The family of a 77-year-old woman who has been warned she has just months to live are fighting a decision by an aged-care company to move her out of its Kingsley facility.
Marion Treby, who has severe Parkinson's disease and is unable to do anything for herself, is a permanent resident of the Brightwater-run aged-care home.
But this year, Brightwater notified her and several other permanent residents they would have to find somewhere else to live because it had successfully tendered for a Health Department contract to provide extra transitional beds for elderly people coming out of hospital.
Mrs Treby's son Brett Treby fears the move will have a negative effect on his mother's quality of life in her final months and could shorten the time that she has left.
Mr Treby said just before his father died in November, he promised him that he would look after Mrs Treby.
He said the permanent residents had contracts with Brightwater and a guarantee of residential tenancy, but they were being forced out because the company could make more money per bed.
"Mum was distraught," Mr Treby said. "It's money over compassion.
"She's only got months to live and any move, and re-establishing trust with new people at her home, we genuinely think it is going to cut her life shorter than it already is."
A Health Department spokeswoman confirmed the department was aware Brightwater's successful tender for the extra beds would mean residents would have to be moved.
But she said people being moved from aged-care beds was not unusual and happened for different reasons, including a change in the mix of uses for the beds at a facility.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said it was "simply wrong" for someone with so little time left to be losing her home, security, friends and things that would give her some comfort in her final days.
Brightwater chief executive Penny Flett confirmed the number of transitional care places at Brightwater in Kingsley was being increased and said the decision had "nothing to do with money" but was in response to community need.
Dr Flett said the permanent residents had all the time they needed to find somewhere else.
Morning news break – August 11