A man whose elderly wife died at his care home has turned to crowdfunding to help raise money to pay for funeral expenses.
Key points:Mr McKenzie says his elderly wife was suffering from dementia and was unable to work”It’s not easy for someone like me to say, ‘I need help, can I get some help?’,” Mr McKenzie told the ABC’s 7.30 program.
“She was really, really ill, really, very, very ill, I think she would have died within two weeks.”
So, we’ve tried to do everything we can to get her back and it’s really, truly been heartbreaking.
“Mr McKenzie said his wife, Gerri McKenzie, died on March 11, 2016 at the Mater Hospital in Brunswick.
She was unable, unable to help her husband with their duties and had to be moved to a different care home.”
We’re living in the middle of nowhere,” he said.”
There are no doctors, there are no nurses, there is no support.
“Mr Newman said he felt very sorry for Gerri and their son, Michael, who were at the nursing home when the tragedy happened.”
They were the ones that would be looking after her, but we have to say that there was a problem there, and it was a horrible tragedy,” Mr Newman said.
Mr Newman says he is now trying to raise money for a funeral for his wife.”
It has been a difficult journey for all of us and we’re trying to find a way to help this family and to do it with our own means,” he told 7.15.”
The people at Mater and all the staff have been fantastic and I think it’s been very, really difficult.
“The man said he had not thought about the costs of a funeral and wanted to give his wife’s family some privacy.”
I want to take a moment to just let her rest in peace,” he added.”
For me, it’s just a matter of time before the bills start piling up.
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