Margaret Heard has called Lyndoch Living home for just over nine years, joking that on her 10th anniversary, that she thinks a bar should be named after her!
Born in Hamilton, into a farming family, Margaret was the youngest of six and said she had a lovely childhood. From the age of five, she loved to cook, it was something that made her happy, and she enjoyed cooking with her family. She also enjoyed knitting and sewing and was involved in a girls marching group where she competed all over the region.
At 16, Margaret met Ian, her husband of almost 60 years. They created a beautiful family, having four children together. Two of the girls were born within 12 months of each other, which was challenging at times, but Margaret says that is one of her proudest achievements. The pair also have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Still, Margaret says that her friends and the Lyndoch team are also an important part of her family.
Margaret came into Lyndoch after having back surgery and being told that she would never walk again. However, after being in Lyndoch for a while, she decided to give walking a go again. Determined and with the help of the Lyndoch team, Margaret began re-learning how to walk. Her determination paid off, and she can now walk up and down the passages using her frame.
One of Margaret’s favourite memories since being at Lyndoch was teaching primary school kids how to knit. “Seeing their smiling faces walk through the door always made my day,” she said. Margaret still enjoys her cooking at Lyndoch and loves to be social and joining in on all the activities. Margaret appreciates everything Lyndoch has been able to do for her and is very happy to call it home.
“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”
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
“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”
Leanne (daughter of Living@Home client)
“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”
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)