May Noonan Centre by Lyndoch Living resident Bob was born in Trundle, a small town in central west New South Wales, in 1929. He fondly remembers growing up on farms and using horse-drawn power instead of tractors.
Working on a 1000 acre+ farm owned by Mr Taylor, who also had racehorses and greyhounds. Bob recalls riding a special mare when Mr Taylor said, “when I give her a whistle, be prepared to hang on.” So down the track, the gates were open, Mr Taylor rode up beside Bob and gave a little whistle. The mare took off! “It was the liveliest ride of my life – and I did stay on,” he said.
Moving to Griffith, where his two sisters lived, Bob managed a farm for the Jones brothers earning three-pound 12 and six a week. Half a mile down the road was another farm that grew naval oranges, lemons and vegetables. The owner approached Bob offering him work concreting a reservoir. It was here that Bob formed a long-lasting friendship with a gentleman named Mario.
Bob worked with his dad on the land in Beaufort and sang in the church choir. There was a young nurse named Nola who attended the same church. Gaining the courage to ask her out, Bob arranged to meet Nola at a specific location. He was waiting outside the hospital, and Nola was waiting inside. Thinking Nola wasn’t coming, Bob went off to the movies on his own. Ten minutes later, Nola walked into the cinema and sat down beside Bob. They married and had two boys and two girls together.
Moving to a farm between Penshurst and Caramut, Bob worked as a station hand. Eventually, Bob and Nola settled in Timboon, where Bob drove a bus before working at the Cobden Dairy Company. Bob’s love of learning and sense of adventure shines through when he speaks, saying he’d still love to travel.
“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)