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Aged care crisis hope

Friday, 29th July, 2011

City Council and Southern Cross Care (SCC) have put forward a brand new aged care facility as a possible solution to the city’s aged care crisis.

The proposed facility would house 60 people and the old Alma Pool site is being considered as a possible location.

Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said it would involve the transfer of 40 aged care licenses from the Shorty O’Neil Village to the new purpose-built facility.

It would also mean seeking an additional 20 licences from the Commonwealth Government, Mr Zaknich said.

Shorty O’Neil residents would be transferred to the new building and the retirement village would then revert back to operating as independent living  units, he said.

The new facility would be run by Southern Cross Care which also owns the Harold Williams Home, St Anne’s Nursing Home and Aruma Lodge.

The idea was presented to councillors ahead of their monthly meeting this week.

Southern Cross Care’s Broken Hill CEO, Allan Carter, said the concept followed on from a recent roundtable meeting convened by the Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley.

The discussions came after the hospital said it would have to send frail aged patients to Wilcannia’s aged care home due to a shortage of beds.

Under the plan City Council would maintain ownership of Shorty O’Neil Village.

“It is not a purpose built facility (for aged care),” Mr Carter said of the village.

Mr Zaknich said the idea would address the “medium to long term” needs of the community.

“These are preliminary discussions around what the future options might be,” Mr Zaknich said.

“It’s about the needs of our aged residents. It’s very important for Council.”


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