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Respite, a new lease on life

Ranji and Henry “David” Weerasoriya barely spent a day apart throughout their 53 years of marriage.

Since the day they married in Sri Lanka, they’ve travelled the world together, raised three sons and built a happy life in Nedlands, where Ranji supported David to establish his esteemed career as a respected General Practitioner and paediatrician.

Even when David, 88, was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, Ranji cared for her husband in their home for several years until it was clear that at 77, she needed support.

Respite care would give Ranji a well-needed break and time to look after herself but entrusting her beloved husband into the care of others was one of the most difficult decisions she has faced.

“That first day I was so distressed and cried all the way home thinking ‘what am I doing’,” Ranji said.

David has attended respite care at MercyCare’s Davis House for the past four years, now visiting four times a week, including one overnight stay.

According to Ranji, he loves his respite care and looks forward to his visits, which makes a world of difference to his wife.

“When David is there, he’s happy and he comes home animated,” she said.

“He loves to be with people, he has his therapy and he likes the activities there.

“I don’t have to worry about him, I know the people there will look after him.

“I’m very happy with MercyCare, they’re the best in town.

“And I love their motto – Every Person Matters – because everyone (in their care) is somebody’s loved one.”

At Davis House, David enjoys art activities, reading, listening to music, playing his harmonica and strolling in the gardens.

“It’s a huge help for me because it takes the extra stress away; at home I have to be with him the whole time, in case he falls or injures himself,” Ranji said.

“It gives me time to take care of my house, to cook and care for my family.”


At home at Davis House

Respite services give carers time to look after themselves, with the peace of mind of knowing their loved one is cared for by a caring team of professionals.

Specialising in high care dementia support, MercyCare’s Davis House offers a home-like, friendly and cheerful atmosphere with a high standard of support and care.

We provide a number of respite options which can include day, evening, overnight or 24-hour care, seven days a week.

Give our friendly team a call on 1800 637 299 or email