Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Eventide Selloff Would Be a Waste of Public Assets

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Eventide Selloff Would Be a Waste of Public Assets

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BELOW is a letter sent by us to Queensland Health in response to what can only be described as a circular advising us of the privatisation of Eventide Aged Care Home in Rockhampton.

If our local hospital board is as independent as we keep being told, maybe it is time they exercised this alocal autonomya and insisted on retaining the administration of the two high-care residential facilities in town, thus leaving the not-for-profit providers with the option of directing their funds towards providing some of the desperately needed new places and services.

As for any commercial operator taking them on a aTell 'em they're dreaming!a

IT WAS with disbelief and growing horror that my husband and I read of your plans to transfer the operation of Rockhampton Eventide Home and the North Rockhampton Nursing Home to private ownership.

The health of elderly people unable to live even semi-independently is a core business for Queensland Health, as their only alternative is permanent hospitalisation.

After more than a year in hospitals, with a short period of interim care in the North Rockhampton facility in between, we were overjoyed when my husbandas mother was allocated a place in the very-high-care section of Eventide. While in hospital, her medical conditions were stabilised, and her basic physical needs were attended to, but mentally she deteriorated due to lack of any meaningful stimulation, and her mobility suffered severely as well.

Since becoming a resident in Grevillea Court, she has improved considerably, due to the care and patience of the excellent staff, but she still cannot even get out of bed without assistance, and often experiences severe pain. As well, she now suffers from dementia. What is to happen to her? Back into the more expensive and unsuitable hospital environment? (For which you will no doubt be paying even more! …

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