We lived through a nightmare
Family tells of ordeal in aged care, backs PM’s call for action
JENNIFER Irvine can’t forget, or forgive, the five-year ordeal her husband and family had in dealing with Tasmania’s aged-care sector.
Mrs Irvine’s husband Norman died 11 months ago, aged 72, after a prolonged period of serious illness caused by a major stroke when he was 67.
The bitter memories of her husband’s time in two Hobart-area centres were recalled after Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered a royal commission into aged care.
“We lived through a nightmare and so did he [Norman],” Mrs Irvine said.
“It was horrific and I still cannot believe that this is happening all over Australia and that families are living with this situation.”
In a letter to the Sunday Tasmanian, Mrs Irvine tells of “the nightmare” of getting care for her husband, who suffered paralysis and brain damage after his stroke, and was placed into aged care because he could not stay at his Ranelagh home. She and her family claim:
provided was substandard, so they regularly took meals to Mr Irvine.