Nestled in the heart of Umina Beach, Peninsula Villages is a leading aged care facility that is home to some of the most remarkable people in the community. One such person is Anas Davis, an 82-year-old woman who has lived a life full of adventure and resilience.
Born deaf in Bourke, NSW, in 1941, Anas grew up on her family’s sheep and cattle farm, ‘Bendemeer’. Despite her hearing impairment, Anas never let anything hold her back. She learned to herd sheep on her motorbike, care for baby animals and even change the oil and check the tyres on her family’s motorbikes.
Anas had a close bond with her family, and she especially cherished her time with her sister Gae and nieces and nephew, Catherine, Susan, and Joseph. She would often take them on picnics and motorbike rides.
In 1993, Anas’ father passed away. She then moved in with her mother in Bourke and devotedly cared for her until she passed away in Bourke Hospital.
After her mother’s passing, Anas moved in with her sister in Sydney before settling into a retirement village in Merrylands. Her sister Gae and niece Susan, became her lifelines, making regular visits and taking her shopping.
But Anas missed her family on the Central Coast, especially her niece, Susan. So, in June 2023, she made the heartwarming decision to move to Peninsula Villages to be closer to her.
Susan, who is a Leisure and Lifestyle Advocate at Peninsula Villages, was so confident in the care at facility that she encouraged her aunt to move in. She knew that Anas would be well taken care of and that she would have a happy and fulfilling life at the facility.
“I knew that Peninsula Villages was the right place for my aunt,” Susan said. “The staff are amazing, and the facility is beautiful. I’m so glad that she’s here.”
Anas is grateful for her niece’s support and for the opportunity to live at Peninsula Villages. She feels safe and loved, and she knows that she is always well taken care of.
“I’m so happy to be here,” Anas said. “The staff are wonderful, and the residents are so friendly. I feel like I’m part of a big family.”
Having Anas at Peninsula Villages has been a blessing for both her and Susan. They cherish the time that they get to spend together, and they are grateful for the supportive community that they have found at the facility.
But Anas’ story is more than just about moving closer to her family. It is a story of resilience, determination and the enduring power of the human spirit.
Despite facing many challenges in her life, Anas has always remained positive and upbeat. She is an inspiration to everyone who knows her, and her story is a reminder that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
Anas’ journey is also a testament to the importance of community. Peninsula Villages is more than just an aged care facility; it is a family where residents are cared for with respect and compassion. Anas has found a new home and a new community at Peninsula Villages, and she is thriving.
Now settled into her new home, Anas enjoys watching Home and Away and indulging in her passion for animal movies and documentaries.