Public criticism continues for Grey County over long-term care

By T.S. Giilck

Not surprisingly, it appears the public around The Blue Mountains and north-eastern Grey County aren’t any happier about the decision to eventually close Grey Gables and building a new consolidated long-term care facility in Durham than their political representatives.

This is just horrible. Yet another case of the elderly not being treated with the respect and dignity they deserve,” said Debbie Edwards Luptak on Facebook. “With any luck we will all be in that situation someday and it is sad that politics and money are more important than people. First wanting to close the school and now this- what is going to happen to Markdale? How sad for Markdale and Grey County!”

Those comments were echoed by other people, including Valerie O’Neil Shaw.

“This is the most short-sighted, selfish, idiotic, power motivated move I have ever seen. Some people want their names on a new building rather than thinking of the needs of a community and its seniors.”

Gwen Hutchinson wrote “Once again, bureaucrats put politics and money ahead of the well-being and comfort of seniors needing long term care. Do the people making these decisions forget that they too will ‘get old’, some day?

And actually, not only seniors need long term care. There are so many diseases out there in this era that incapacitate people at a young age, and long term care is not an option any more, it is a necessity. The family and patients are traumatized enough as it is without having to travel long distances from their homes to visit their loved ones.”

The decision to close Grey Gables and sell it to private interests was made in May and finalized in June after heavy public protests. It also spurred a walkout by seven county councillors in early June.

It is expected to take years to close the Markdale facility and open a new long-term care centre in Durham.

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