When Whyalla resident Betty Guthrie was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year, she and husband Robert were all set to live in their caravan or rent accommodation for five weeks during her radiotherapy treatment in Adelaide.
But once a friend told her about The Hospital Research Foundation Group’s Under Our Roof homes for cancer patients, the couple stopped planning for alternative living arrangements.
Betty, 76, said she was “overwhelmed” at what the spacious home offered in terms of facilities and location as well the option to have up to six family members stay for support.
“We were quite pleased to get into the accommodation,’’ she said.
“I thought it was beautiful.
“If we hadn’t got that unit, we probably would’ve had to rent an apartment.’’
The Under My Roof accommodation has four family style homes for country patients to stay in while they are receiving treatment, located in Woodville West and Bowden.
The couple opted to stay at 354 Bowden’s On The Park East because it was not only close to Betty’s radiotherapy treatment, but also to public transport and the local supermarket.
“The position of the units in Bowden are excellent, opposite to Plant 4, you’ve also got the little LGA and the public transport trams at the end of the street,’’ she said.
“It was nice to come back (after radiotherapy) and just chill out in the unit. I did cook when I felt like it.
“The home was very well-equipped and it had everything you needed. There’s a washing machine and we would wash the sheets like we do at home.’’
Betty and her husband Robert recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary and while there are still visits to the surgeon and oncologist twice a year she is looking forward to many more special celebrations ahead and travelling around the country in their caravan.
“I’m fine,’’ she said. “I’m very positive and hopefully, the cancer doesn’t come back.
“Bob and I travel a lot and we normally do a winter escape from May to September.
“Australia is a beautiful country. My attitude is to get on with life and enjoy what you can.’’
For country cancer patients, the cost is $40 per night. If you are eligible for PATS (Patient Assistance Transport Scheme or state equivalent) and have a healthcare or pension card, this cost is fully covered.
For more information or to book a stay, visit www.HospitalResearch.org.au or speak to our friendly team on (08) 8244 1100.
*ABCR is part of The Hospital Research Foundation Group