AS WE move into our golden years, we deserve to live a happy life unencumbered by worry.
For many of our older residents, that can come with moving into an aged care home, which is exactly what you can expect when joining the community of residents at Bupa Griffith - security, care and freedom without the worries.
Bupa Griffith is a boutique facility in a quiet neighbourhood that caters for 77 residents, with between 70 and 80 staff members, most of whom are local to the area.
General manager Karthik Ramamurthy has 25 years' experience in hospitality all over the world.
"I want to bring a high level of service to Bupa Griffith to enhance the level of care for our residents and to make sure that they are happy," he said.
The facility has a range of communal areas, quiet rooms, and space for activities and dining, while there are also outdoor spaces to keep busy in or relax, or to enjoy with family and friends.
"Our kitchen caters for all our residents tastes and needs both dietary and culturally," Mr Ramamurthy said.
Other facilities include hairdressing, appointment escorts, physiotherapy, and pastoral care and church services from various religious denominations.
Residents have their social and cultural needs met through visits and outings.
"We have a team of volunteers that come in to talk to the residents and help with activities and theme days, such as Australia Day and Diwali," Mr Ramamurthy said.
Residents can also participate in bingo, tai chi, gardening, cooking, student visits, and Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services, as well as Christmas parties for residents and families.
Choirs entertain the residents and they also attend Griffith Regional Theatre for shows.
There are outings to the orange sculptures during Griffith Spring Fest and to Beelbangera General Store for afternoon tea, while day trip destinations - such as Hillston, Darlington Point, and Lake Cargelligo - are decided by residents.
The home also has three guinea pigs - Donald, Minnie and Ginger - who are spoiled and petted by the residents.
Doris Irvin has been at Bupa about three years.
Born in Barellan and growing up in Weethalle, Doris said despite the depression and war she was happy.
"I was friends with Evonne Gooloogong's mum and my dad was friends with her grandfather," Doris said.
"I remember her as a little girl hitting a ball with a stick on the wall of their verandah.
"We built her a wall and called it 'Evonne's Wall' and we got her a racquet to make it better for her.
"I also remember when she went to Sydney to live and play tennis. She would always come and see me when she came home to Barellan."
Doris enjoys being taken care of at Bupa, not having to worry about cooking and being looked after.
"I have made friends here and there are also a couple that I knew before and I am able to go and do things if I want," she said.
"I am happy here."
Lance Parker is a more recent arrival, moving to Bupa Griffith six months ago.
Born at Hillston, Lance was a teacher for 15 years, before turning his hand to farming, first at Tabbita and then at Hillston.
He continues to enjoy reading, particularly about history, but Lance also loves poetry - including writing and reciting his own works.
"I have full time care (at Bupa) and there is always someone here if I need assistance," he said.
"The staff are very good. I have people to talk to, and I am still independent and can enjoy the activities if I wish to."
- For more information about moving into the aged care home or to book a visit, contact Bupa Griffith.