There has been a small groundswell of people speaking out about the discrimination, stigma and downright nastiness of others against the elderly, and in particular people with dementia. I posted a comment on this article;
“Whatever happened to equal rights for people with disabilities or impairments, and to humanity, and compassion??? I am as shocked by the comments made by so many above, as much as I am by the cruise ship, which should be sued for discrimination. Not all people with dementia need to be with a carer all the time, and it is their right to be part of our community. Sadly, ageism, discrimination and stigma is very alive and well in Australia.”
A friend of mine Laura Bee wrote on Facebook: “Love how all the comments on this article turned after Kate Swaffer made her comment. Thank you Kate and others with dementia who commented on this article. Hey Celebrity, how about some awareness training for your staff?”
Elderly passenger with dementia forced off Celebrity Millennium cruise ship at Yorkeys Knob
A CRUISE company has defended forcing an elderly passenger with dementia to leave a ship while it was docked at Yorkeys Knob.
Adry Arnold, 78, and her husband were sailing on Celebrity Millennium last month and were told they were not allowed back aboard because the ship’s doctor was concerned for Mrs Arnold’s safety.
Mrs Arnold’s story has gone viral after her nephew Don Stones posted a complaint on his Facebook page.
His post has been shared more than 5200 times on the social media website. “I posted it not only because they are my family, but because no one should (treat someone) like that and be allowed to get away with it,” he said.
Mr Stones said his aunt was forced to stand at Yorkeys Knob marina with her and her husband’s suitcases because she was not able to find her way back to her cabin.
“She was staying on board while her husband went to view Cairns while the ship was docked,” he said.
“On his arrival back from sightseeing he was met by his wife and told they were not allowed back on the ship because the doctor did not think they were the kind of people who should be on the cruise … if she was left alone.”
Mrs Arnold was found by the ship’s staff while trying to find her cabin and she was upset and crying, Mr Stones wrote.
“The couple, on the pension mind you, paid over $12,000 for the cruise, which will probably be the last one they will be able to go on together (and) had to find their own way back to their home,” he wrote.
“This is a disgusting way to treat anybody, let alone an elderly couple, without even trying to resolve the issue at hand.”
A Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman said staff felt it was “necessary to disembark” Mrs Arnold after she was found disoriented on the ship.
“Mrs Arnold was escorted to the ship’s onboard medical facility while attempts were made to contact Mr Arnold, who was ashore and could not be reached,” she said.
“Regrettably, since we were concerned for Mrs Arnold’s safety and wellbeing while aboard the ship, particularly in a cabin with its own balcony, we felt it was necessary to disembark her.”
The spokeswoman said the ship’s care team arranged transport from the ship to Cairns Hospital.
“Mr and Mrs Arnold will receive a pro-rata refund for the remaining nine days of their sailing, as well as full refund of the monies paid for their second cruise,” she said.
“We apologise if they have not yet received their refund and we are working with their travel agent to ensure that it is processed quickly.”
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