Meet Lyndoch Village Hub resident Nola, who was born in 1942 at the Geelong Private Hospital. Nola grew up in Apollo Bay with her parents, three brothers, and sister. She remembers always playing outside with her siblings, as her mother had a rule that they could not come inside until dinner was ready. Nola attended primary school in Apollo Bay and then Sacred Heart College in Geelong.
After completing school, Nola was unsure what she wanted to do for her career. A friend was going off to nursing school, so Nola decided she would do the same. Nola began her training at the Geelong Base Hospital and lived on the campus for three years. Once Nola had completed her training, she decided to move to Brisbane and complete her Midwifery training.
Nola then moved back to Geelong and began working as the Night Supervisor Nurse at the Holy Cross Hospital. After completing this placement, she moved to Melbourne and worked in the intensive care unit at St Vincent’s Hospital. One day Nola was talking with a friend, and they told her that she would make a great Bush Nurse; this directed Nola to her next adventure.
Nola packed up her life in Melbourne, moved to Mallacoota and became the local Bush Nurse, which she says was a highlight of her career. Nola worked at several other hospitals over the years, even working at Lyndoch Living in the Audrey Prider Centre.
Later in life, Nola stepped away from nursing and became a Nanny. Her career change allowed her to do some travelling. She travelled across China, India, and New Zealand. However, one of Nola’s proudest achievements in her life was hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand.
Five years ago, Nola moved into the Lyndoch Village Hub and began receiving services through the Living@Home Program. She said, “it is the best thing I have done.”
Thanks for sharing Nola.
“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)