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Anne Cornally in Ashbury Nursing Home. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Anne Cornally in Ashbury Nursing Home. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Anne Cornally in Ashbury Nursing Home. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Former nurse Anne Cornally, who is a resident of Ashbury Nursing Home, Blackrock, Dublin, leads a busy life and believes in the power of positive thinking.

Anne (76), a mother of seven from Moate, Co Westmeath, is confined to a wheelchair and realised she could not cope on her own after losing the power of her hands and arms.

After a stint in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, she opted for full-time nursing home care.

"Most of my family live in Dublin. It was my decision to come here. I could not put up any more with home care. The maximum I got was 10 hours a week.

"This is now my home from home. It is family-run. I can go to stay with my family for a few days. I have a motorised wheelchair and was in the village this morning banking. I come back and get the food handed to me!"

"You have to build a life for yourself. It all does not land on a plate. There are activities daily - a lady came in today and played music." She also has regular physiotherapy which has made her more mobile.

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