There’s rarely a free moment in the busy diary of 85-year-old Rona Harrison, whose active lifestyle hasn’t slowed since she moved in to MercyCare’s Mercy Retirement Village in Wembley in September 2007.
A former model and artist, Rona’s found it easy to keep up her energetic lifestyle since she’s called Mercy Village home, making the most of all the recreational and social activities the dynamic, community-focused village has to offer.
As one of Perth’s premium retirement villages, Mercy Village boasts a range of communal facilities including a community lounge/bar, exercise facilities, library and computer room, as well as access to visiting services such as podiatrists.
Mercy Village is a retirement village like no other, offering 82 villas and 36 apartments idyllically situated within arm’s reach of a range of fantastic lifestyle amenities with easy access to Lake Monger, Subiaco, Leederville and the Perth CBD.
For Rona, the convenient central location of her home in the Village means she’s been able to continue taking part in a regular walking group three mornings each week at 7am, which she’s been part of for more than 10 years now.
“It’s so important to keep active – getting up early to exercise each day isn’t an easy commitment, but once you get started you find it hard to stop,” she says.
“I really enjoy life at the Village, it’s the best move I ever made. It is a real community here and there’s always a friendly face to chat to. Whenever I want to see some new faces there are coffee shops all around here, so I can go out to have a coffee and read the paper and enjoy myself.
“I also play bridge twice a week, once a week at the Village and once a week elsewhere, with a lovely group of bridge friends which is always good fun. It keeps me busy!”
After a bout of pneumonia in late 2013 which led to Rona spending three months in hospital recuperating, she found that her mobility had declined so decided to access the support of MercyCare’s Community Aged Care service while continuing to live independently in the Village.
While recovering from her illness, MercyCare provided support to Rona in the form of personal care and domestic assistance until she fully regained her independence and was able to cease the services after about six months. Since then she is back embracing life with the same vigour and enthusiasm as always.
For more information about Mercy Village, contact the Village Manager Ivan Beale on 9340 7220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org