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Home Care In Bronte, ON

Home Care Bronte, ON

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Bronte Historical Society gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Bronte, ON is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Thank you for hosting the Dementia Live session. I am so grateful for this opportunity to understand what my loved one is going through and learn strategies to help them cope with dementia. It was nice to be in a room of people that understand, support and can relate to the up’s and down’s of coping with a loved one that has dementia.”


“Always Best Care provided me with with very nice and practical care givers following my recent knee surgery. Will totally use them again when the other knee or something else is done.”

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“I have terrific care for my father from Always Best Care The Personal Support Workers ensure my dad remembers to take his medication and that he has lots of food to eat and enogh to drink. The managers are good at letting me know when they have to make a staffing change for the day. I have piece of mind and I know everything is going to be alright when I am away. Thanks to Always Best Care!”

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“My husband had a stroke/brain bleed almost 3 yrs ago & we have been exposed to many agencies This particular agency had gone above & beyond to ensure ALL needs were met by finding just the right PSW for my hubby & our home environment. The personal touch provided, made both my husband & I feel that our struggles are real & the staff genuinely care. ALWAYS BEST CARE is just that... the best care. A special thank you to Coree!!”

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“Always Best Care Senior Services helps my loved one out with bathing and meal preparation mainly, which is very important to have provided for her on a consistent daily basis. The office staff is always very consistent in getting back to me with emails and providing a helping hand. They have been extremely diligent in making sure we have the best care we can get so I’d certainly recommend them.”

Carl P.

“ABC helps my loved one out with bathing and meal preparation mainly, which is very important to have provided for her on a consistent daily basis. The office staff is always very consistent in getting back to me with emails and providing a helping hand. They have been extremely diligent in making sure we have the best care we can get so I’d certainly recommend them.”

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“I am grateful that Always Best Care is here to help me. I am not sure what they could do better. They come and help me with transportation for appointments and errands. I like that they are courteous, pleasant and everything I was used to.”

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“I am grateful that Always Best Care is here to help me. I am not sure what they could do better. They come and help me with transportation for appointments and errands. I like that they are courteous, pleasant and everything I was used to.”

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“ABC has really helped ease my concerns and worries when caring for my loved one especially when im travelling. From the first connection with Steve to assigning PSWs to communicating with Coree my experience has been and continues to be amazing. Coree is exceptional in her work and always responds to our requests even on short notice. The PSW we have is also exceptional and goes above and beyond her duties. I could not have asked for more devoted help than from this company. Highly recommended. The are upfront, honest, trustworthy, and punctual. Great company.”

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“We had a fabulous experience with Always Best Care Senior Services. We needed unexpected immediate care for my Mom and Corrie was able to get everything arranged for us right away. She was very understanding, explained everything and willing to do anything she could to help. The caregivers that helped my Mom were wonderful and made her feel very comfortable. Would highly recommend them.”

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“Amazing organization. Very pleased at every aspect. I’m over thousand miles away from my mother and I feel blessed to have this group be on call for my mother when needed. Kindest Regards, Oliver”

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“I am a personal support worker at ABC, I’ve been working at ABC for about 10 months now. One thing I can recommend about working at ABC is that they are always available and quick to support (you).”

Goldie W.

“I had to engage Always Best Care for assistance with my parents. From my first call with Steve to the PSW they assigned to help out, I have been very impressed with their service. I wont hesitate to reccommend them to anyone.”

Kushan F.

“In a difficult pandemic and job hiring environment they showed up every day on time to care for my mother-in-law as she recovered from knee replacement surgery. Everyone was warm, attentive, professional and caring. They earn and deserve your business .”

Julian W.

“Thank you the team at Always Best Care! They were instrumental in helping us to navigate what options we had in supporting my Dad as he recovers from a broken hip. Having them kindly answer questions helped to alleviate what is a stressful and difficult time for families. We were set-up with much needed PSW support on extremely short notice...and over the holidays too! The team has been very professional and caring in the services they have provided including adhering to safety protocols in the current environment. Additionally, they have been flexible in managing scheduling changes and have provided prompt updates as needed. Our family has been very pleased with Always Best Care Senior Services and appreciative of the peace of mind and support their services offer.”

Jennifer H.

