind that she is well taken care of."
Ozcare's Diversional Therapist Rekha Singh agrees.
"Having Mary with us for the past 19 years is a direct reflection on the care and support that she receives here, hence her longevity," said Ms Singh.
"Mary and Catherine are part of the Ozanam Villa Clontarf family - I think Catherine is even keen to move in here should the need arise."