We lived through a night­mare

Fam­ily tells of or­deal in aged care, backs PM’s call for ac­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - BRAD PE­TERSEN

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.