Tony Abbott: I'm recovering from a stroke – don't force me and thousands of disabled pensioners out of our homes
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It fills me with fear. One side of my body is paralysed from a stroke, writing this is really hard – but I need your help. The government has effectively cut funding to thousands of disabled pensioners, giving us 8 weeks notice and forcing us out of our homes.
I can't believe the government is doing this. I'm working very hard to recover from a stroke that means I need carers to help me around home. But last month I was informed that my home care funding plan will be changed from July 1 – which means I have to come up with thousands of dollars in contributions in a few weeks or be forced into an aged care facility.
I don't have that kind of money - I'm a pensioner!!!. This is a cruel policy that's forgotten the 20,000 other pensioners like me who are relying on a bit of help to stay in our homes. My entire life is in my home.
This isn't just cruel. It doesn't even make financial sense. It's going to cost the government more in the long run by forcing so many people out of their own homes and into expensive aged care facilities. People's health declines quickly in those facilities compared with their homes and it'll just add to the cost of the health system.
I was just starting to come to terms with my disability after having the stroke. Now my whole life has been turned upside down. I've thought about suicide, and am so depressed about having to lose my home.
Please, please help me and thousands of other disabled pensioners by signing my petition to Tony Abbott and Mitch Fifield. Don't force us out of our homes.
P.s If you or someone you know is one of the 20,000 pensioners at risk of being forced from their homes and into aged care by the Federal government - please please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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