Nurs­ing home needs sup­port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

We love our lo­cal pa­per.

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