She's smart, quirky and loving - Meet Judith. We were excited to hear her story and sat down with her to learn a little more about her personal life and the difference that Calvary Community Care has made in her life.
We were excited to hear Judith’s story and sat down with her to learn a little more about her and the difference that Calvary Community Care has made in her life. Judith was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She is a trained teacher librarian and has an absolute passion for books and reading. Her favourite novel is the international literary sensation ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
Judith lives with her cat Bella, who she describes as the love of her life. She is a proud mother of two children, and a devoted grandmother to her four-year-old granddaughter. She is also quite the traveller, as she tries to visit her daughter and granddaughter, who reside in Germany, at least once every year. Her favourite time to visit is around winter time, and she describes the snow in Germany as a Winter Wonderland.
Judith has many things that she would like to do around her home, but struggles as she has some mobility issues. One of the first things she decided to have was a spring clean in her home, as she felt like things were getting on top of her. She described the spring clean as a big help that freshened up her whole house. She also had some gardening and home modifications done in and around her home, which has made a difference in her life.
'I think this is one of the best things that has ever happened to me'
She is absolutely delighted to talk about her gardener, Tom, who she says has done an excellent job at her home. He has done some weeding, washed the windows inside and out, staked and trimmed plants, re-painted the kitchen and planted a few things out the front.
She spoke about a time where Tom was very thoughtful. Judith had a Magnolia plant in her front yard, which had died. She wanted to replace it with a Grevillia, which is a native plant and would attract the birds. She kindly asked Tom to get her an apricot Grevillia that would grow 2 metres tall, to replace the dead Magnolia. Upon Tom’s return, he mentioned that the apricot Grevillia would grow up to four or five metres tall, which was too large for her front yard. He did however not return empty-handed. He remembered her telling him a story about her daughter and granddaughter, in Germany, and that her granddaughter’s name meant beautiful. So, Tom returned with a plant called ‘Australian Beauty’. 'I thought that was very thoughtful and this means something special to me now, that I can think of the Australian beauty that is my daughter and granddaughter. So it is very sentimental for me,’ she said.
Her spring clean included taking down her curtains, washing and re-hanging them, stripping her bed and turning the mattress. She says, ‘I have around half a dozen things for Tom to do. Just some painting in the toilet and some numbers that I want to put on the front of the house as the numbers aren’t very clear’. She is excited for some more garden work too, which includes pruning and clearing up to make sure things are nice and tidy.
'I found their work absolutely spot-on. They're excellent and I don't have any fault with anything that they have done'
When asked if she would recommend Calvary Community Care she, with a genuine smile said that the workers are friendly, they are not intrusive and they will talk to her about what they think should be done and ask for her feedback. ‘I like that and find it very comforting that they take my feedback into consideration.’
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Founded in 1885 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, Calvary is a charitable, not-for-profit, Catholic health care organisation. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care to the most vulnerable, including those reaching the end of their life. We're responsible for over 12,000 staff and volunteers, 15 Public and Private Hospitals, 15 Retirement and Aged Care Facilities and a national network of Community Care Centres.
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