Take a moment with Mario

Sonia Lim 14 Mar 2022

We have so many kind and inspiring family members who visit our villages. Mario is one of those shining lights that leaves behind a brightness wherever he goes. Mario spends countless hours visiting his mum, Annamma, who lives in our RFBI Concord Community Village.

Annamma moved into our village mid last year during the COVID-19 lockdowns after experiencing a stroke. Mario lives in America and travelled to Australia as soon as he was able to spend as much time as possible with his mum. Besides the lockdowns, Mario has visited his mum​ every day since he arrived in December and is often here from morning to night.

We all enjoy Mario’s company and look forward to his visits.

“When I was in the USA, I would call my mum 3-4 times a day. Julie from the village has been amazing at keeping us in touch from afar and has been accommodating to anything I needed for my mum. She even tried to help me find a place to stay when I came over to Australia so that I could be nearby,” Mario shared.

Mario said that whilst the pandemic has been testing for all, particularly those working in aged care, the RFBI team have been wonderful and his mum is always happy and laughing here.

“Mum gets along with everyone there. I like to encourage her to join in the activities and hope she starts to participate in future social events,” Mario said.

“Everyone is trying their best to support the residents and work through the challenges of COVID-19. I definitely recommend RFBI Concord Masonic Village to other people who need care.”

Anama is a wonderful addition to our home, and we’ve learnt so much about her through Mario. We’ve discovered she was the first female to drive a car in her hometown and that she regularly greets her son (and always has) with the question “have you eaten?”

Mario has a wonderful mum on his hands!

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