October 3

I contacted the Village Financial Officer today  to have a chat about what fees and bond I could expect to pay when my wife accepts a offer of residential care. I was  pleasantly surprised to be told that I would not have to pay a bond. The monthly fees will be based on my wife’s assets and I would have to fill out a form listing all those. That form then goes to Centrelink and they will inform me what the fee structure would be. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that my personal assets (i.e my personal pension fund) are not taken into account in the calculation.

Today has been a very pleasant spring day with blue skies and lots of sunshine. We took the opportunity to go for a drive to Sorrento in the afternoon. Prior to that we had a busy morning. Wednesday is the house cleaning day, changing bed linen day and catching up with some laundry. Everything went very well with my wife vacuuming the carpets while I cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms. The laundry was hung out to dry by 8.00 am and back in and ironed by lunchtime. I kept thinking back to this time last year when I had never switched on a washing machine and never ironed a handkerchief let alone a shirt or a large fitted sheet. How things have changed. (I still can’t work out how to neatly fold a large fitted sheet though)


About labtad

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. Migrated to Australia in 1968 and now live in an outer South eastern suburb of Melbourne. Married since 1966 to my wife who was diagnosed with dementia in 2011. I am an imperfect follower of the Christian faith who believes that most things in life happen for a reason or purpose. The last 12 years, since my wife showed the first signs of having memory problems, have gradually taught me patience, compassion and some understanding of the situations that arise when a person Is living with dementia.
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