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Joan and Phil spent many happy years living in Mt Gravatt and Coorparoo before Phil had a bad fall and was admitted to the Mater Hospital for treatment.
In the same week, Joan became ill and was also admitted to the Mater – they were in hospital together.
It became clear that they needed extra help and couldn’t keep up with the daily household maintenance on their own, so the decision was made to move to Bethesda Caring Centre at Corinda.
Joan says that first step was difficult. “We didn’t even go home before moving into Bethesda – we came straight from the hospital, and I found that to be a real struggle. The day we moved in was my birthday, and when I was brought in, there was a huge banner in the foyer that said ‘Happy Birthday Joan’, and another big banner in our room that said, ‘Welcome to Bethesda Joan and Phil’. It was a beautiful touch that made a very hard day that little bit easier.”
Phil is so impressed by the staff at Bethesda. “They really go out of their way to make this feel like home – to make you feel like you’re part of a family. The Bethesda Family. It’s so welcoming. And the staff are absolutely magnificent.” Joan agrees. “They always seem to know just when you need a little extra attention. They’re always ready with a smile and a hug. You never feel alone, it just warms your heart.”