A common fear associated with moving into aged care is that couples who have shared the same bed for most of their lives will have to be separated from their partner.
Married for over 66 years, the Drapers are one couple who were determined not to be separated when it came time for them to move into aged care.
Struggling to manage at home on their own on Bribie Island, Ron (90) found it increasingly difficult to care for his wife Gladys (87), who has Alzheimer’s and a tendency to fall. When Ron suffered a heart attack and found himself in hospital they knew they could no longer cope on their own.
Ron & Gladys’ children began the search for an aged care facility that catered for couples. During their hunt they discovered Ozanam Villa at Clontarf, an aged care facility that understands the importance of staying together when moving into aged care.
“It really feels like home,” Ron said.
“We were able to furnish our room with a few of our own things; recliners, a large flat screen TV, pot plants and our favourite rug.”
With their own bathroom and outdoor patio, the Drapers have all the privacy they need to sit back and relax, and that is just what Ron plans on doing.
“Everything is done here for you; the washing, the food, and help is only a call button away.
“If I’m honest it makes you feel a bit lazy but I’ve worked hard all my life so I figure it’s time for me to relax.”
With their children close by, Ron and Gladys are enjoying their new home.
“We’ve been married 66 years and we’ve never had a holiday away from each other, we wouldn’t be here if we couldn’t share a bed,” Ron said.
“I still remember my wedding vows; till death do we part.”
More than 1250 residents enjoy living in our 11 aged care facilities throughout Queensland, where you can get support with daily living and enjoy some extra company.