Aged care residents horrified
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.