A LOVE of talking, sharing a cup of tea and catching up on family news are the simple pleasures that Mercy Place Mandurah resident Shirley Crowhurst and her daughter Sharon Werndly enjoy on a daily basis.
Mrs Werndly visits her mum at the not-for-profit aged care home six days a week and is the first to admit the home is a particularly happy place to visit.
“When Mum entered the retirement home, I was a bit worried about how she would settle but she just loves living at Mercy Place Mandurah and the staff are absolutely amazing,” says Ms Werndly.
“It’s just so nice to spend a bit of time with her every day and I also look forward to having a chat with the other residents; it’s a really relaxed environment and everyone is so friendly.”
Mrs Werndly, together with her parents and sister, immigrated to Australia from the UK in 1963 as £10 poms.
At the time, Mrs Crowhurst’s parents were working at Government House as First Lady and butler to the then-governor and his wife, Sir Douglas and Lady Kendrew and so the first place that the newly emigrated family moved into temporarily was Government House.
A few years later, they moved to Mandurah to become caretakers at Peninsula Caravan Park.
“We’ve lived in Mandurah ever since and have always loved it,” Ms Werndly said.