A volunteer database has been mooted to help elderly people
who are struggling with housework after medical treatment.
Otago Daily Times readers suggested there was enough
community support in Dunedin to ensure nobody was left to
fend for themselves, as Cliff Rodger feels he has been.
''I think it's appalling that anyone is sent home from
hospital like that. It makes me very sad,'' Kate Croy, of
Maori Hill, said.
''I'd like to see a contact for help for people who come out
of hospital in the same situation.''
Opoho resident Sue Harvey, who spent yesterday afternoon
doing Mr Rodger's laundry, also believes community care can
be an important part of healing.
''Cliff is so hurt at how he's been treated. But he is not
saying 'poor me'. He is saying that this is a huge thing and
an important issue for so many people,'' she said yesterday.
''I can't stand seeing people suffer and I know so many other
people also want to help. There is a distribution of people
all around Dunedin who would help. The health board could let
the network know when someone who needs help is being
discharged into their community.
''Surely, the health system should be doing something about
this. Someone like Presbyterian Support could run a database
Mrs Harvey recently nursed her own 91-year-old father as he
recovered from surgery.
''Our family have encountered the failings of the system,''
Mrs Harvey said.
''I think the Southern District Health Board just aren't
getting the funding they need. The cake is not being sliced
''But, if the hospital board aren't getting the funding, why
aren't they lobbying and getting the public behind them?''