DEBBIE Sawyer is set to become a grandmother this year, but her joy is tinged with sadness because her first grandchild will have to visit her in a nursing home.
The 50-year-old was forced into a Geelong aged care facility six years ago when her arthritis became so bad she was no longer able to cook or carry things for herself. The lack of privacy, hospital-like setting, regimented daily routine and sadly, the high death rate in the nursing home became too much for Ms Sawyer, who had a nervous breakdown last year. She is sharing her story as part of the Summer Foundation’s Home to Home digital exhibition, which aims to raise awareness of more than 6000 younger people living in nursing homes in Australia.
Source: Geelong Advertiser