Dunedin man Clifford Rodger is disgusted at the lack of
follow-up support after his discharge from hospital. Photo
by Gerard O'Brien.
An elderly man discharged from Dunedin Hospital last week
says the lack of follow-up support for him at home is
Clifford Rodger, who had a heart attack a month ago, broke
down in tears yesterday describing the lack of support since
his discharge a week ago.
Mr Rodger (86), of Dunedin, has declined Southern District
Health Board's offer of one hour's housework a week, saying
it was not enough and did not include essentials such as
He needed about three hours a week for about three weeks,
after which he felt he could cope again without support.
''Once I get back on my feet I can manage myself.''
He said a hospital specialist had said he should receive all
the home help he needed, and must avoid exerting himself.
Yesterday, his kitchen was full of dirty dishes, and he said
he would have to use all of his clean dishes and cutlery.
He had been told home support did not include clothes
washing, which he could not understand.
The system was nothing like it was a few years ago when he
needed and received appropriate support.
Now it was a ''crazy'' system, and was surely adversely
affecting many older people, he said.
Southern District Health Board communications director Steve
Addison said there appeared to have been a
The board would work with Mr Rodger to resolve the situation.