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Thirty-Five-Year-Old Living In Aged Care Reveals What Life Is Like Inside During This Pandemic

Saturday 9 May 2020


From Australian broadcaster SBS:


Ketra Wooding
Ketra Wooding

Thirty-five-year-old living in aged care reveals what life is like inside during this pandemic

Ketra has been forced to live in an aged care facility due to her severe chronic fatigue syndrome. Unable to find suitable accommodation elsewhere, Ketra has had no choice but to stay, and now she's trapped inside as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

By Ketra Wooding
Friday 8 May 2020
© 2020 SBS.

The severe lock down of the aged care facility where I live was early and brutal. The door codes were all changed, and I couldn't get out of the facility and no visitors could come in. This was in early March, I had just had my 35th birthday.

I don’t want to be here, I want to leave.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to leave aged care because I have myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I was hit hard with this disease and, within a year of getting it I’d deteriorated so much that I needed 24/7 care. After a three-month stint in hospital, I was sent to live in aged care. I have intense sensory sensitivities that worsen over time, when exposed to triggers. My home needs to be a low-chemical, low-noise, high-physical support environment – something impossible to find at present.

So I’m 35, living in aged care and now I’m locked into the facility.


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