McLean Care to hold Guyra community forum at Kolora this month

McLean Care, managing Guyra's Kolora facility since last year, will hold its first community forum on Monday, April 29.

All locals are invited to share their opinions about aged care and disability services in the community - both what they need now, and what they think needs will be.

"We really want community engagement," communication and marketing manager Heidi Manning said.

"We want people to come along and share their thoughts of what they think would make Guyra and the region a better place when it comes to aged care and disability services."

The event will also be an opportunity to learn more about the organisation, and meet the board and executive leadership.

The event will be held at Kolora from 2pm to 4pm.

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The new $6.7 million, 32-bed facility opened in May, and McLean Care has operated it since June. The organisation has provided aged care to the North West and Darling Downs since 1952.

McLean Care holds community forums every year, Ms Manning said. Their policy is to listen to locals, and get the feel of the land, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach; what works in their Inverell or Queensland facilities may not suit Guyra.

With 28 of the facility's 32 beds already filled, McLean Care intends to build, maintain, and sustain its resident numbers.

The organisation has invested in its workforce to meet local needs, Ms Manning said. It has also connected residents to allied health services such as doctors and physios, so residents can see specialists in town. Because services can be limited in a small town like Guyra, it wants to access particular services locals may need.

McLean Care would also like to hear what other leisure and lifestyle activities, such as outings, it could provide.

"With your help, McLean Care's designing the aged care your community needs today and in the future," the organisation said.

RSVP Friday, April 23, by phoning Kathryn McKinlay on 02 6721 7364