Meet Lyndoch Living resident Frank.
Frank was born in 1929 in Warrnambool, growing up on a farm in Nirranda with his seven brothers and sisters. Growing up on the farm, Frank was very hands-on. From a young age, he would get out and help his dad clear the land, often trying to lift things that were too big for him. When he would try to pick up heavy branches, his dad would say, “give it a yank son,” which led to his nickname ‘Yank’.
At around 17, Frank began playing football for the @NirrandaFootballNetballClub as a full back. He played and was involved with the club for many years, winning many premierships and even being Club Secretary for some time.
Frank married and had five children. When he was around 40 years old, he purchased a dairy farm in Elingamite. At the age of 50, Frank suffered a health scare and decided he didn’t want to die milking cows, so he sold the farm, moved to Cobden, started a wood cutting business, and delivered wood all around the region.
In 1974 Frank’s daughter joined the Scouts in Cobden. He became involved in the club. After learning that they weren’t very financially viable, he suggested starting up weekly card tournaments to try and raise some money. Even though his suggestion was quietly laughed at. The club’s debt had been paid off within two years, and the tournaments continued for over 40 years.
In 2015 Frank was reunited with an old friend, Helen. The pair fell in love and married in 2017. In June 2021, Frank moved into Lyndoch and is best known for his cheeky personality and a firm handshake.
Thanks for sharing Frank.
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Family of Living@Home clients
“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the Living@Home team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”
Family Member of Living@Home client
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Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)
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Family Members of Living@Home clients
“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch Living@Home team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”
Michelle (Living@Home client)
“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband. This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”
Christine (Living@Home client)
“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”
Maurice (Living@Home client)
“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands. I could not ask for anyone better”
Joan (Living@Home client)
“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”
Stuart (Swinton East)
“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”
John (Lake Lodge)
“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”
Margaret (Lake Lodge)
“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”
Lynette (Swinton East)