Friday , December 13 2019
Home > Aged care > Residents left in limbo

Residents left in limbo

An elderly woman evacuated from a shuttered Gold Coast aged care home is in a critical condition in hospital after falling and hitting her head, 9 News reports.

The woman reportedly fell, less than 24 hours after being moved from the Earle Haven Retirement Village on Thursday night.

She was one of 71 residents moved from the home after it was suddenly closed following a contractual dispute over money which led health workers to storm off the job on Thursday afternoon.

9News understands a staff member, who decided to stay back to help residents, made a call to Triple Zero to alert them of the crisis within the home. Police and health authorities were also informed of the situation.

The operators of the nursing home say they had no choice after staff allegedly went unpaid due to a contract dispute with the overarching aged-care provider, ABC News adds.

Accommodation had to be found for more than 70 residents, many of whom have dementia.

More than 32 paramedics, nurses, doctors and Queensland Health staff, as well as the state health minister, attended the village to organise the transfers.

The Queensland Government said the Federal Government needed to take ownership of the situation and has called for an inquiry into the crisis.


Elderly woman critical after fall following Gold Coast retirement home evacuation (9 News)

Gold Coast nursing home residents in limbo, claims wages unpaid for a month (ABC News)

Aged care centre operator accused of charging residents the same day they were forced to leave (ABC News)