Winston House closure is not good news
THE imminent closure of Winston House on Channon St is a blow for aged care in the Gympie region.
Aged care beds in Gympie are in short supply and the region needs more beds not less.
Blue Care, the organisation that runs Winston House, says the facility is outdated and can't cater for patients needing high care.
This may be true but surely, because the need is so great, they can offer some sort of accommodation for the region's low care elderly.
What worries me is that 53 residents, who are also my neighbours, will have to find somewhere else to live.
With the shortage of beds in the region they may have to leave Gympie.
This means relatives and friends will have to travel to visit their loved ones.
The other negative is the aged care workers that look after the residents will have to find other jobs.
It's not good news for anyone.