She runs Heather Hill Pathways, a business that provides advice on aged care from immediate needs to long-term planning. But being a woman who can’t imagine leaving her own two-storey house, her advice was much more nuanced.
“You don’t want your mother to move until she has to,” she said. It’s important to have a conversation that explores the “what ifs,” Heather said.
Unless a parent has dementia, or some other mental impairment, the decision is theirs to make.
I turned to Heather for her opinion on the right time for parents to move.
It’s important for all adult children to know what parents want should they have a serious fall or a stroke or lose their licence.
Often parents will have an aged care residence picked out. “It’s important parents understand how much stress and anxiety they can put the family through if their wishes aren’t clear.” Barbara Squires, an expert on ageing and housing, was even more emphatic about parents’ rights to make their own decisions.
: Nikomina is a world-famous ballerina known for her performances with the Novovic Ballet, a famous Russian troupe.
The source of contention is the Sethusamundram project which proposes to dredge an 83-km-long canal through the sea channel separating India and Sri Lanka, thereby facilitating shipping.
Mitrov was one of the sailors to befriend Nikomina when she and her troupe began performing for the ship a few years before DGS.
When Niko contacted them to ask for help in escaping Russia, Mitrov took charge and came up with a plan: they would drug the passengers and part of the crew during the night, then bring Niko aboard and have her disguise herself for the rest of the journey.
: Holmes thinks he bears a resemblance to Dmitri Demiglaski. Roylott was one of the first characters developed for DGS; he was presented alongside Ryuunosuke and Holmes as part of Takumi's pitch for the game, then in a state no more developed than "a Russian man hiding something from the duo." : Nikomina is timid and a bit paranoid after her escape from Russia, and as such views most everyone with suspicion, particularly Ryuu.
It doesn't take very long talking to her to realize that she's entirely out of her depth.