Posted November 05, 2018 17:21:39A nursing home is struggling after a virus outbreak, with staff unable to get to their homes because of the threat of coronaviruses.
Key points:Residents are increasingly relying on social media for informationThe facility at the corner of Southland and Oakwood is one of the last in the country that’s been fully infectedThe Southland facility, which has been fully operated since the outbreak, has been closed for nearly six monthsThe closure has been a huge blow for residents and their families.
It has meant they are now relying on the internet for information and to stay connected to family and friends who are unable to visit due to the threat.
The Southwood facility is one in the last remaining health care facilities in the state to have been fully affected by coronavire, with the remaining facilities having been closed due to an ongoing outbreak.
“There are a lot of people that live in that facility, and there are a number of people who live in the neighbouring hospitals, and we are dealing with a situation that we don’t want to be in,” Southland Mayor Paul O’Brien said.
“We are trying to be as efficient as we can as quickly as we possibly can, and to be able to be there for them, we’ve got to get through the pandemic.”
The closure of the Southland nursing facility has left the facility without a permanent home.
“The facility has been operating at capacity for six months, and the Southwood nursing facility, they have not been able to get the proper support that we need,” Mr O’Briens told 7.30.
“They have been operating on the margins, so they’ve been in a situation where they’ve had to shut down.”
This is an extreme example of the situation, where you’ve got people that have been here a very long time who are in a precarious situation, and you’ve seen people go in, get treatment, get their life back together, but when they come out of that environment, it’s very difficult for them to get on with their lives.
“Mr O’Donnell said the Southlakes facility had been operating since the start of the pandemics.”
So I think it’s a very, very sad situation, it is a very sad time, and it is an unfortunate situation,” he said.’
We need help to keep them safe’Residents and their supporters have been posting pictures of empty rooms in the building, with messages like “No more room, no more nursing homes”, “No place to go, no money”, and “Please stop this”, to be shared by staff.”
It’s an absolute tragedy, and I know that the people that work here are desperate, and they’ve gone through this already,” Ms Brown said.
She said she wanted to know why the facility had not been fully staffed and had not received any additional supplies.”
I think the biggest problem we’ve had is that we’ve not had the proper resources to keep people safe,” she said.
Residents are now turning to social media to find out what is happening, and are finding many of the images are of rooms that have already been vacated by staff or the patients that have died.”
People are posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter, they are sharing with the people who are struggling with the situation that they are in,” Ms O’Connell said.
In the meantime, Ms Brown says she is frustrated with how much money the facility has lost.”
These people have been working here for so long, and what are we going to do?
Do we just leave them here?
Are we going in and take them away?” she said, adding that the nursing home has also been hit hard by a recent coronaviral pandemic.”
Our biggest issue right now is that the facility is being unable to keep our community safe, and that’s what we need to do,” she told 7,000 ABC Melbourne viewers.”
How do we get the money in to the facility that we’re not going to be using?
“Ms Brown is asking for the Southlake facility to be reopened as soon as possible.
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