Aged care res­i­dents hor­ri­fied

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

OS­CAR Chap­man hasn’t been able to sleep prop­erly since he heard his home might be clos­ing.

Aged care res­i­dents at Eidsvold Hospi­tal were hor­ri­fied to hear they could be­moved to a fa­cil­ity in an­other town.

At a town meet­ing on Mon­day night, sev­eral speak­ers re­ferred to the stress in­flicted on the older res­i­dents.

MrChap­man sat in the front row of the packed hall and said he would have spo­ken pub­licly, if he had been asked.

“I was born and raised in Eidsvold,” he said.

“It’s my home and the peo­ple at the hospi­tal are like fam­ily to me. They look af­ter me – when I need some­thing, they’re there to help.”

Sue Moss is a nurse at the hospi­tal and fought back tears as she de­scribed the ef­fect of re­cent events on the aged care res­i­dents.

“It breaks our hearts as car­ers to see the old peo­ple suf­fer­ing un­cer­tainty about their fu­tures,” Ms Moss said.

“I am very con­cerned about the hu­man cost of this. Peo­ple who have lived at least half a cen­tury in Eidsvold were told they would be moved away.

“Th­ese peo­ple have made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the area as farm­ers, tra­di­tional own­ers and veter­ans of war and de­serve to be treated with re­spect.”

Mr Chap­man’s daugh­ter, Doris, said she was dis­tressed by the im­pact the news would have on her fa­ther – and the im­pact on the town.

“Many ser­vices are de­liv­ered at the hospi­tal, in­clud­ing Deadly Ears, which is a vi­tal group that comes two to three times a year,” she said.

“I work at the school and when stu­dents need med­i­cal at­ten­tion, we send them to the hospi­tal.”

Ms Chap­man said the first any­one in Eidsvold heard about the sit­u­a­tion was on the news.

“It was dis­gust­ing. You would ex­pect a bit of com­mon courtesy,” she said.

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