The advice from aged care facilitators Helping Hand that they have taken over the operations of Kindred Living in Whyalla is welcome news according to the Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.
“I was advised by Helping Hand CEO Chris Stewart of the decision early this week. It is what I have been hoping and working for with Minister Richard Colbeck,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Helping Hand have indicated their intention to take full ownership of the Kindred Living facilities including the residential care homes, retirement living units, community services operations and staff.”
“Management of Whyalla’s aged care assets by a statewide not-for profit organisation providing services to more than 7000 senior South Australians will bring critical mass and management skills to Whyalla and ensure the community is afforded first class services.
“The Federal Government is providing significant support to ensure this first step can take place and will continue to work with Helping Hand as they move towards acquiring the facilities over the next twelve months.
“I have been working closely with Minster Colbeck to ensure the viability of aged care services in Whyalla and I am looking forward to working with Helping Hand to upgrade and expand the current facilities and replace the capacity we have lost with the closure of Annie Lockwood.
“Helping Hand has committed to keeping the bed licenses attached to Annie Lockwood in Whyalla which will provide comfort to the community and indicates they are here for the long-haul and intend to build new capacity and reactivate the licenses.”
Mr Ramsey said it had been an extremely distressing time for former residents and their families with the closure of Annie Lockwood.
“There was some urgency around ensuring continuity of care for residents and I am pleased they have now been relocated,” he said.
“I congratulate Helping Hand, an organisation with great respect in the industry and the skills to successfully bring a high level of care to Whyalla and its aged care community.”