Snapshot with Lotti Eisinger-Philipp, EMA resident
- What attracted you to Emmy Monash?
There were really two main reasons that I came to live in EMA at Emmy Monash. The first being I was worried about security when living by myself at home. On one occasion, I had to call the police and that really concerned me. Secondly, I realised I didn’t want to be in a situation where I felt unwell and nobody would be around to help me. I knew that at Emmy Monash, I would have 24-hour clinical assistance if required. I am very content living here as it enables me to still live a very independent life.
- What’s an average day entail?
My days are varied and each day brings something new. My children, grandchildren and great grandchildren often visit me and that’s what I love the best as my family means everything to me. I sometimes go out with friends for lunch or to have a coffee in Glenferrie Road, I enjoy getting out to the shops. I sometimes have friends over for lunch and on other days I may go and meet a friend in Gandel House for lunch. If I need shopping I can just pop into the shops in Glenferrie Road and once a fortnight I have a helper to assist me with a bigger supermarket visit. I love food and enjoy eating and I still cook for myself in my apartment. My freezer is always stocked up with my home cooking. My specialty being chicken soup! If I want some quiet time I’m happy to relax in my apartment and play solitaire on the computer.
- What activities do you attend at Emmy Monash?
I love listening to music and always have the radio playing in my apartment. The activities I usually attend are music related like listening to classical music concerts. I’m quite discerning so I pick and choose the ones that really appeal to me. We are lucky that there are many different music concerts to see at Emmy Monash. The other activity I always regularly attend is the Kabbalat Shabbat service run by TBI on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.
- Anything else you’d like to add?
All the furniture in my apartment came from my previous home so it’s mine and is familiar. My apartment is spacious enough that I can keep some sentimental furniture as well, like my very old sewing machine. I loved to sew and used to sew all my children’s clothes when they were young. I worked in the fashion industry for many years so my sewing machine holds special value. Every Friday night I go out to my family for Shabbat dinner and that is really a highlight of my week. The most important aspect to me about living here is that I can live independently which I cherish and have the reassurance that support is close by if I need it.