Help at home gives peace of mind
For Len and Marie Schmeider, Carinity’s in-home care service is not only a godsend for them but for their family too.
Carinity Home Care Bundaberg’s team of Lifestyle Carers assist Len, 85, and Marie, 83, with vacuuming, washing, preparing meals and other domestic duties, as well as showering Len daily.
The care provides peace of mind to the couple’s daughters including Len’s primary carer, daughter Kaye Andersen.
“Mum and Dad could see that caring for them was taking a toll on me, having to work and then run around after work cooking and cleaning and organising medication,” Kaye says.
“If I can’t get them to an appointment, I know the team from Carinity Home Care are there and they can escort them, stay with them and then drop them home, so I have that peace of mind.
“The fact that I know someone is checking on them daily… that back-up is wonderful. They’re in their own home and I think that’s the best thing for Mum and Dad.”
Len says he and his wife “couldn’t survive without Kaye or without Carinity.”
“My daughter is officially my carer and Carinity is a back-up for her. It would be too much for Kaye otherwise. We get treated honestly and we get treated fairly,” Len says.
Receiving assistance from Carinity Home Care’s Lifestyle Carers allows Len and Maria to keep living in their much-loved Bundaberg home of 50 years.
“They walk in and they greet us with a smile, everyone’s happy and they couldn’t be more pleasant. They’re like part of the family and we treat them like family. All we can do is sing their praises,” Marie says.
“They’re absolutely marvellous and we couldn’t be happier, to be honest. Without Carinity we couldn’t survive. With Carinity coming each week my husband says he’s not leaving here!”
Carinity 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 CarinityHomeCare.org.au or call 1300 109 109.