Home care – helping the whole family
We chatted with Mary Butterworth, whose mother Julie is a Southern Plus home care client, to find out about the benefits of home care for not only the recipient but also for their loved ones.
Julie Butterworth is 89 and lives independently at home in Myaree. Happily married to husband Bill for more than 40 years, they lived on a farm in Beverley raising their three children Charlie, Patrick, and Mary. Sadly, Bill passed away in 2000, and while Julie continued to live in Beverley, in 2014 she decided to move to Perth to be closer to family.
Mary said even though her mother was still very independent and enjoyed living in her own home, Julie’s health had declined over the past few years as she was more frail with arthritis and also experiencing some memory loss.
“Our family all share the responsibility of making sure mum is ok, and I live very close by so I can drop in regularly, but I have a busy full-time job and my own family commitments, so I just don’t have the available time to provide the level of support that mum needs.”
To continue living at home safely, it was clear Julie would need some home care services and support.
“Southern Plus help mum with cleaning, gardening, shopping, food preparation, changing beds and doing the laundry. She also had some sessions with the physiotherapist after recovering from a recent fall,” Mary said.
“Being independent is important to mum so I want her to be able to live at home for as long as she possibly can. With Southern Plus home care services, our family have peace of mind knowing she has all the support she needs.”
Julie also stays active by enjoying her favourite hobbies including knitting, watching shows on the ABC, visiting the local village centre and going for her daily walk to the local duck pond.
Mary said it was reassuring for her and her family knowing that their mum was being well taken care of, and even more so because her mum was so happy with the care she receives.
“Being independent is important to mum so I want her to be able to live at home for as long as she possibly can. With Southern Plus home care services, our family have peace of mind knowing she has all the support she needs.
“Mum especially likes that she has the same care staff turn up and they are always on time. Most importantly, she really likes them too,” Mary said.
From her own perspective, Mary said the Southern Plus staff were an absolute pleasure to deal with.
“Whenever I call Southern Plus to talk about mum’s services, I only have to deal with one person and she takes care of everything.
“I also like that the staff who care for mum are friendly, well organised and reliable. Because of this, I don’t worry about her because I know she’s well looked after.”