Thank you from the Thitchener family
Japara Central Park was deeply saddened by the recent passing of of our amazing resident, Gloria. We organised a morning tea at our home for residents, staff and Gloria’s family to attend to celebrate Gloria’s life.
Soon after, Gloria’s family reached out to us to say thank you for everything that we have done.
“Thank you so much for taking care of our mum, Gloria, over the past three years.”
Jo Thitchener, Gloria’s daughter
Gloria’s time at Central Park
When Gloria first arrived at Central Park, she chose her room because it looked over the garden.
It didn’t take long for Gloria to engage in community life, as she enjoyed the company of other residents and our staff (as well as being fussed over and cared for!). This prompted her to get involved in the many lifestyle activities available to her at her new home. She loved Thai Chi, armchair yoga, the garden group, church services and all of the bus outings. However, Gloria’s favourite activity was Michael’s music sessions and she often shared the songs of the day with her family. She also loved the themed events, including footy tipping, Easter bonnets, spring racing, ANZAC Day, Mother’s Day and so much more – she got into them all and made outfits for different events.
“Mum also made beautiful friends here. To see mum laughing and smiling and enjoying their company was so special. I am so grateful to everyone for making it a happy three years for mum”.
“I thought the way COVID was handled here was exceptional. Mum was the first case here and she had 24/7 care in quarantine. We are so grateful for everyone who kept her safe.”
Gloria loved it when our staff referred to the garden at Central Park as “Gloria’s Garden”. So, her family decided to give our aged care home a plaque for “Gloria’s Garden” and a plant to honour her memory.
Gloria mentioned to her family before she passed that she would like them to organise a morning tea in the garden to say thank you to all of our staff, so that’s what they did. She was always grateful and thoughtful.
“I hope you’ll think of mum fondly whenever you come into the garden. I’m sure she’ll be looking down and smiling over all of you. But be warned, if you do something the wrong way, she might send you a little sign to tell you so! She was very particular about the right way to garden!”
If you or a loved one are interested in the aged care services available at Japara, contact us to have a friendly chat with one of our staff or to book a tour on 1800 52 72 72.