With home help, heart patient 'good as gold'

Cliff Rodger now has the help he needs. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Cliff Rodger now has the help he needs. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Nearly a month after he went public complaining about a lack of help at home following a heart attack, life has improved for Cliff Rodger.

The 86-year-old's story prompted a huge outpouring of support and offers of help from Otago Daily Times readers last month.

He had been discharged from hospital with personal care assistance, but no domestic assistance.

 Yesterday, he said he was ''good as gold'', and his small Dunedin unit was neat and tidy when the ODT visited.

Mr Rodger now has four hours of domestic home help a week, split over four days.

The help was to be provided indefinitely.

He still faced a ''long battle'' to recover from the heart attack he had in May, and he still got short of breath sometimes.

eileen.goodwin@odt.co.nz

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