Respect Aged Care secures Woodhaven’s future
31 July 20
The long-term future of Woodhaven aged care facility in Lockhart NSW has been secured, with Respect taking over the operation, allowing it to grow and thrive under the management of a larger, specialist organisation. Respect will also proceed with a $4 million new development at the facility, which will increase its capacity from 23 to 32 rooms, ensuring the service’s long-term viability.
John Fox, Chair of Woodhaven said the board were delighted Respect would be continuing the service in the Lockhart community. “The Board and management of Woodhaven fully support the transfer to an organisation that has a strong reputation for care and compassion, and significant experience in delivering quality care in rural and regional areas,” Mr Fox said. “Being part of a larger organisation with greater capacity to invest in systems, staffing and facilities will mean stronger aged care services for Woodhaven and its surrounding regions.”
Respect Managing Director, Jason Binder, said it would be a seamless transition for existing residents at Woodhaven, with a strong commitment by all staff to ensure consistent quality care. “We are delighted to be able to provide security to the Lockhart community by ensuring Woodhaven can continue to provide great care as well as allowing for positive development at the facility into the future,” Mr Binder said.
“I would like to thank the Australian Government, especially Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, and Minister for Aged Care, Richard Colbeck, for their tremendous efforts in securing the one-off funding needed to transition Woodhaven to Respect, and ultimately keeping the home open into the long-term future for the Lockhart community.”
“We have also seen tremendous efforts from the Lockhart Shire Council who have been willing to work with and support Respect’s transition, and those talks remain open. The Lockhart community can be assured the council have assisted and been 100% supportive of Woodhaven remaining open.”
The addition of Woodhaven marks the first step of Respect Aged Care’s expansion into New South Wales, and brings the organisations total number of homes to 12 with more than 1,200 residents and 1,400 employees now spanning 3 states.