FEARS for Dunmunkle Health Services' Stonehaven Nursing Home dominated discussions at Yarriambiack Shire Council's meeting in Rupanyup on Monday night.
The State Government is due to release results of its review of the health service later this month.
But Rupanyup residents prepared themselves for a fight to keep the nursing home alive at Monday night's meeting.
Many said they were concerned the State Government might close the ageing high-care nursing home because of negative discussion about its viability during community consultations.
A Rupanyup woman who preferred to remain anonymous said she could not understand how it would be in the government's interest to shut a nursing home, when demand for aged care services was increasing statewide.
She said she had experienced how much demand there was for high-care nursing homes when she was trying to find a place for her husband, now deceased, eight years ago.
The woman said she could only imagine demand for places had since increased. "We had to keep my husband in Ballarat for about a month until he could get accommodation in the Wimmera," she said.
"They tried 11 high-care facilities."
The woman said she tried looking as far afield as Jeparit, without luck.
Her husband required care for advanced dementia.
She said people throughout the Wimmera relied on the services provided at Stonehaven Nursing Home.
The woman, who volunteered at the home, said she doubted the State Government's reviewers fully appreciated the value of Stonehaven in the community.
Rupanyup resident Jo Bourke said the review would not be all bad news, if it turned out to be bad at all.
"We don't actually know what the results of the review are yet," she said.
"We've got to look forward and ask ourselves what are the opportunities?" she said.