“I have been caring for my 85 year old Mom in my home for just over a year. My Mom lives with Alzheimer’s and requires assistance with most all aspects of her life. ABC was recommended to me by the LIHN and thank goodness they made the recommendation! Compared to the experiences I’ve had with other agencies they have been AMAZING! The customer service I’ve received is exceptional - they are responsive and agile working hard to ensure that I haven’t been without support throughout the pandemic. That, I think is a miracle! The caregivers are great - friendly, kind, and have taken very good care of my Mom. I can’t recommend ABC enough!”

Lisa B.

“I had to engage Always Best Care for assistance with my parents. From my first call with Steve to the PSW they assigned to help out, I have been very impressed with their service. I wont hesitate to reccommend them to anyone.”

Kushan F.

“Thank you to Always Best Care Senior Services for help with my grandmother after her surgery. My first panicked phone call was answered with care and calm. Their consultation and admission process was simple but thorough and they paired my grandma with a great team of caregivers. We are quite happy with their services and look forward to continuing on! Thank you Coree for bringing the heart into homecare!”

Ashley M.

“I had a wonderful experience with the team at Always Best Care! I was very worried about doing this, but the team was so professional and so friendly they made me feel so much better. They took amazing care of my grandparents and made them feel just as comfortable and supported as I did. They truly were the best and I highly recommend.”

Brittany T.

“Always Best Care provided excellent service for my elderly mother after she had a fall. The staff was informative, caring, empathetic, and flexible. Angela was a wonderful caregiver, very compassionate and professional. My mother was not keen on a caregiver coming but was put at ease and was very appreciative of her care. I highly recommend this agency for anyone's home care needs.”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Bronte, ON?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Bronte, ON

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Bronte Creek Provincial Park DayUse with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Cucci or visit Oakville Lighthouse, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Bronte, ON

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Bronte, ON, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your ON's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Bronte, ON understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Seasons Retirement Community in Milton
  • Bronte Health Rehab Center
  • Oakville Senior Citizens Residence OSCR
  • Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
  • Delmanor Glen Abbey Retirement Living
  • Palermo Village Retirement Residence
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Bronte, ON 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Karen Powell - “I feel drawn to Emily Bronte’s untamed spirit”

The author of Fifteen Wild Decembers on her evocative reimagination of Emily Brontë’s life narrated in the 19th century novelist’s own voiceWhat drew you to write a novel based on the Brontë sisters and Branwell?Wuthering Heights was the first adult novel I ever read, given to me by my mother from her precious set of Collectors’ Editions that sat on the mantelpiece in our family home. After that, I read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and then, over the next few years, ...

The author of Fifteen Wild Decembers on her evocative reimagination of Emily Brontë’s life narrated in the 19th century novelist’s own voice

What drew you to write a novel based on the Brontë sisters and Branwell?

Wuthering Heights was the first adult novel I ever read, given to me by my mother from her precious set of Collectors’ Editions that sat on the mantelpiece in our family home. After that, I read Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and then, over the next few years, books by Anne Brontë and Jane Austen. So, long before I ever thought of myself as a writer, the Brontës – and the 19th century novel – were part of my DNA.

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I began writing in my early thirties, about the same time that I moved to Yorkshire. I now lived within travelling distance of the Brontë Parsonage Museum – once the Brontë family home – at Haworth, in the South Pennines. The setting of the house is incredibly atmospheric, situated at the top of the steep village with wild moorland rising directly behind, and the museum is so wonderfully curated that you might imagine the family had just stepped out for a walk, or to attend a service at the church where the Reverend Patrick Brontë, the children’s father, preached; that Emily and her siblings might wander back in at any moment. I found myself drawn to Haworth over and over again, my fascination with the lives lived within the walls of the parsonage growing. How was it possible, I wondered, that some of the most remarkable novels in the English language came to be written in this remote village far from London literary circles, in this little dining room overlooking the windswept graveyard and the church; in secret.

Why did you particularly choose to write in Emily’s voice?

From the very beginning, I was enthralled by Emily’s only novel, mesmerized by the punishing landscape and the half-savage, ungovernable characters that inhabit the pages of Wuthering Heights. At 13, I’d never read anything like it, still haven’t, though it is now some decades since my mother first put the book into my hands. When I finished the novel, I turned back to the beginning to read the Introduction. I learned that Emily Brontë was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, that she lived almost all of life in isolated Haworth before her death at the age of 30. Emily never married or had any known romantic connections. Reserved to the point of silence in company, she had no friendships and barely mixed outside of her own family. Even as a teenager I sensed an intriguing disconnect between that sequestered existence and a novel so passionate and shocking that it scandalized Victorian society, and still has the power to shock even today. I love the work of all three sisters but feel emotionally drawn to Emily’s untamed spirit, intrigued too by the apparent gaps in the narrative of her life.

