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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 per- ma­nently 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.

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