Home is where the heart is
FAMILY has played a significant part in Rocky Bay’s very cheeky and happy customer Maria Bassano’s life.
Born into a loving Italian family, the 60-year-old has always had a caring and supportive network surrounding her.
Maria’s older sister Vita Quincy (83) was the sole carer for Maria for more than 20 years after their mother died, a role she was very happy to have played.
Maria first started using Rocky Bay’s services 22 years ago when she stayed in the respite facility at Mosman Park.
She was then a regular visitor at Rocky Bay’s Guest Houses in Gosnells, Beeliar and Rockingham.
The homes provided peace of mind for Maria’s family when they travelled overseas or were in need of some R&R, giving them comfort in the knowledge Maria had 24/7 qualified support and care, and was well-looked after in a home she was always so excited to visit.
Vita said Maria’s face lit up when asked about her time at Rocky Bay’s Guest Houses, where she would enjoy a mini getaway, go out on day trips and meet new friends.
“She absolutely loved it there and everyone absolutely loved Maria,” she said.
“Every time I used to pick Maria up from the guest homes, she would always ask if I was going to take her back because she enjoyed it so much.”
When Vita found herself in a position where she could no longer take care of Maria as she was once able to, the family decided it was time to look for a more suitable long-term living arrangement, which would provide Maria with the care and support she required.
Vita said making the decision to look for full-time accommodation support for Maria was an emotional one, but any worries or angst quickly dissipated when Rocky Bay suggested one of its group homes as an option after one of her Guest House visits.
To assist Maria with her transition from short-term respite services into longterm supported accommodation, Vita worked closely with the Rocky Bay team to find a suitable home that would enable Maria to live the way she chose and do all the things she enjoyed most.
Rocky Bay supported Vita in submitting her applications for WA State Government funding and worked with the family for Maria to first move into the Beeliar Guest House.
While Maria and Vita awaited the funding application to be processed, they visited Rocky Bay’s Rockingham group home to see whether it would suit Maria.
They decided it was the perfect fit and Rocky Bay organised for Maria and Vita to visit the home several times to give Maria an opportunity to get to know the other residents and acquaint herself with the house before moving permanently in mid-2017.
Maria now enjoys helping out with the day-to-day tasks in the house, including cooking, does a spot of gardening in the home’s large backyard and socialising with her housemates.
“This is my home; I love it here,” Maria said.
Vita said they were both extremely grateful for the support and friendship they had received from Rocky Bay over the years and she felt at ease knowing Maria was in capable and caring hands.
“I never would change Rocky Bay for anything, and I have had a lot to do with them over the years,” she said.
“I know Rocky Bay’s staff always look after Maria.
“The lovely, caring staff always find the time to talk to us and help us and that makes a lot of difference.
“The time they spend looking after Maria, it’s worth every cent.
“I don’t know how I’d manage without Rocky Bay.”
Rocky Bay has a variety of guest homes for shortterm respite, as well as group homes, independent living and residential longterm accommodation located across the metropolitan area for adults living with disability.
With a focus on providing exceptional care, friendly support, and a warm and comfortable environment, Rocky Bay can assist you or your loved one to find accommodation to meet your needs. Visit www.rockybay.org.au.
Vita Quincy and Maria Bassano have found Maria a new home at Rocky Bay in Rockingham.