What kind of research did you do for the book?

I reread all the novels, immersed myself too in Emily’s wonderful poetry, then spent many months absorbing information about the family and the period from the wealth of biographical texts available. I made notes, drew up a timeline of their respective movements, questioned certain interpretations of events. At an early stage it became clear that much of what we know about the Brontës comes through the prism of Charlotte, Emily’s elder sister. Charlotte was a prolific letter writer and formed friendships beyond the family. She was the only one of the siblings to move in literary circles too, which resulted in Elizabeth Gaskell’s somewhat sensationalized Life of Charlotte Brontë (Mrs Gaskell was a novelist after all!). I needed to strip Charlotte’s voice from the narrative, to turn down the volume on the other chatter in the room and attune myself to Emily’s austere, uncompromising, sometimes imperious, occasionally playful voice.

What is it about Wuthering Heights that you feel made it a successful work for its time?

Wuthering Heights is a novel that reads differently at different points in our lives. Many of us first discover the book in our teenage years, an intense and tumultuous time when a story of wild passions has a particular resonance. The disregard for authority or convention is appealing too – even the “good” characters in the book are unbiddable, do exactly as they please with no regard for the consequences. As adults, we are often shocked by the novel’s violence, the death wish obsessions of the protagonists. The inhabitants of Wuthering Heights threaten one another with knives and lock family members in rooms. They mistreat children and animals, curse one another, dig up the dead and call it love. “It’s not a love story,” we say, shaking our heads in wonder at our teenage selves, who once thought otherwise.

I can find no sense, though, that Emily Brontë, clergyman’s daughter, is inviting us to make a moral judgement. She simply wrote about the place she loved so passionately, and then peopled it with the kind of creatures, who might inhabit such a land. Here we are, her characters seem to say. The Earnshaw family emanate directly from that bleak landscape, even the adopted orphan Heathcliff, though he arrives ostensibly from Liverpool. They rise up from the peat and the boggy ground until it reclaims them; are as immoral as a stony outcrop, a stretch of windswept moorland.

We know Emily was a walker and she captured the landscape, the moors, the rivers so well in Wuthering Heights. Tell us about capturing the essence of Yorkshire, the sense of that place in the north of England, in your book.

When I moved to Yorkshire, I was immediately entranced by the vast and rugged landscapes of the north. I’d grown up in southeast England where the countryside is soft, pretty, ordered, a land of hops and hedgerows and oast houses, with dwarf apple and cherry trees planted in neat rows in the fields. Even then, I lived in the suburbs, had no real notion then of how to access the countryside, made do instead with the pockets of wildness that children seek out wherever they live. The moors that surround Emily’s home were her lifeblood, to the extent that she suffered breakdowns almost every time she had to leave Haworth. The terrain in that part of the county is quite different from the Yorkshire Dales, or even the North York Moors. It is a land of peat and heather and bog, “no life higher than the grasstops, or the hearts of sheep”, as Sylvia Plath put it. I spent many hours walking in Emily’s footsteps on the moorland above Haworth, in different seasons and in all weathers. I wanted to learn the landscape for myself, to note which wildflowers were in bloom, listen for bird calls, feel that waterlogged, peaty soil give beneath my boots. Much of Fifteen Wild Decembers was written in the pandemic though. Never knowing when I might next be able to visit, I made copious notes and took hundreds of photos. The Ordnance Survey map I used at home to “plan” Emily’s walks began to fall apart along the folds.

What was the biggest challenge in attempting to novelise an artist’s life, and their relationship with their family members (in this case the sisters and the brother), keeping in mind their intellectual development as they grow up together?

When writing about the life of any historical figure, there comes a point where a novelist must choose the line they wish to take. With Emily, this became about silence and the power of the imagination. I wondered how it might feel to live in a world that places no value on your extraordinary inner world, what happens to words when they aren’t used; the force behind those tamped-down expressions of self when they finally surface. A necessary part of this is discarding other possible approaches, or at least drawing attention from them. It can be difficult to jettison months of research to lighten the narrative load, but you learn to be ruthless.

I also had to remind myself to stay in the moment. When the young Brontë children played with Branwell’s set of toy soldiers they could not know that the stories they invented would affect the rest of their lives, at times to the point of sickness. Like other children they would have argued with their siblings, changed the rules to suit themselves, or wandered off halfway through a game.

