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“It is better if I die; this is too much money to spend on an old woman!”

These were the words of my 85-year-old mother, when she realised how much money we had to raise before 22.10.15 to get her permanent Australian Residency (visa 864).

For the last 3 years my mother’s home has been with us in Australia and our greatest hope is that she can spend her last days with her family in a loving environment and in a dignified manner

Unfortunately, we are faced with the fact that an Australian permanent parent visa costs a total of $60,000. We have already invested more than $30,000 into the process and have depleted the few resources that we had managed to save after losing everything in the floods that swept through Brisbane in 2011. Due to a surprisingly fast processing time from the Department of Immigration 22.10.15 is our deadline to raise the rest of the money for my mother’s visa $30,000 - and we are beginning to panic. 

 I am reaching out to you to ask if you might consider helping us with a charitable contribution. I realise that there are many people in need, but my heart broke when my mother spoke those words. All I want is for her to stay with her family.
 
I am an only child and my mother was widowed in 1979, since then we have been looking out for and taking care of each other. I was widowed in 1999 and moved to Australia with my 2 sons in 2006, because of my new marriage to a wonderful man. Now lack of funds and changes to the immigration laws are making a peaceful old age for my mother a distressing and daunting task. There are many details to keep track of besides the money and the whole situation is taking its toll on the family.
 
In 2007, my mother suffered a stroke and she is still experiencing residual problems with her speech and right hand side. She was able to visit us in 2009 and finally, in 2012 she agreed to our urging to come live with us. In 2014 she fell and broke her left hip and arm. She is blind on one eye and losing her sight on the other. Not surprisingly, as she ages, her medical needs are increasing, and she needs her family around her not to mention adequate medical coverage.

My family has been exploring every fundraising avenue we could think of including charities, banks, politicians and grants, the last made difficult by the timeframe imposed on us. Each of these possibilities has been fruitless and loans are impossible as we do not have the assets to offer as a bond. My two sons are working, but in low paying jobs. The church my mother attends has promised to try raising money, but cannot say how much can be gathered in such a short timeframe.

We are aware of the many deserving causes looking to raise money every day, but if my mother’s story moves you please consider donating to help us keep our beloved mother/grandmother. If unable to donate please consider sharing this post via Facebook or twitter as every little bit helps.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 All information about visa costs can be confirmed at border.com.au

Our local newspaper Caboolture Herald ran the story about my mother’s plight on the 30th of July on page 5.
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Hi friends
We never made our goal, and things have changed seriously.

In September my mother got ill and refused treatment. We looked after her at home for 3 weeks, with the help of a nurse 3 times a week. My mother then decided she did want treatment after all, and on the 12th of October she was admitted to the local hospital.

In the meantime she had also received a rejection on her visa, so we have had to apply for a Medical Treatment Visa (602), which she was granted early this year. It means she is legally in the country for the next 10 years, but with no Medicare.

She is still in hospital - we are applying for a nursing home placement. Her increasing dementia and frailty means we cannot look after her properly at home.

The hospital has "duty of care", so they cannot refuse her, but in theory she is accruing a daily cost of just over $2000.

I would like to thank everyone who has shown interest in our family's trouble, and everyone who has donated or supported us in any other way. It has been a great help during the trying times.

Thank you all - and May the Light Shine upon You
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We had a visit from my mother's pastor, he said that a member of the congregation was a doctor, who worked in aged care, and he had volunteered to visit my mother, assess her situation, and continue helping until she has passed.

I cannot adequately describe what a relief it was to me. He will be coming on Monday and hopefully that means I will no longer shoulder the responsibility alone.

Yesterday it was my wedding anniversary, but we didn't remember until a lovely neighbour brought over a present to us. Dinner was left-overs. But we will have time later.
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It turns out that not having Medicare has further reaching implications than we imagined.

We went to the ER on Monday, because I had some concerns about our ability to look after my mother, and we had been advised that the ER was the fastest way to palliative care (care for the dying).

My mother could not get direct palliative care, because she did not have a "proper" diagnosis. She could not get help from the Post-Admission-Care-Team, as she has no Medicare (they would visit us at the cost of $300 per visit).

The Medical ward would only receive her, if it was to fast track her to a nursing home.

So at the moment everyone is relying on my memory from 16+ years ago when I was peripherally involved as an OT.

As I am sure you can understand it is an incredible pressure, and I am very concerned that I will not be able to ensure her a peaceful and pain free death.

On the positive side the entire family is helping out each in their own way, and I believe my mother feels the love around her.
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My mother did not pass her medical examination, in the words of Immigration :
"The applicant has been assessed against Public Interest Criterion" and "does not satisfy sub-subparagraph PIC 4005(1)(c)(ii)(A) in Schedule 4 to the Migration Regulations."

Vi are still waiting to see what that means, but I expect that the application will be turned down.

In the meantime my mother's health has taken a turn for the worse, and she is now bedridden, and has stopped eating and drinking. We are trying to keep her at home, so she can die with her family, but we are not sure, if we can manage.

I will keep you all posted, but I don't think Immigration is our main concern now. I am sure we can get some kind of exemption our of dem - but unfortunately no MediCare .
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Patrick Collins
32 months ago

Dear Inger, I’m very sorry to hear the news regarding your mother’s ill health. May the grace of God be with your family. Regards, Pat Collins

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Dear Inger, I’m very sorry to hear the news regarding your mother’s ill health. May the grace of God be with your family. Regards, Pat Collins

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