If there is one resident who knows the ins and outs of Ballarat Aged Care’s W.B. Messer Hostel it is Sue Devine!
Sue is the only original resident still living in the hostel, having spent the past 22 years calling it home. Following doctors orders, Sue moved into the hostel when she was 48 and has definitely found her new home and made many good friends along the way.
Sue was born in Kew and grew up in Skipton and then Wendouree, so she liked being able to stay in a familiar suburb when she moved.
“I like living at W.B. Messer as it is close to the Village where I can go independently on my scooter for some shopping or to visit the library,” Sue said.
“I really feel safe at the hostel. The care is fantastic and the staff are all lovely and helpful,” she said.
That’s not to say Sue always felt so at ease about moving into Aged Care.
“When I first moved I was concerned about losing my independence and having to rely on other people for things, but I just had to accept that it,” Sue said.
“I’ve learnt so many skills since moving into the hostel and I now really enjoy communal living. I can spend time on my own when I want to, and when I want to be with other people there is always someone to chat to,” she said.
Some of Sue’s favourite things to do are being on her computer, watching sport on TV (she particularly likes watching Hawthorn play and loves the cricket in summer), group lunch outings, pizza nights at the hostel and the special singers that visit the hostel to entertain the residents. She also loves her weekly pampering at nail care and weekly painting group.
“At W.B. Messer, I still have some independence and can go out on my own, but I know that there is always a friend close by and excellent care when I need it. I always feel safe and really enjoy living here,” Sue said.