Father Frank finally back in Adelaide

Today (May 23) has been a day of diamonds . Sister Anne and I have secured a bed for our frail father at Glynde Nursing Home bringing the 94-year-old back from Renmark where he has lived for 13 years of his life.  Our little family group – Anne, my brother Andrew, my daughter-in-law Vanessa and myself  were given a tour of the large facility and of dad’s proposed room with its ensuite and street views. Our father has become increasingly lonely and isolated living in high care in Renmark hospital’s aged care residential facility.  After a two-year effort to find him a room, here we were thrilled at the level of accommodation and its various outdoor spaces .  We were hamstrung in our efforts to secure a room for dad because he wanted to move into a facility run by the Lutheran Church of Australia.

However, I have lived through this experience – the frustrations of trying to care for an elderly parent from afar.

Dad and I a few months ago in the Riverland

Now Anne and Ken will go to Renmark to pick Frank up on Wednesday so by that afternoon he will be in his new home…a nice big single room.   It is superb and it’s about time he got a benefit like this for his lifetime service to the Lutheran Church.  At least now I don’t have to try and hitch a ride to Renmark. This year in October he turns 95 and I think he is remarkable and tracking well to match the age of his auntie who died at the incredible age of  100 years eight months. His sister Auntie Lilian will be 92 this year, too.  If so, we will have five more years at least to enjoy his company as our family’s patriarch.






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