A Frail Farewell - the Cyclone Yasi experiences of Cardwell's old folk
A Frail Farewell: The Cyclone Yasi Experiences of Cardwell’s old folk by Dr Jacqui Murray tells the story of more than 60 elderly people. In particular it tells of the sufferings of local nursing home residents. Unlike those evacuated earlier from Cairns, Cardwell’s frail aged were forced, in the hours before Cyclone Yasi struck, onto unsuitable transport for a long, traumatic and very uncomfortable journey to a Townsville hall where no preparations had been made for their arrival.
As a result, the hall became overcrowded with even the high care bed bound frail aged forced onto uncomfortable mattresses tightly packed in rows on the floor – making nursing and proper patient care extremely challenging. The results were both physically and mentally very distressing for both the old folk and their carers.