His great age made him fragile but he was always treated with dignity and respect. I think he really came to know his carers, had some good conversations with them, and came to feel secure.
Having to move Dad in to a rest home was one of the hardest decision we, as a family, had to make and I am so grateful we chose well. Every last member of the staff I encountered provided a warm, friendly and caring atmosphere.
I wish to thank everyone for caring for Brian so kindly during his nine months at St Helenas. He settled in well and quickly became very fond of you all, as did I, as I was always made to feel very welcome.
Mum settled in really well, considering she never ever wanted to go into a rest home. This was due to all the friendly staff being very accommodating and welcoming... it was a special time for me as I could enjoy being a daughter again.
I am most impressed with all the activities run at Radius Matua, everyone seems to be joining in and looking happy. I know my Mother always tried to join in most things. So if she is happy, so am I.
For Mum, the transition from independence to a total dependence came swiftly as a result of a stroke. But she was able to adjust to her new home thanks largely to her powerfully positive outlook on life and the consistently high level of care she received.