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Bundaberg nursing home residents finally home after January floods

By Frances Adcock, Monday September 9, 2013 - 11:06 EST
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The RSL Care Fairways home was swamped by floodwaters in January. - Audience submitted

More than 100 aged care residents have returned home, eight months after floods inundated a nursing facility in Bundaberg in southern Queensland.

The RSL Care Fairways home was swamped by floodwaters in January.

More than 108 residents were evacuated and transferred to facilities across the Wide Bay, Rockhampton and Brisbane.

The home officially reopened this week but RSL Care CEO Craig Mills says staff maintained contact with residents throughout the rebuilding phase.

"Familiar faces, which is always important for the elderly, that's why staff were working one week on, one week off, at particular places, so that helped," he said.

"They were spread all over the place, which was some by choice, some not by choice, but we managed those people over that time.

"In fact, some of our staff were supporting those people at other facilities as well."

Mr Mills says 14 low-lying units remain unoccupied.

Resident Roy Maxted says the floods took a toll.

"They are all a lot more happier ... but not looking forward to another flood and we hope we never get one of course," he said.

"We are settling down quite good and we started going out again on a Saturday night and the social activity is starting to get back."

RSL Care says it is working with the Bundaberg council on future flood-proofing measures.


- ABC

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