Elderly residents may have to move

By NATALIE SMITH bulletincoast@capnews.com.au

ANTON Schick doesn't want to see his second family at Yeppoon Nursing Home split up.

The 66-year-old retired teacher volun- teers at the State Government-run nurs- ing home on Anzac Parade and was shocked to read in The Weekend Bulletin that the nursing home could be closed and its 40 elderly residents moved.

"They are at a stage in their lives where they've gone in (to the home) thinking that this will be their home un- til they die,'' he said.

"I go to hold a sing-a-long every Mon- day and there are some very bright indi- viduals there.

"One of the residents is 99, another lady 93, a gentleman there is in his 90s and there are a number of people in their 80s. They are like a second family.

"I can't speak for all of them, but I know if it was me, I'd be very upset.

"To send them to other homes at this stage of their lives would be devastating.

"But perhaps it would be even more devastating for those who are not so aware, whose minds are failing.''

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan last week confirmed negotiations were being conducted between the State Govern- ment and private providers on the Capri- corn Coast to move the beds from the home; and if the Federal Government approved the idea, the move for the residents could take up to two years.

The confirmation came after $5.5 mil- lion was allocated in the State Budget for the redevelopment of the Yeppoon Hos- pital at its current site, next to the nurs- ing home.

Mr Schick first began volunteering at the home in 2002 when his mother, Ab- bie, was staying at the Yeppoon Hospi- tal, waiting for a place at the nursing home.

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