“She loved people and she was also very modest and quiet and I think if she was here I think it’s the sort of thing she would like to see done"
When Rory Dunlevy’s wife Margaret was treated for cancer at Cabrini Malvern nine years ago, he was so grateful for the care she received that he became a Cabrini volunteer.
But with Margaret passing away this year after a second battle with cancer, Rory’s desire to give back to the Cabrini community hasn’t abated and recently he donated a new piece of equipment to Cabrini Aged Care in Ashwood.
The Mangar Elk is an inflatable lifting cushion designed to lift a fallen person safely off the ground and into a raised, sitting position while minimising moving, handling and transfer risks.
“To have older people treated with dignity, it’s so important,” says Rory.
Rory and Margaret were married for 47 years and had four children, two boys and two girls.
When Margaret’s cancer came back at the end of last year, Margaret arranged to leave the hospital a donation on her passing, but Rory asked whether there was anything else they could do.
“She loved people and she was also very modest and quiet and I think if she was here I think it’s the sort of thing she would like to see done,” Rory says.
“It’s a nice thing to do and it feels good,” agrees his daughter Kate.
Cabrini’s General Manager/Director of Nursing and Resident Experience Sharni Clark says the equipment will give dignity to patients who experience a fall at the Ashwood facility.
“If someone falls in a lounge room in front of everyone, to get a hoist machine, it’s pretty undignified,” she explains.
“There may be the opportunity to use this piece of equipment in a more dignified way. It’ll work particularly well in small bathroom spaces I think, if it’s a tight space. Navigating those spaces are particularly difficult.”
Rory is proud to be a Cabrini supporter and says he wants to support Cabrini because he appreciates and has seen first-hand the values at the heart of the hospital.
“It’s the Cabrini values and all the extras that are done – dignity, comfort and mental peace for the patients.”
Cabrini Foundation would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Rory and Kate Dunlevy for their generosity and support.