Nursing home residents fly home
A GROUP of St George nursing home residents rendered homeless by floods in February finally winged their way home on Wednesday.
The residents of Churches of Christ Care's Warrawee Aged Care Service St George were flown home from their temporary accommodations on the Gold Coast by RACQ CareFlight.
Churches of Christ Care director David Swain said he was eager to make certain the residents' return was a pleasant experience.
"Our priority has always been to make sure that our residents were not displaced for any longer than necessary," Mr Swain said of the multi-million dollar reconstruction of the Warrawee facility.
"What our residents have been through, being evacuated three times in as many years, is something no one should have to experience.
"We wanted to ensure that when the residents return home those memories are quickly overshadowed by what awaits them."
Mr Swain said Warrawee Aged Care Service would be safer and more resident and carer-friendly with extra rooms, and the redeveloped facility has been totally gutted and treated to a full internal and external facelift.
A specially redesigned dementia care unit has also been established in consultation with the Alzheimer's Association of Australia, as well as a designated chapel and a new on-site hairdressing salon.
Warrawee service manager Julie Crawford said staff were eager to get back to doing what they did best.
"An afternoon of celebrations is being planned for November to officially re-open our facilities," she said.
"It will give us the opportunity to thank the many groups, organisations and individuals of St George and Queensland who came to our aid to successfully evacuate our residents to safety."