Likewise, when Emily, Charlotte and Anne sat down to write their novels, they had no inkling that their works would one day be famous across the world. In fact, they were in desperate straits. Branwell, once the hope of the family, had become addicted to alcohol and laudanum, while Charlotte was distraught with unrequited love for her old school master.

The Reverend Brontë was ageing and going blind, and on his death the Parsonage would revert to the church governors, leaving the family homeless. To escape the misery of working away from home as teachers or governesses, the sisters had attempted to set up at school of their own but failed to attract a single pupil. When they paid to have a collection of their poetry published, it sold just two copies. So, the novels were written in desperation, delusion even, in secret too, a last-ditch attempt to ward off poverty and the kind of work the sisters found unbearable. When writing about this period of their lives, I needed to convey the fact that the parsonage was not some sort of idyllic writing retreat tucked beneath the moors, but a place where seismic emotions and fervid hopes and fears were at play, all beneath the roof of that small house.

Arunima Mazumdar is an independent writer. She is @sermoninstone on Twitter and @sermonsinstone on Instagram.


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MAFS EXCLUSIVE: Photos reveals truth behind Harrison and Bronte's break-up

They had one of the most tumultuous relationships Married At First Sight fans have ever seen, and on Wednesday night ...

They had one of the most tumultuous relationships Married At First Sight fans have ever seen, and on Wednesday night Harrison Boon and Bronte Schofield finally broke up during the last dinner party of the season.

Bronte, whose sister Kirra called her ‘husband’ a “narcissistic, gaslighting d**khead” during their homestay in Perth, brutally dumped Harrison in front of the other brides and grooms after the controversial honesty box task went south.

The pair continuously took digs at one another as they asked and answered each other’s questions handed to them by the experts, before tensions eventually erupted and Bronte stormed off from the table.

“I’m done with you!” she exclaimed. “I’m done with this man.

“Harrison, we’re done, we’re over and I honestly never want to see you again.”


Now, photos obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle taken hours before the dramatic scene took place have cast doubt on how genuine the breakup was.

Bronte appeared happier than ever as she arrived at the show's studio warehouse in November, struggling to hide the huge smile on her face.

Meanwhile, Harrison looked tense and apprehensive of what was about to happen once he stepped foot on set.

An insider tells Yahoo Lifestyle that both Harrison and Bronte were "fully briefed and aware they would be breaking up at the dinner party” - hence their expressions.

"Bronte wanted to drag the relationship out as long as she could to really have a moment and agreed with producers the last dinner party would have the biggest impact,” the source claims.

“Harrison knew this was coming. He questioned why he even had to attend the dinner party as technically they broke up during homestays in Perth, but producers told him 'they have to film his out'. He knew exactly what he was walking into.”


Harrison and Bronte weren’t the only couple with relationship problems at the dinner table, with Cameron Woods telling Lyndall Grace he couldn’t see himself falling in love with her.

Meanwhile, Alyssa Barmonde and Duncan James butted heads over their future after the experiment and Layton Mills cast doubt on whether his ‘wife’ Melinda Willis was genuine when she told him she loved him.

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MAFS Australia: Are Harrison and Bronte still together?

Married At First Sight Australia might be in full swing on our TVs, but it was actually filmed last year - which means the scenes we're seeing pl...

Married At First Sight Australia might be in full swing on our TVs, but it was actually filmed last year - which means the scenes we're seeing play out on screen are months old. Which *might* be why Harrison Boon just went public with his new girlfriend - who isn't Bronte Schofield. Does that mean Harrison and Bronte are no longer together?

If you're been watching season 10 of the hit show, you'll know things haven't exactly been smooth sailing for Bronte and Harrison. While the initial attraction was clear on their wedding day, things took a turn when one of Bronte's friends revealed Harrison had been seeing someone else just days before taking part in the experiment, and had promised this other person a future.

What happened with Bronte and Harrison during MAFS Australia?


While the pair tried to stick things out, moving into the apartment block, they decided to sleep in separate rooms to kick things off. Their relationship then went from bad to worse when Harrison wrote 'leave' in the first commitment ceremony, despite Bronte insisting he had told her he would stay.

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Bronte then ghosted Harrison during Intimacy Week, when he organised a date for them, though the pair continued within the experiment in an attempt to stick things out, both writing 'stay' in future commitment ceremonies.

