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Retiree enjoys an easier lifestyle at TriCare James Ommaney

One night three years ago Pat Sherlock sat down and thought to himself ‘there must be an easier way’.

Recently widowed, Mr Sherlock was still living in his family home in Ipswich and working hard to keep up with the ongoing maintenance of a large house and garden.

“I spoke to my family about downsizing and we started looking for a retirement option closer to them in Brisbane,” he said.

“When we visited TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community I really liked the feel of the place, everyone was friendly and welcoming.”

That was three years ago and now Mr Sherlock if fully entrenched in the day to day activities of the Village, and local community.

Good with his hands, Mr Sherlock joined the local Men’s Shed in Darra where he can continue his love of woodwork every Monday and Tuesday morning as well as helping with a few odd jobs around the Village.

“I’ve brought all my tools from home and have been known to help other residents about the place to keep active.”

“I’ve painted all the garden seating throughout TriCare James Ommaney’s gardens, as well as creating my own garden outside my unit sowing grass, putting in paving and outdoor seating,” he said.

Not one to slow down, Mr Sherlock loves to travel and visits his son in the US each year. He takes part in bus trips as part of the Village’s social activities calendar, and regularly plays billiards and swims when the weather is fine.

“I find I have so much more time to do the things I enjoy without the burden of a large house and garden to manage. It’s a much easier lifestyle now.”