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Valued residents to enjoy new comfort

WORKING TOGETHER: Proserpine Nursing Home general manager Peter Hill, nurse Garry Smith and Wilmar representative Danny Van der Berg.
WORKING TOGETHER: Proserpine Nursing Home general manager Peter Hill, nurse Garry Smith and Wilmar representative Danny Van der Berg. Jacob Wilson

PROSERPINE Nursing Home residents can now enjoy another treasured comfort, with community fundraising and generosity making it all possible.

With support offered from Wilmar Sugar, the nursing facility found the means to purchase a specialised comfort chair valued at $2600 to make life easier for everyone.

Wilmar set aside a $1000 grant through its Community Support Program while nursing home staff were hard at work raising the remaining $1600 after holding a series of sausage sizzles.

Proserpine Nursing Home care manager Fiona Beveridge said the Deluxe comfort chair on wheels would enable staff to move frail residents out of their rooms and encourage them to spend more time in a social environment outdoors.

"It will also provide additional comfort to frail residents and help prevent pressure sores developing from remaining in one spot for long periods,” she said.

"We identified the need for this piece of equipment last year, but the $2600 price tag was outside our means.

"We are extremely grateful to Wilmar Sugar for providing funding assistance.”

Mackay regional asset manager for Wilmar Sugar Danny Van der Berg said the company was proud to support the nursing home which was improving the quality of life of 90 residents from across the Whitsunday region.

"The nursing home provides a very important service to our elderly residents, some of whom are former mill employees and cane suppliers,” he said.

"We are proud to be able to assist with the purchase of a piece of equipment that improves the quality of life for our community's frail and aged residents.”

The nursing chair was unveiled during International Nurses Day which was held last Friday May 12.

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