Mr J. Johnson JP
Resident and JP for over 50 years in Maclean
I wish to respond to the article on aged-care nursing home horrors. My wife and I have been residing at Mareeba Aged Care in Maclean NSW for
the past three months, and I cannot fault the conditions in which we are living.
I believe that Aged Care homes should be given a rating system such as you find with motels. This way people can be aware of conditions by
the stars that the facility has, and good facilities, such as 5 star facilities like Mareeba, would not be tainted by the negative media
that is currently dominating the news. I also think that staff should be scrutinized closely prior to employment.
Having seen firsthand how difficult it can be for staff, I have gained a huge appreciation to all the nursing, kitchen, and cleaning staff.
In fact I would go as far to say that the nursing staff are all first class. However, I am embarrassed by the disrespect that is often shown
to them. However, the nurses do not let the abuse upset them, but always handle it with dedication and professionalism. The cleaning staff
keep the facilities spotless and hygienic, and the rooms are cleaned daily. The meals are wonderful and we are never left feeling hungry or
I have been unfortunate to have sustained some minor cuts at home, which I would not have been able to care for by myself. The staff here
have looked at these wounds daily and dressed them with the utmost care until they have all healed.
Despite missing our own home, we are the happiest we could possibly be as residents of Mareeba. This is why I felt so strongly that I must
respond to this article, as I would hate to see good Aged Care facilities like Mareeba have their names dragged through the mud and tainted
by the negative press.