Christmas is nearly upon us and for those of us whose lives have been affected in some way by motor neurone disease, the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends is incredibly special. But what if your iPad was the only voice you had to communicate with your loved ones? For people with MND this is often the case. It’s why we’re asking for your help.
Our Christmas Appeal
You may have received our letter in the mail asking for donations just in time for Christmas so we can help give back the voice of people with MND aged 65+ with the gift of a specialised iPad.
For people like Andy* who have progressively lost the ability to speak because of MND, an iPad is their voice. But not everyone has access to this technology.
Can you help Make Aged Care Fair for people like Andy*?
Research shows 50% of people with MND are diagnosed when aged 65+. As they do not have access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, they rely on Aged Care services for support, pushing them into financial hardship.
However, because of the generosity of our supporters, we were able to loan Andy a specialised iPad (valued at $1320), free of charge, giving him back his voice.
'We really appreciate the help and support given to us, especially the equipment', said Andy.
Andy was able to share his wishes with his doctors and carers, determining management of his care and life. He was able to tell his family, especially his wife Terri* how much they meant to him and helped to prevent social isolation.
“I am so relieved and so happy that this service exists. The whole process was quick and efficient and meant that we didn’t have long waiting times and huge costs we couldn’t afford,” said Terri.
*Names have been changed to protect identities