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A Family’s Story

Judith Richens, Griffith Village

“Mum was living on her own near a very busy street. She was starting to forget her medication, she’d forget, she was getting our names wrong and every time I visited she’d ask me when I’d be coming back.

I was tired, stressed and exhausted. I didn’t want her to be lonely and I didn’t know how fast the dementia would accelerate.

I knew we needed help. So we looked around. I rang Scalabrini and they said they had a position. So we came out and looked at a room in their new dementia unit.

She’s looked after me for so long and I knew I couldn’t bring her to my place. She’s been a single mum; she’s had a tough life. I didn’t want her to have to worry about anything.

They said it would take 4-6 weeks for her to settle in and they were right.

She hardly ever sits in her room. She likes to come out and do whatever everybody else is doing. I know she’s in good hands and she’s eating well. Now when we pick her up and take her out she’s happy to come back to Scalabrini Village. She says, “I’m ready to go home now.”