Karen's mother, Joy, had lived on her own for many years. But when New South Wales went into lockdown due to COVID-19, the restrictions made it very difficult for Karen to visit her mum, leaving her constantly worried about her mother's health and safety.
"Her mobility is not that great any more. When she was in her own home, she'd had a couple of falls," she explains. "I'd be worried sick about her."
Karen saw firsthand the difficulties of caring for an older parent while juggling work and home responsibilities. With her mum living alone and with limited social interaction, Karen knew it was time to help her mum find a home with access to support and care, whenever she needed it.
When Karen suggested to her mum about moving into independent living, she was hesitant. As a former nurse, her mum was unsure about the level of care that retirement villages offered.
But one visit to Alan Walker Village Carlingford changed all that.
With its fresh modern units and the convenience of having help on hand, Karen was excited to find a place that met all of her mum's needs - and it was close to where Karen lives.
"I was really impressed by the cleanliness of the place [Alan Walker Village]. The gardens are just lovely and it's things like that, that really draw you in, and the friendliness of everybody," Karen explains.
Karen continues by saying how happy she is to see her mum settle in and feel right at home.
"She's got her own space in her two-bedroom apartment which is very nicely furnished," she shares. "And it's just 10 minutes away for me to visit her!"
Karen is thrilled to have her mum live close by, knowing she can continue to enjoy an independent retirement lifestyle while living in a supportive and connected community.
Now that Karen has found the perfect home for her mum, she hopes other families will be able to experience the same.
When asked what advice she'd give to people thinking about making the move to a retirement living community, Karen said, "Definitely give it a go, and see what's to offer because it might be very different to what you had first thought.
"We know the move to Alan Walker [Village] was the right decision. Life can be so short, and I feel blessed to have this gift of time with my mum."
Discover the benefits of living at Alan Walker Village Carlingford and book your private tour today. Call Craig on 0428 604 399 or visit wesleyretirementliving.org.au/sydney