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Barbara & John



Having loved ones close

Barbara and John value community. Barbara was mayor of the City of Waverley (now the City of Monash) and held a council seat for over nine years. Both recipients of The Order of Australia for their contributions, she and John were involved with many organisations and committees.  

The pair have remained passionate about their community – and each other – in retirement. “We made up our minds that the way to get to know people was to get involved in things and that's pretty much been our life,” says Barbara. 

Knowing that their care needs may change over time, Barbara and John chose to relocate to a village where they could stay together. A thriving community was second on the list. Ryman’s Weary Dunlop was the perfect fit. “I’ve joined the singing group which meets every Monday. There are bus trips every week and John has got to know a lot of people upstairs, too. The people are terrific.” 

When John required more care, he moved within the village. They’re both delighted that Barbara could remain close. “We’ve been here for two years now and we’re very happy,” says Barbara. Being nearby, it’s easy for them to enjoy village activities together. “We do our exercise classes, and he comes to the apartment. I see him every day, he’s right there. I have nothing but praise for John’s care. We really feel the care here is excellent.” 

Barbara says that life isn’t always roses but building a strong community for yourself is the green thumb needed for a wonderful garden. Knowing that they can stay together and engage with their community. That is Barbara and John’s measure of a full life.

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