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SwanCare couple married for 72 years reunited after time apart

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Osborne's are happy to be back together



You really get used to being together after being married for 72 years.

SwanCare is pleased to have assisted Beryl (93) and Ian Osborne (94) to continue living together as they always have – in a double room at SwanCare Tandara residential care facility – to the huge relief of the couple and their family.

With the assistance of the SwanCare team, the Osbornes have been relocated together just a few hundred metres from the unit they have shared for more than 24 years.

Prior to moving to SwanCare Tandara, Mrs Osborne was the main carer for her husband, who lives with dementia, in their independent living unit at SwanCare Bentley Park, with assistance with SwanCare’s home care service.

With a recent decline in Mrs Osborne’s health, the task of caring for her husband was becoming increasingly difficult and, following a recent fall and a hospital admission, it was determined she too would now require additional assistance and could no longer live independently.

SwanCare Chief Executive Graham Francis said that ensuring couples like the Osbornes are able to stay together is critical.

“Relocating the Osbornes within SwanCare Bentley Park where they have lived for many years means they are familiar with SwanCare staff and their friends are nearby and can drop in to visit,” Mr Francis said. “Their new residence at SwanCare Tandara Residential Care means they share a room and can enjoy each other’s company.”

While Mrs Osborne was recovering in hospital with her fractured wrist, Mr Osborne was in respite care and they missed each other terribly.

Their Son, Mr Alan Osborne, is thrilled his parents will continue to live together and feels fortunate for the support of the team at SwanCare.

“When I would pick dad up to visit mum in hospital, he would have all his belongings packed ready to go home. It was a very difficult time and they really missed one another. We were concerned at the thought of not finding them a place together with the care they need, but we are delighted with result,” Mr Osborne said.

 “The SwanCare at Home team have helped with various tasks at mum and dad’s house for many years. Having their help with the paperwork and assisting us to find a solution quickly has been a huge relief. Their compassion, and being familiar with mum and dad’s situation, is a great comfort for our family,” Mr Osborne concluded.

SwanCare Tandara is part of WA’s largest integrated retirement and aged care campus – SwanCare Bentley Park – which offers a range of independent living options as well as three residential care facilities.

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