Blue Care has denied rumours that it will be closing its aged care facility in Bundaberg by the end of this year, though says it is struggling to meet the changing needs of local residents as demand for low care residential care declines.

The not for profit provider, which is part of UnitingCare Queensland, is preparing to close three wings in its 90+bed facility, Millbank Village.

Thirty six residents will be relocated as part of the transition.

The announcement comes less than a year after the provider closed the doors of its Bayhaven facility in Hervey Bay.

A Blue Care spokeswoman told local media the affected residents and their families had been informed and it was “working closely with them to organise transitions to new homes, at no cost to residents or their families”.

She said it has become difficult for Millbank Village to respond to the changing needs of people looking for residential care, though would not confirm a timeframe for the wing closures.

“Many in the community with low-care needs now choose to remain at home supported by other services, thus reducing the demand for low-care residential facilities such as Millbank,” she said.

“Blue Care’s first priority throughout this transition is to ensure the wellbeing of Millbank residents, including minimising disruption and unease for those affected and their families.”

“At this time there are no plans for a closure of the facility,” she said.