Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | May 13, 2010

look after our elders!

A story on the Stuff website has irked me today.

One a day when I am a day older myself (happy birthday to me!) I find it absolutely abhorrent that some of our elderly are getting treated like second class citizens (third or fourth class in fact).

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/3689448/Ailing-elderly-couple-left-to-fend-for-themselves

This story is about a couple in their 80s – he has been battling inoperable prostate cancer for three years. The worst symptom is incontinence. His wife fell and seriously damaged her shoulder a few years ago. After repeated trips to orthopaedic surgeons she was told nothing more could be done and she was told to avoid scrubbing, sweeping and vacuuming. But now their one-hour-a-week home help provided through the Capital & Coast District Health Board was canned after being reassessed over the phone. They were told they no longer met the criteria. How could they not?!

They deserve it! They have paid taxes all their lives and deserve to be looked after now! One hour a week for goodness sake!

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