For the past ten years, he has had on-going chest trouble and experienced three bouts of pneumonia in a seven-week period last year. “I’ve been in every hospital you can think of, and nursing homes,” he says. “But I was so delighted when I got in here. I got a great welcome. I came in and I felt the peace immediately, and ever since then. It’s a most peaceful, heavenly place to be,” Robert says.
The friendly staff give him great peace of mind, he adds. “They are so kind and considerate and helpful,” he says. “Nothing is a problem for them. At night time when they’re putting me down to bed, the last thing they say is, to ring them if I need anything and it doesn’t matter how often. That’s a great comfort to me. I’m happy to know that no matter what I need, they’ll provide it. The food is good too!”
“I’ve no worries at all now, being here. All my worries are gone. They left me when I came in here.” “All the staff here at the hospice are great,” Robert adds. “They have been helping me learn how to use an electric wheelchair, and they always come round with a cup of tea.” Robert particularly appreciates this care, as he was on his own at his home in Dartry.
“It was always a worry as I was on my own at home. Even my dog, a poodle named Theo, died. He was a great comfort. I had him for 14 and a half years, but he passed away at Christmas time.” Robert says he had always had a great interest in his garden at home and has been enjoying the grounds surrounding the hospice in Harold’s Cross.
“I was out in the garden here yesterday with my daughter,” he says. “It’s a lovely garden, and beautifully laid out.” Robert has also been taking advantage of the therapies on offer and has participated in several Tai Chi classes.
He says all his children are really happy with the new rooms, where he is staying. “They were amazed by the new facilities, because they hadn’t been here in a while. Joan died here ten years ago and she was comfortable here. She was happy, and I was happy with the care she received – it was the same sort of hands-on care I get from staff now.”
“That was one of the reasons I wanted to return here. My brother-in-law died here too, as did my cousin of mine,” Robert adds.
“If you need a place like this, keep praying that you get it. I’m delighted I could come here.”