Before coming to live in a new Home in Place unit in Palmerston North, Cameron was having to travel hours each way, several times a week, to hospital for dialysis and other treatments.
Now the 33 year old, who has renal failure and is terminally ill, is now five minutes away from hospital.
His mum Ciarra, whom he lives with, says having the new place at Palmerston North has made a world of difference to her and Cameron. They have been living there now for 15 months.
“We feel really lucky to have this place,” Ciarra says.
“From the moment we walked into the place it had a very good feeling,” she says.
“We were so wrapped.”
“It is a ground floor place which is important because Cameron is in a wheelchair and soon will have to have both legs amputated. In the interim both legs are in a cast permanent as his ankles have dissolved completely.”
Ciarra says she and Cameron were renting privately 140 km away from Palmerston North. The rent kept going up until she could no longer afford to live there.
“Cameron was the first on the community transport bus and last off, so he was leaving at 4:30am and not getting home until 4:30pm.”
“Being here has helped Cameron’s health and wellbeing. He is not as tired. And he doesn’t have to worry about being late to appointments and treatments.”
“We have established good supports since moving to Palmerston North and Cameron has a fantastic carer. She is compassionate, understanding and family orientated. She really cares about her job and about Cameron.”
She and Cameron feel pretty safe and the neighbours are pretty friendly. While caring for Cameron is her current priority, she is looking forward to going back to work in Palmerston North at some stage.
Ciarra says she has good dealings with Home in Place’s Tenant Relations Officer, Renee.
“Renee is awesome. She is lovely to deal with and understanding of our situation.”
“We are making some modifications to accommodate Cameron’s wheelchair because we don’t want to leave this place.”
“The only soldier I know is my son, and I want Cameron to be happy where he is living for as long as we are together.”