NEW ERA FOR FORMER CHRISTADELPHIAN HOMES SITE AT ALBION PARK
- Created on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:02
Warrigal has been formally selected by Christadelphian Aged Care to take over ownership of their Ridgeview Aged Care Home at Albion Park. The home will now be officially known as Warrigal Mount Terry.
Warrigal CEO, Mark Sewell, said the opportunity to take ownership of the Home fits well with Warrigal’s significant community commitment to this area.
“We’re really excited about this new Home joining Warrigal and the contribution Warrigal can make with its significant experience in offering high quality aged care services in the Illawarra for over 50 years.
“It’s on the public record that Ridgeview has had a number of issues, including not meeting all the accreditation standards with the Department of Health, but Warrigal is in the perfect position to ensure the Home continues to operate and the Illawarra doesn’t lose these valuable beds or services from the local community.
“Warrigal has expertise in running eight other aged care homes as well as many retirement villages and home care services across the Illawarra and in other areas of NSW.
“Our head office is located just minutes away from the Home which means we can offer a high level of localised support to residents and their families as well as staff.
“Warrigal is in a good position to do this: We have recently been announced the National Aged Care Provider of the Year being recognised as a leader in our industry and all of our Warrigal Residential Care Homes in the Illawarra have undergone extensive external auditing successfully achieving reaccreditation status.
“We are well-positioned to grow and expand our network of sites and services in the Illawarra."
“We believe this decision aligns with our values and philosophy and our first steps will be to ensure the well-being of both residents and staff is addressed. “
“The complex accreditation issues are already being addressed and will continue to be worked through with our expert Quality Care Compliance Team located at Albion Park Rail."
“This includes everything from the best and freshest food being served through to customer centred health and wellbeing programs for both staff and residents. It’s an absolute priority for Warrigal”, Mark said.
The process for sale was a competitive one which included a full due-diligence exercise to understand the service and ensuring it was a good fit for Warrigal. It’s a win for the Illawarra as local operator Warrigal will now have over 1000 employees in an ever-growing sector. As part of the transition, Warrigal is now working closely with the Christadelphian Homes management team to ensure a seamless transition for customers and staff.
“All the staff will be offered to keep their jobs under their current arrangements so that residents continue to receive the care and support they require from people they know”, Mark said.
Christadelphian Homes CEO, Ross Peden, said when making the difficult decision to transition the Home to new ownership, they looked to organisations with a similar mission and values so as to continue the commitment to the highest standard of care and community expected by all residents and families.
“I am confident that residents, staff, volunteers and families will continue to receive the care, dignity and respect they deserve from the new management team,” he said.
"We have seen the commitment of staff and volunteers, and have been priviledged to meet so many residents and share in their wisdom and friendships.
"I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers for their hard work, strength and compassion over the last eight years."