Danny is a resident at Liberty Supported Accommodation who shares a long and remarkable history with his friend Barb. Before COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, the pair spent a heartfelt afternoon reminiscing on their cherished memories and life’s adventures.
Our Afford residents are always supported to follow their independence and foster their relationships with family and friends.
“I can’t even put into words how beautiful the moment was when Barb answered the door and saw Danny holding flowers and a card for her. It was so heart warming and such a great day,” shared Lifestyle Assistant Michelle Smith.
When Michelle is working with Danny, she always encourages him to do activities that he cannot do alone. Danny constantly talks about Barb and Michelle knew it had been quite a while since he had seen her last so she suggested the visit. It was a swift yes and the pair were off to Barb’s house.
“It’s moments like that day that make this job so special. When you get to help someone achieve something that makes them so happy, it feels great,” continued Michelle.
The pair first met 45 years ago, when Barb was working as the local bus driver. Danny would catch her bus home from school and she became a friend of the family. They reminisced on their shared memories and they both had some great stories to tell.
“Danny also really enjoyed getting to be quite independent on the day. He made his own choices, including selecting the flowers and writing on the card,” said Michelle.
Barb shared some old photos with Danny and they spent some time on the lounge with her dog as well. Finally, after a teary goodbye, Danny and Michelle headed back home.
Danny and Barb remind us to be grateful for the simple things in life and how important it is to remind our loved ones that we appreciate them.
At Afford’s Supported Accommodation, you will always have support by your side to do what makes you happy and find your independence.