0

"Our lives changed in an instant"

9 October 2015

“Our lives changed in an instant”

Every donation is unique and personal. For Megan Cairney, it’s about building a brighter future for young Aussies with high care needs. Megan shares her story and the personal reasons why she supports Youngcare.

“It was just 24 days since Paul and I had got married and we were enjoying our honeymoon in London. Christmas Day, 2007 and disaster struck. Paul fell down a flight of stairs resulting in a traumatic brain injury.

Our life just changed in an instant. It was an incredibly long haul getting Paul back home to Australia, and when we did, reality really set in. Paul spent 18 months in a hospital surgical ward with little improvement to his condition, and after going through all the channels government had to offer, we came to terms with the fact that aged care was the only option for Paul, who was aged just 30.

Megan-Cairney-with-her-husbane-Paul
Megan with Paul

We knew that once Paul left hospital to go into a nursing home that his health would deteriorate; it was just three months after he moved into the nursing home that he passed away.

Aged care was a double-edged sword for us; it provided a more dignified way of saying goodbye to Paul than a hospital would have, but we had had no real choice. It was the only option.

It is irrational to me that we live in a developed country where there is so limited dignified support for young people with high care needs. Young people shouldn’t be forced to live in a place that’s not right for them.

I wanted to donate to Youngcare because it aligns so well with what happened to us. My story reflects what can happen if there aren’t suitable places for young people to live.

Through their accommodation solutions and grants programs, Youngcare is addressing where the system is failing in a very practical, pragmatic and sensible way. There is a solution, and Youngcare has undertaken the research, has the model of care and housing, and knows it works.

What happened to Paul could happen to anyone, at any time. We don’t think it but we are all completely vulnerable, and when there is a systematic flaw in the way we manage this group of people, it’s our duty to make sure we fix it.”

SHARE THIS!
News you might like:
30 August 2016National not-for-profit organisation Youngcare today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan.Mr ...
7 November 2016Share a slice of Youngcake this ChristmasFor a young person with high care needs, the loss of choice and independence is one of ...
Bernard Fanning is back and he can't wait for the Youngcare Benefit Concert 2015! Below he shares his fond memories of the past and some of his plans ...
We want you to be the first to know! Youngcare is thrilled to announce the return of one of Brisbane’s best nights of Australian music: the ...
2 August 2017Youngcare explores options as NSW project endsYoungcare’s partnership with St. Vincent’s Australia to deliver high care housing ...
This article was originally published in The Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin.8 January 2016Young people in aged care – an Australian ...
5 May 2016WHAT’S ON! 28 APRIL - 8 MAY Simpson Desert ChallengeSupport the trekkers by donating and follow the trek with our regular ...
Dear Mr Scott Morrison,I’m writing to you as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia because I want to know how you’re planning on improving the ...
5 May 2016A helping hand from Hand Heart PocketYoungcare’s At Home Care Grants are set to continue helping more young Queenslanders with high ...
5 May 2016CEO messageThe new season is an exciting time for Youngcare as we start to focus on bringing our latest apartments at Albany Creek, ...
Categories
Archives

Are you a young person seeking help?

What we do

GET INFO

Get Help

GET INFO

Contact Us

GET INFO

A huge thanks to our supporters 

Flight Centre Foundation
Savills
Tattersalls Club
De Luca Corp
Just Cause Bunch
CUB
Braggs Signs
Style
Rivergum Homes
HSF
Bunnamagoo
Vertica Capital
Clark Real Estate
EY
Merlo
Shine Lawyers
Collins Food
MTAQ
Motorola Solutions
Good2give
KFC Youth Foundation
MGD Private
Sage
Birdsville Hotel
ALS Global
Story Bride Hotel
Channel Nine
Taylor Byrne
Aurora Adventures
MMO Interiors
Network First
Audio Visual Elements
QIC
Knight Frank
DAE
ALS
Care Tech
Servcorp
Vuly
Carbone
Forte Catering
Betta Home Living
GNK
Pilot
Women's Weekly
Queensland Government
Tatts Group
Eureka Landscaping
Cutting Edge
ANZ
CV Services
McCabe Curwood
Birdsville Roadhouse
Birdsville Social Club
Batercard
Vantage Performance
LAS logo
Queensland Rail
Bruce Lynton
Thrifty
MS Queensland
Vincents
Triffid
Coates
FKG
Media Merchants
Keystone
Morgans
Neals
Wolff Group
Brighton Homes
Nova
Just Photography
Hand Heart Pocket
Hopgood Ganim
Spot Productinons
One Harvest - love beats
Select AV