Resident Interviews

Resident Interviews

Read about some of the amazing people living at our four villages.

Jill Dale get’s called an angel by some people in Braeside Park, but she’s having none of it. “If I’m an angel, my halo is rusty". She says any service to other residents is just her way of giving back and showing gratitude for all she has been given over the years.

Read More

At 99 Don Simpson boasts a life of good health and much love. Though there was a hiccup in North Africa in 1943 that set him back a bit. In fact it took him almost two years to learn to walk again after he was hit by enemy fire in Alamein during the Western Desert campaign of the Second World War.

Read More

Truus de Man might be 91 but she isn’t sitting in her ‘armchair waiting for the end to come’. No way. Instead, she’s still in the thick of things with her family and the communities she has been a part of through the decades.

Read More

Marlene and John Green have been singing to someone for a good chunk of their lives and they have no plans to stop. They have spent decades singing in choirs, to nursing home residents, in competitions and around the house. Now they spend each Tuesday and Wednesday singing with residents at Liscombe House, OCAV’s aged care facility.

Read More

Jean and Bernard Pidd do ‘starting over’ better than most. They’ve had lots of practice, starting with the move from England to Tasmania in the early 1960s with five small children in tow.

Read More

May Hedin will try her hand at anything. She throws herself into new things with gusto no matter if it’s for recreation, well-being or to earn money. Her life at OCAV’s Braeside Park village in Berwick is a testimony to her willingness to make things happen, keep things going and get others involved.

Read More

Margret RoadKnight’s lounge is like a timeline of her creative life and loves. Each wall is a catalogue of her reading, listening and film favourites. But an entire wall is dedicated to vinyls, including her own recordings.

Read More

Lorraine Wall’s voice has given joy to thousands of people for close to a century and to many hundreds of Leith Park residents since she arrived 27 years ago. Trained as a coloratura soprano, Lorraine’s voice isn’t what it once was, but music remains a major part of her life.

Read More

For almost a decade a group of women from OCAV’s Currie Park in Euroa have gathered and walked into town for coffee. For some, walking is difficult, for others it is impossible, but that doesn’t stop them. One woman offers to push a wheelchair and another supports a resident using a walker. And along the way they welcome Pat Deller, a Euroa local who lives nearby.

Read More

A group of talented Rushall Park artists, sewers and embroiderers is stitching together the architectural history of the North Fitzroy village. The 10 women have begun embroidering the 10cm squares, which represent 24 different cottages, including the first cottages built almost 150 years ago. The embroidered squares will eventually form a wall hanging to be exhibited as part of the 150th celebrations in 2019.

Read More

CEO Phillip Wohlers has overseen some big changes at OCAV. But their model of personalised care and community building is something that won't change under his 'watch'.

Enquire today about securing a position at one of Melbourne's longest established and highly reputable independent living estates.

Enquire Now