Harrowing tale of survival reveals spirit and strength

Baptistcare At Home Services has the privilege of delivering a support system to the vast number of people who are now choosing to live independently in their own homes as they get older. Many of these individuals have led amazing and interesting full lives.

Harold Martin is a 99 year old war veteran who became a prisoner of war after the fall of Singapore in World War II. Harold recently returned to Myanmar and Thailand where he was held captive during the war to revisit his past and pay tribute to his fallen comrades.

“A Long Way Back” is a documentary telling the story of how he was captured, spent two years enslaved at prison camps and was forced to contribute to the construction of the Thailand – Burma Railway.

Though many could consider this a sad story, Harold stands strong; walking confidently, speaking with utmost clarity and telling his story for the very first time. You can view the compelling documentary at alongwayback.com.au

Harold lives remotely in the Great Southern region of WA and is very self-sufficient. He has recently stopped driving and now Baptistcare, through our At Home Services, helps him access the community by providing transport to go shopping and keep appointments, keeping Harold independent and socially active.

Remaining connected to his community and friends is an integral part of Harold’s sense of belonging, wellbeing and the very reason that he gets up and dressed, ready to take on the day without any assistance explained Desiree Cailes, Baptistcare Service Facilitator.

“Harold has a special circle of friends who he meets with every day for coffee, to share stories, laughs and friendship. It is an honour to provide services to such an inspiring individual and I often think we get so much more from delivering services to gentlemen and customers like Harold than we can ever offer in return,” she said.

To find out how Baptistcare At Home Services and a Home Care Package can help you or a loved one live independently, please visit At Home Services or call 1300 660 640.