Second chances, Mae & Ern

A second chance at love has turned into a lifelong connection for Corio’s Mae and Ern Hutchinson.

The couple has been together almost 44 years, and have enjoyed a life of fun and adventure while establishing social and community connections in Geelong.

After working as a secretary, Mae made a return to work in hospitality which led to a chance meeting which would change her life.

“Both Ern and I had been married before and I did a refresher course to go back to work, I was trying out hospitality,” Mae said.

“Ern walked into the place, recognised me and asked me if I’d like to go for a drink and it was from then on. We’ve been together nearly 44 years, and it’s the happiest thing that could ever have happened to me.”

Ern, who emigrated to Geelong from England, said Mae was his perfect match. “It was her nature she was so helpful, and I thought well she’s not a bad sort, she came and had a drink and the rest is history,” he said.

The couple are both in their 90s, and continue to live at home with support from a Government funded Home Care Package (HCP) through genU.

The HCP has provided weekly in-home care including help with showering, shopping, personal errands, meals, new security doors, an access ramp and handrails, plus walkers, specialist footwear and allied health supports such as in-home physiotherapy.

The HCP also funds attendance to a social support group.

Mae said the support they received through their genU case manager was wonderful.

“They are so good, we can’t fault them. Ern and I often say how lucky we are,” she said.

“We can phone genU up and no matter who we speak to, they are always so polite, obliging and friendly.”

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