Crisis in elderly care
In December, the Cairns Post story ‘‘Crisis in Aged Care for Elderly’’ struck a chord of undeniable truth. No longer can the state government say this crisis is not their concern or problem, when hospital beds are filled with aged and unhappy clients waiting for a placement somewhere. Space that is the right of a client needing surgery or after surgery care. It is indeed their problem and a very big one. While the federal government, through the Department of Health and Ageing, is responsible for aged care nationally, communities need the state government to support EVERY organisation associated with aged care. We need to lobby for better support for trained staff, for better pay, less red tape and of course more facilities to house these ageing clients. This battle belongs to everyone. We in Mossman have been banging our heads on the proverbial brick wall of bureaucracy for 16 years trying to get a small aged care facility in the heart of our town. So dedicated is this community to supporting this project that Douglas Council bought land for this very purpose10 years ago. We hear of ambulances being ramped at the hospital, of facilities closing aged care beds, of the difficulty in retaining trained and reliable staff. These problems are not going away but will increase as we are an ageing population, some celebrating their 100th birthday. Premier Newman’s idea of relocation of immigrants to the rural areas will increase the need for suitable aged care facilities. This needs to be addressed NOW, not in ten years time. Why should a parent or partner or a young disabled have to be housed in facilities hours and kilometers away from family. Why are their needs less than those in the city confines. Some of these people have been the backbone of their community all their lives. Lobby every politican you know. Jan McLucas, Warren Entsch, David Kempton, Gavin King andother politicians. Make it an issue on their agenda before it becomes YOUR issue and a difficult and agonising one to live with at that. it. Let’s hope the new DSC will stop this vandalism. Also the degraded creeks and waterways need to be cleaned up, not dug out every year and cleared of every tree. Let’s try and save what little fringing reef we have left. Also the deep gully at Craiglie that runs horizontal to the road and scours out every year and runs into the creek next to the old seafood shop also needs to be revegetated.