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Anthony's Story

4th April 2018

Anthony comes from a big family, the eldest of three brothers and one sister. He has been living at Benetas St John’s Park in Mooroolbark for the last five years.

“My sister and my brother spoke with my doctor and I came here,” he says.

Anthony’s main passion in life is gardening. His handiwork is on display through the gardens of St John’s Park.

Along one path, Anthony has potted succulents in colourful pots and an old wheelbarrow. In another courtyard, he looks after a vegetable garden which is just beginning to sprout.

When the weather is good, being outdoors is part of Anthony’s daily routine.

“After breakfast with the other residents, I’ll probably go outside and do a bit of gardening,” he says.

Anthony comes from a big family, the eldest of three brothers and one sister.

He has been living at Benetas St John’s Park in Mooroolbark for the last five years.

For the past few years, Anthony has also been volunteering at Kevin Heinze, a local gardening centre in Doncaster. He works with groups who ask for his advice.

“They have their own gardens and they ask me what to do,” he says.

He travels by train and bus to get to the centre each week, and likes that his home is close to the train station.

When not gardening, Anthony enjoys some of the other social activities at St John’s Park. Happy Hour is held once a month, and allows the residents to catch up.

“We have some nibbles, wine and lemonade,” he says.

The staff are nice. They really look after people.

The Hall is another communal social space that residents enjoy. Anthony plays indoor carpet bowls every Saturday afternoon, and attends the bingo which is held on a Tuesday evening. Anthony chose to watch the AFL Grand Final there.

Fortnightly bus trips to the local shops and scenic drives are organised by the facility, allowing Anthony to pursue his other hobby, card making.

“I go shopping and look around to buy things for the cards – stickers and things like that. I give the cards out to people here, the staff and people at Kevin Heinze.”

Living at the residence means that Anthony can access all the services he needs in one location. A doctor comes fortnightly and a physiotherapist visits every day. There are also the Benetas staff who help residents with their daily needs.

“The staff are nice. They really look after people,” Anthony says.