We all like to maintain our independence as we age and Diversicare recipient Adamacia Lava Da Silva says she is no different.
Ninety-three year old Adamacia has lived with her daughter Eunice and her family for the last 17 years since migrating from Brazil at the age of 76.
The care that Adamacia receives enables Eunice to care for other family members and to continue her shift work as a nurse at a busy Brisbane hospital.
Adamacia’s home care worker Karen has been caring for Adamaica for the last seven years, ever since Adamacia had her hip operation.
Adamacia receives a Home Care Package with Karen providing personal care and social support every day. Without Karen’s care, Eunice says the household would not function as smoothly as it does.
“Karen takes the load off me and with her language skills is able to converse with Mum and maintain that social interaction with her. They have formed a strong bond; even though Karen speaks Spanish she is able to understand Portuguese and for that I am grateful,” she says.
Karen provides companionship to Adamacia while helping her with showering and the support and connection offered to her mum is a source of comfort for Eunice.
“The best thing about Diversicare is that it gives me the opportunity to go about my other commitments and to go to work and not worry about my Mum and I know she is getting the best of care.”