But it wasn't to be; during the final dinner party, which is filmed before the final commitment ceremony, the Honesty Box challenge tipped their relationship over the edge, with Bronte breaking up with Harrison at the table.

"I'm done with you. I'm done with this man. Harrison, we're done," she said. "We're over, and I honestly don't wanna see you again."

Married at First Sight Australia season 10 was filmed in Sydney in August 2022, and seven months later, it now looks like Harrison has moved on and has a new girlfriend.

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Who is Harrison from MAFSA's new girlfriend?

In photos obtained by Daily Mail Australia, Harrison was photographed holding hands with a woman named Gina, at Syndey's Coogee Pavilion. An onlooker told The, "Harrison and Gina met a few months ago after his split from Bronte, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. They’ve kept their relationship under wraps until now, but with Harrison’s TV marriage officially over, they’re thrilled to be able to go public."

Harrison's mother then confirmed the pair were a thing, sharing a photo on Instagram with the caption, "Onwards and upwards with the partner you deserve and opportunities to tell your side of the story. The side that people are asking for…”


A breakdown of every major scandal in Bronte and Harrison’s relationship on MAFS Australia

Viewers have likened their relationship to a ‘pantomime’Katelyn MensahTrash UK Married at First Sight Australia co-stars Bronte and Harrison had a relationship like no other, from constant arguments to tears during multiple commitment ceremonies.Bronte and Harrison h...

Viewers have likened their relationship to a ‘pantomime’

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Married at First Sight Australia co-stars Bronte and Harrison had a relationship like no other, from constant arguments to tears during multiple commitment ceremonies.

Bronte and Harrison had their fair share of scandals on the show going all the way back to their wedding day. So while it’s clear the pair are no longer together on the outside, here is a look back on every single scandal that rocked Bronte and Harrison on MAFS Australia.

Bronte found out Harrison was seeing someone days before their wedding day

On Bronte and Harrison’s wedding day, the couple were rocked by a scandal just hours after saying, ‘I do’. One of Bronte’s guests recognised Harrison as he had been seeing her friend before going on the show.

Bronte’s friend told the bridge who was, as to be assumed, rocked to her core. Bronte pulled Harrison up on the rumour and he admitted it was true but they were no longer seeing each other. Yikes!

Bronte knew about Harrison and who he was seeing before MAFS Australia

Although their wedding day was shock after shock, leaked voice notes suggested Bronte actually knew about Harrison and his escapades before they went on the show.

A month before the show was filmed, Bronte sent a number of voice notes to her friend Jessica, the guest who supposedly revealed Harrison’s secret woman/

In one voice note, Bronte said: “Oh my god. I’m actually triggered, Like, what am I supposed to do? Like, if one of the other girls gets him, I’m dead… If he is my match, I’m going to f**king play that to my advantage.”

Bronte has since admitted it was her in the voice recordings, but says she did not know Harrison was going to be her husband on the show. “I never actually got told Harrison’s name before the wedding… My face and reactions to Harrison at the altar were legit.”

Harrison took a woman’s number during a night out

During the second dinner party, Harrison and Dan were accused of swapping numbers with women on a boy’s night out. Harrison told Adam about what happened and Janelle overheard.

Harrison attempts to cover his tracks and says it was Dan who got the numbers and not the both of them. He later admits to producers he did get someone’s number, not Dan.

“I got it, deleted it as soon as she walked off,” he said. “[I didn’t] see it was a big deal. I was laughing it off with my mate.”

There was A LOT of drama during partner swap week

During the partner swap activity, Harrison found himself in hot water as he and Bronte had to swap with Melinda and Layton. “Anyone but Melinda,” Harrison said.

The swap was nothing but awkward given Harrison previously slating Melinda and calling her relationship with Layton “toxic”.

Bronte’s sister goes in on Harrison during the home stays week

Bronte’s sister, Kirra, did not hold back when it came to giving her opinion on Harrison to his face.

During one spat, Kirra said: “Do you understand how narcissistic that is? You’re saying her emotions and how she felt in that time is not valid because you don’t see it that way.”

She continued on and called him a “narcissistic, gaslighting d*ckhead” and a “coward”.

Harrison tries to expose Bronte during the reunion episode

Another scandal that erupted during Bronte and Harrison was during the MAFS Australia reunion episodes. Harrison attempted to expose Bronte. A few days before the reunion Bronte reached out to the woman who Harrison was supposedly seeing before the show, asking what the nature of their relationship was.

