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Posted: 5th February 2019
The following letter was provided to each of the residents at the Glen Eira aged care homes today.
I am writing to you to personally let you know that my colleagues and I have resolved that we intend to sell our three residential aged care facilities — Rosstown Community in Carnegie, Spurway Community in Murrumbeena and Warrawee Nursing Home in Bentleigh East.
I am writing to you regarding ......, a resident at Warrawee to explain why we have made this decision and ask that you share this information with other family members.
This information will be shared with residents individually and in small group meetings this morning from 10am.
You may already be aware that Glen Eira is the only council in Victoria that still operates residential aged care. Since Glen Eira’s first facility opened more than 40 years ago, residential aged care has become more complex and challenging.
We are proud of the quality care we provide, but like other councils before us, believe a sale to a specialist aged care provider is in the best interests of current and future residents. That is because specialist aged care providers are best placed to deliver more personalised aged care with enhanced allied health services and activities.
We understand that this may be a difficult time for families and residents. I want to assure you that Council will only proceed with a sale if we can identify a purchaser that:
The sale process will most likely take between nine and 12 months. I want to reassure you that during this time residents will continue to receive the same quality care they are used to.
Following a sale, the purchaser will be required to ensure a smooth transition for residents and families. All residents will continue to have the same rights, including tenure, which they currently enjoy as part of their resident agreement. I also want to let you know that employees who wish to stay on will have the option to transfer to the new provider, while employees who wish to move on can choose to access their severance or redeployment entitlements.
Council has also provided a counsellor for anyone who might require such a service.
Prior to the sale of any land, Council is required under section 189/223 of the Local Government Act (1989) to publicly advertise its intention to sell the land, and to provide opportunities for submissions to be made by members of the public.
Council will consider all submissions at a Special Council Meeting on 12 March 2019. This will be advertised in The Age on Thursday 7 February.
We believe this is the right and responsible decision for our current and future aged care residents and look forward to keeping you informed during the process.
Cr Jamie Hyams
MAYOR - Glen Eira
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