For many, winning the lotto means winning millions of dollars, but for local Perth resident Brian Ridge, winning the lotto was finding Juniper John Bryant for his wife, Denise Brown.

Denise was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at 56 years of age, but despite her diagnosis, she knows exactly what makes her happy – her husband and dancing.

“As soon as I arrive, Denise’s face lights up,” said Brian.

Brian was caring for Denise at home for three years, but after a progressive decline in her ability to live well day to day, he knew she needed specialised care.

“It is not easy giving up your love to a residential aged care home, but I have won the lotto with Juniper John Bryant. They are kind and caring, and always offer us both so much support,” added Brian.

Denise was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in 2018 and spent more than 100 days in hospital.

“Denise is now so settled in her new home and has even come off her anxiety medication. It is the biggest relief for me.”

Brian visits Denise five days a week after work and explains it as his favourite part of his day.

“Some days I take her for a drive along the coast and we get her favourite drink – a thick shake from Hungry Jacks, and other days we spend time together at the facility and dance.”

“To me, any facility is as good as its staff, and the staff at John Bryant are amazing,” added Brian.

Brian and Denise have been able to maintain their special bond throughout COVID-19 visitor restrictions thanks to Junipers Partner in Care program.

Juniper introduced Partners in Care to enable visitors to continue to visit aged care homes as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners in Care aims to maintain valuable connections older people have with family, friends, and the community as well as reduce the risk of isolation and loneliness.

Caroline Pereira, John Bryant Residential Manager said that Brian is like many of their visitors.

“Our residents and their loved ones are always at the centre of everything that we do, and we do all that we can to keep them connected. Our visitors come in for meals and are welcome to be involved in any of our activities – from high tea, to dancing, there is always something fun for them to be involved in,” said Caroline.

At Juniper, we understand the challenges that come with living with dementia. John Bryant is a dementia-specific facility; however, we offer person-centered care across our 26 aged care homes, so all residents have a life well-lived.

For more information about our residential aged care homes call 1300 313 000.

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