COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Gaye Kazakoff-Corr, Lorraine Rock, Janet Wheeler and Faylene Cooke with nursing home resident of seven years George Fry (centre) who will be celebrating The Proserpine Nursing Home's 25th anniversary this weekend. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Gaye Kazakoff-Corr, Lorraine Rock, Janet Wheeler and Faylene Cooke with nursing home resident of seven years George Fry (centre) who will be celebrating The Proserpine Nursing Home's 25th anniversary this weekend. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times

Nursing home celebrates 25 years

THE Proserpine nursing home owes its existence to the efforts of a generous community and now, after 25 years, the home is inviting that same community back.

An open day and Chriustmas party on Saturday November 26, will celebrate the day it all began in 1986.

Hotel Services Manager Faylene Cooke has been on the payroll since the beginning and talked to the Whitsunday Times about the home's evolution, from a piece of land donated by local cane farmer Eddie Dray [senior], to the modern facility of today.

"The community fundraised for years," Faylene said.

"There was definitely a need. Before this people had to stay in hospital or they went to other centres out of town."

"We've grown from a 30 bed [facility] to what we are today, which with the new building coming on, will be 87 [beds]," she said.

Faylene has seen many changes over the years, particularly with advances in equipment.

"When we first opened if you had to lift somebody that was a team effort but now it's all mechanically assisted," she said.

However some things don't change and for Faylene it is still "just a pleasure to come to work".

As part of the 25-year celebrations the nursing home has produced a cookbook called 'Back to Basics', which General Manager Lyn Hodges said was inspired by an original book of recipes used as a fundraiser all those years ago.

"We encouraged all residents and families to donate a recipe," Ms Hodges said. "We've also got sections for celebrities and politicians so at the open day on Saturday we're going to be serving chicken and pistachio sandwiches as a favourite of the mayor's!"

Ms Hodges said Saturday was also a chance to showcase the new wing affectionately known as "Crystalbrook Manor".

"The real reason is to encourage the Proserpine and Cannonvale communities to see what the nursing home is all about."

OPEN DAY

Where: Proserpine Nursing Home, 42 Anzac Road, Proserpine

When: Saturday

November 26

Time: 10am-2pm

Featuring: 'Back to Basics' the nursing home's celebratory cookbook. Copies will be on sale for $20 and funds raised will go towards finishing the new 'Crystalbrook Manor'.


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