65 year old Vietnam veteran, George has cardiac disease and advanced Multiple Sclerosis. For most of his later life he has been confined to an electric wheelchair and for over a decade, was cared for in nursing homes in Dubbo in central NSW.
In 2012 one of George’s mates from his unit visited him and found that his care in the nursing homes was good, but his personal circumstances outside were not. The fees for his care were being deducted from his pension, but George did not have any access to any of his remaining funds. Arrangements were made for cash donations to be sent to him for bus trips, outings and personal items.
After attending the reunion of his unit in 2013, George made the decision that he wanted to move to a nursing home in Albury, to be close to his mate Bill. Initial efforts were thwarted due to his family’s legal arrangements.
In late 2013, the Albury sub-Branch held a forum, focusing on the health, welfare and issues of Vietnam veterans. Arrangements were made for a private meeting after the forum to discuss George’s wishes and within days RSL DefenceCare began to assist George.
With assistance from RSL DefenceCare, Bill drove George to Parkes to make new arrangements for his finances and care. At George’s request, he was also placed on the priority list at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Albury.
In 2014, George was transferred to the care of the Lutheran Nursing Home near his mate Bill and Bill’s family. He now has his own furnished room with an ensuite. He also has an electric wheelchair and remote controlled reclining chair which add to his quality of life.
George is a member of the local RSL Sub-Branch in Albury and the Welfare Officer visits him weekly, along with other veterans. He is now looking forward to purchasing a disability vehicle for his own personal use.
George is very grateful to those who assisted him during this difficult time. He wanted to thank Geraldine of Dubbo, the committee of the Albury sub-Branch, Peter and the Lutheran Nursing Home.
“But the biggest thanks has to go to RSL DefenceCare, for the time and effort to help George. I can assure any Veteran or family member that requires any form of assistance, that they will not be let down by the team at RSL DefenceCare” Bill said.
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