“You don’t have to like me but take Jess out of this, take Harrison out of this, woman to woman. I honestly just want some clarity,” Bronte asked in one of the messages.

“Just a yes or no [to] whether you two were seeing each other for longer than one to two weeks… And did he ask to see you while packing his bags, etc?”

Harrison printed out these messages for the group to see but it just turned into everyone poking fun at the groom and making a paper aeroplane out of the paper.

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Harrison reckons he knows why he and Bronte were cut from the MAFS Reunion and sure, mate

Harrison Boon has revealed his theory about why he and Bronte Schofield were culled from Married At First Sight Australia 2023’s Reunion episodes.Their ill-fated match went down as one of the worst in MAFS history, and fans were keen to see the reality TV couple relive it all in a final couch session with the experts.However, when the fin...

Harrison Boon has revealed his theory about why he and Bronte Schofield were culled from Married At First Sight Australia 2023’s Reunion episodes.

Their ill-fated match went down as one of the worst in MAFS history, and fans were keen to see the reality TV couple relive it all in a final couch session with the experts.

However, when the final two MAFS episodes aired, Harrison and Bronte’s scenes were completely cut.

Multiple insiders have already dished to So Dramatic! on what they think happened and when you pair it with Harrison’s version of events, you get a pretty juicy picture of what really went down.

Harrison Boon explains why he thinks his scenes were cut from the Married At First Sight Reunion

Taking to one of the MAFS Facebook fan groups, Harrison took the opportunity to air every single grievance and all the times Bronte was at fault as context behind getting cut from the Reunion.

“My theory as to why we were cut from last night’s reunion,” Harrison began.

“All through the experiment, Bronte has lied and gaslit me.” Sure, Jan.

Harrison took the opportunity to air every single grievance and all the times Bronte was at fault as context behind getting cut from the Reunion. Source: Supplied.

Harrison claims Bronte lied about moving to Sydney to be with him and apparently wasn’t upset at all about his “20-year-old on the outside”, Abby Miller.

We do know Harrison likes to get the last word whether he’s right or wrong.

“I called Bronte out for all of this at the final Dinner Party, she admitted in front of the entire table,” Harrison continued.

“I think that combining the leaked messages, the lack of evidence, and the fact the network doesn’t want to give this any more airtime is the reason they axed our couch session.” So pretty much, it’s all Bronte’s fault as usual. Righto.

What went down between Harrison and Bronte in the culled couch session

In the message Harrison goes on to say Bronte and her sister, Kirra, attacking his character during Home Stays week “was the reason why we split”.

Then the pair were shown a “highly edited 5-10 minute clip of all our fights and ultimately our breakup.”

This checks out because sources told So Dramatic! Harrison and Bronte were “just bickering the whole time” they were on the couch.

“I then said there was definitely behaviours I wasn’t proud of, I took ownership of my behaviour [sic],” he said. And lol what a shame we didn’t get to see this.

So now that Harrison thinks he’s repaid his dues to society, he promptly returns to womanising.

“[John Aitken] asked me if I was dating again to which I replied yes,” Harrison boasted in his message.

“He asked how many girls and I just said ‘John, c’mon’ and gave him a wink”. Gross.

According to Harrison John also said, “Sometimes relationships just don’t work out”.

Again, this corroborates what we already know.

However, Harrison conveniently left out the part that had “the experts laughing at him”.

A source dished to So Dramatic! that Harrison’s countless lies, including claims Kirra “yelled” at him, were debunked by footage from the experiment.

Channel Nine breaks their silence on cutting Harrison Boon and Bronte Schofield from the MAFS finale

After reaching out to Channel Nine, a spokesperson told So Dramatic! their focus for the Reunion was on couples who had “more story to explore”.

“With all participants returning, unfortunately, we just didn’t have the time to feature everyone in the episode,” they said.

There’s also a possibility it was just easier to cull Harrison altogether and tbh, we don’t blame them because he’s had more than enough airtime this season.

Harrison also allegedly “threatened Channel Nine with legal action” on the night the Reunion was filmed.

He felt “it wasn’t an accurate representation of him or what had happened and tried to get his edit redone,” our source dished.

“[He] told them if they air the scenes from the reunion, he will sue them for defamation of character,” the insider claimed. “They must not have wanted the headache, so they just cut him out altogether.”

Sounds about right…

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