Nursing home needs support
ONCE again an application is being made to the Federal Government for bed licences and funding for the Mossman nursing home project.
Mossman residents should be both alarmed and infuriated that last year’s application was rejected, which cost our local community (locally-acquired donations) over $30,000 that is simply money down the drain.
There is obviously a growing need for such a facility and now we have a regional health board in Cairns, with its reorganisation now taking place, it will become even more urgent. Nursing homes are part of integrated health. They are an essential element, not only in accommodating our sick and frail, but also, what a lot of people are totally unaware of, is the role they play in the rehabilitation of many accident victims, as they progress from our regional intensive care units.
It’s often the step prior to their integration back into our community. Some unfortunately will remain in their care for a long time.
When we, as broader community, wonder just why our hospital waiting list for elective surgery are so long, one of those major bottle necks has been hospital beds, which are being occupied by those that should be in nursing homes, or assisted care.
This is now stopping. The Mossman nursing home committee will be distributing request forms within the Douglas region.
They will ask for handwritten or typed letters in support of the next Mossman nursing home application, due very shortly.
Pick-up of letters from our elderly or infirmed will be arranged. Others should be handed back into the outlets from where the requests were obtained. Remember, it is no fun as parent of a son or daughter, in care 100km away. A daily trip taking two hours-plus and the cost of work time and fuel. As for an elderly partner on a pension and no longer able to drive, that is a logistical and financial impossibility.
So please provide your support. change in colour.
Many of us parents and students, past and present, are proud of our current colour combination and I am not alone in questioning the need for a colour change.
Change the design if you will but please don’t hijack the bold colours that we love so much. they are unable to do that, have them at their place while the owners are at work and keep everyone happy. Dogs normally only bark if someone happens to walk past the property.
I think this would be a happy outcome for both parties.
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