When Lee was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, living solo wasn’t safe anymore. It was even harder when he moved to the Blue Mountains.
With few friends nearby, Lee was worried a fall could have serious consequences. Thankfully, he discovered we could help. Our volunteers phone Lee every day, giving him the confidence to live independently.
“If I had fallen not knowing anyone up here, it would have had quite terrible consequences. The result of being able to ring every day for security ... it took a big worry off my shoulders,” he says.
“You’ve got a friend at the other end of the phone. I can’t imagine anyone being more private than I am … but nevertheless, that has made an enormous difference.”
Thanks to people like you, thousands of Australians who live alone and are at risk of an accident or illness receive a daily phone call. If the call goes unanswered, our volunteers follow up to make sure everything is okay. Up to 1,000 times a year, we raise the alarm when someone is ill or injured. Thank you for helping us save lives.