Respite centre to close facility

BLUE Care’s Gympie hydrotherapy pool at its Southside respite centre is to be closed indefinitely due to a number of on-going problems with the facility.

Community Care manager Lisa Guiver said yesterday the decision to close the hydrotherapy pool had been difficult to make.

“Ongoing structural, maintenance and safety issues have prompted us to make the difficult decision in closing the hydrotherapy pool indefinitely,” she said.

“The community, our clients and staff have been patient while Blue Care engaged consultants to help management make this informed, yet necessary decision.

“While we understand there are many who will share our disappointment, please be assured closing the pool is in the best interests of patrons’ wellbeing as we can not allow people to swim in an unsafe environment.

“Blue Care has been carrying the financial burden of the pool for some time now so the closure will also ensure the sustainability of our services in the Gympie area.”

Ms Guiver said Blue Care had been overwhelmed with enquiries and offers of support to reopen the pool, which has been closed for 11 months.

“We have been extremely grateful for the offers of support, as well as the initial steps the community took to help establish the pool, but the considerable repair and running costs are simply too great for Blue Care and the community to sustain,” she said. “Since October, Blue Care has been offering other exercise and swim options and we will continue to provide programs based on what our clients’ needs and abilities are.”

In Gympie, Blue Care staff and volunteers provide nursing, respite, support and allied health services, including podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to the elderly and people living with a disability.

“Blue Care has been part of the Gympie community for more than 30 years and although it is unfortunate the pool must close, our commitment to providing quality caring services remains unchanged,” Ms Guiver said.

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