Receiving ongoing medical treatment for an illness can be an emotional experience for anyone, and when that treatment is only available far from home, the circumstances are even more challenging.
Lionel Huggett is a retired sheep shearer and cook from Forbes in regional NSW who was confronted with this challenge when told that he would have to travel to Sydney for cancer treatment. Fortunately, Lionel was referred to a UnitingCare Ageing service that is one of the few affordable accommodation options available for country patients in Sydney.
Elizabeth Hunter Lodge, situated in Waverley on the grounds of War Memorial Hospital, provides accommodation for country, interstate and overseas patients, including their spouse, family member, or carer. There is a variety of accommodation available to suit visitor’s needs, from single or twin rooms to larger self-contained units, with prices starting at $43 per night.
Lionel spent his seven-week stay in the ‘Cottage’, a separate residence with four twin rooms and a communal kitchen. “I’ve had my own peace and quiet for 13 years when I was travelling around as a shearer’s cook, so I really enjoyed the peace and quiet here during my stay”, explained Lionel.
Lionel couldn’t believe how affordable the accommodation was, especially as he had his own TV and fridge and breakfast was included. “Under the circumstances, I wish I didn’t have to be here, but it’s certainly made my time in Sydney much more comfortable”, said Lionel. On his last day of treatment and stay at the Cottage, Lionel said he was most looking forward to getting back to normality and spending some family time at home, especially with his grandkids. We wish Lionel all the best for his recovery.
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