Sam and Heather relish the best in home care

The spicy aromas of jams and chutneys are filling Sam Hunter’s life once again.

Back in the kitchen with the help of Carinity Home Care, Sam, 89, is fulfilling a passion he thought we would have to give up.

“I used to make up to 35 varieties of jams and chutneys – in two years I made 1100 bottles of rosella jam alone – but I gave that away about three years ago,” he says.

“But now with the help of Carinity carers, they’re helping me but I’m teaching them how to make jam and chutneys and relish … and they’re loving it.”

Sam, an avid gardener who has about 280 plants in his backyard greenhouse, and his wife Heather, 87, are living independently in their home of 19 years thanks to the aid of Carinity.

“In the last couple of years we have been getting assistance from Carinity. They are just so thoughtful. They help with everything inside and outside the house,” Sam says.

“They come and do gardening, planting plants and weeding gardens and they take us to do our shopping and to see our doctors, chemists and physio.

“We just could not cope at the moment without them.”

Heather, a knitting whiz, says Carinity’s Lifestyle Carers “do what I can’t do” around the house.

“I like to try and do something so I do the load of washing, put it in the basket and they put it on the line,” she says.

Carinity Home Care means the great-grandparents can still enjoy their independence while living in a friendly neighbourhood, with a little bit of support.

“I still love my garden and I get out occasionally doing a bit of cultivating,” says Sam, whose passion for plants and flowers started at the age of four.

“The important thing is we’ve got good neighbours and I can continue with my other hobby – albeit on a small scale.”

Carinity Home Care assists with nursing, personal grooming, household chores, shopping and other activities.

If you are at the stage of life where you wish to continue living at home but require a little help, visit or call 1300 109 109.

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