Kitty and Rudy’s story

For as long as I can cope, and with Southern Cross Care (Vic)’s help, Rudy will remain living at home.

For the past four years, Kitty Smutny has been caring for her husband Rudy in their own home.

Despite the challenges of caring for someone living with memory loss, Kitty has never considered moving Rudy into residential care. Although an older person herself, Kitty is committed to supporting Rudy to live at home for as long as she can.

“Southern Cross Care (Vic) has been providing us with home support for the past four years. Through Rudy’s Home Care Package, a support worker comes three times a week to help Rudy shower and dress. We are also getting support with home cleaning and maintenance, as well as respite care to provide me with a break when needed,” she said.

“Rudy enjoys living at home with me, and I enjoy caring for him full-time; however, it can be very tiring and stressful at times. That’s why it’s wonderful to have someone to come in regularly each week to give me a hand.”

“John, our support worker from Southern Cross Care (Vic) is fantastic and gets along so well with Rudy. With carers to help me, I am able to spend some quality time with Rudy without having to worry about his care all the time. Getting a Home Care Package for Rudy is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Otherwise, I would not have been able to manage all these years on my own,” she said.

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