Just a happy Kiwis thoughts
Happy because there is no other option if you want to survive a disability and getting older. I may be a bit weird but I would rather laugh than cry so I enjoy what life offers.
America has Medi Care, we in New Zealand have what they call the Social Wellfare Dpt who pay the benefits to anybody with a disability or out of work and all thats stuff. There are complaints as I am sure there is with Medicare but we all get on and live our lifes best we can.
So whats my story? Just told it I guess.
Lets tell you about a regular day in the life of a happy kiwi, this one anyway -
The day starts with a visit by somebody from Nurse Maude who deliver my daily pills, heart pills, and other stuff all designed to keep me alive and out of hospital.
New Zealand has had free hospitals for many years but due to the demands by the nurses for more and more pay, the government pushed back and started sacking nurses. They were replaced with home care options were people were cared for by Nurse Maude staff in there homes and were given pills to keep them alive.
This works fine but people miss the easy acess to free hospitals were they were fed and rested and a hospital stay was considered a reprieve from the demands of life (a mini holiday and get visited by thier friends and rellys and get thier sympathy and cared for by pretty young nurses).
Now you are more likely to be acessed and given the option of being placed in a rest home or go home and get home care - most people take the home care option. There is a stigma attached to having to live in a rest home and most people choose the home care option.