“It gives me great happiness to know he is cared for.”
Louis Bynski is a 73 year old retiree. He spends his time volunteering, gardening, and enjoying time with his family.
This includes his 69 year old brother, Ivan, who lives in a VOI home in Winnipeg. Ivan has been in the VOI Residential Service for the past decade, and Louis feels there couldn’t be a better place for him.
“It’s a real home for Ivan,” says Louis. “He has friends of his own and people who really care for him. We’re happy for him because he has everything he needs.”
Ivan had been living with his elderly mother before transitioning to VOI. When his mother fell ill, Louis knew he needed to find a good place for Ivan to call home.
“I’m an old guy myself,” says Louis. “I wanted him to have a good place and to be cared for, but I simply couldn’t do it myself.”
Since then, Ivan has called VOI home, and has been happily enjoying what has become like a second family to him. He currently lives with two roommates, and enjoys the company of the VOI staff who are with him 24/7 to make sure he is comfortable and happy.
“He gets out a lot too,” says Louis. “They go outside and get fresh air. They’re always doing crafts and activities. He’s always busy doing something.”
On weekends and holidays, Louis brings Ivan over to his home to spend time with their family. And Louis regularly stops by Ivan’s home to have coffee and visit. They enjoy watching TV together, something Louis says he really enjoys doing with his brother.
“He’s always getting me into new shows,” Louis laughs. “He keeps me on my toes!”
Louis always feels welcome in Ivan’s home, and is so pleased by the care that Ivan receives. He believes it was a great move for Ivan to finally be in a place of his own.
“There’s a real family atmosphere,” says Louis. “They have parties and BBQs. A real sense of togetherness. I can tell that Ivan really loves it.”
Louis doesn’t have to worry about Ivan. The compassionate staff of VOI take wonderful care of him, so Louis can focus on enjoying his brotherly visits with Ivan.
“He’s happy, and we’re happy,” says Louis. “We’re close, and he has everything he could possibly need. I have a real sense of peace knowing that he will always be taken care of.”