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Gordon's story (video transcript)


Gordon: I’m Gordon and I’m 89 and I was born in South Australia at Port Pirie, moved from there when I was seven to Adelaide, lived there until I joined the services in 1944.

I was an aircrew trainee in the RAAF, hence the white thing in the cap over there. After six years in the Navy, I got married.

CDC or Consumer Directed Care seems to me to be an ideal system.

They give you a notional amount and you pay a certain amount and everything is reasonable.

Particularly, now my wife’s no longer with us, and I’ve only got myself to think of, I have felt that I’m probably best having a routine, which I loosely stick to.

A shower in the morning, which ever lady is coming to see me, she would help me dress. After that, exercise at lunch time, shopping once a fortnight and supervision for half an hour in the evening if I’m on my own. I also get two and a half hours cleaning a week.

My total care is augmented by my having Gold Card status for DVA purposes.

It’s a great system and I’m quite grateful that I’m able to participate in it.

Last reviewed: 9 May, 2017.