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Govt red tape forces Vinnies aged care restructure


Increased regulation of aged care has caused the St Vincent de Paul Society to centralise the administration of the 20 residential aged care services it operates for 930 residents across NSW.

The new structure will provide centralised administrative and management support, freeing staff and committees to spend more time on individual care. Under the plan, former local management committees focus on the social, recreational and pastoral care of residents.

Vice President for Aged Care Ray Reynolds said increasing regulation and issues of occupational health and safety have made the Society's focus on the individual needs of residents more challenging.

"The complexity of the law governing aged care has deemed the restructure as necessary," he said. "But we do thank the management committees for their good work and hope they will remain with the new terms of reference."

The changes include the incorporation of a new subsidiary which from the 1 July will be known as St Vincent de Paul Society Aged and Special Care Services Ltd. The new body will progressively assume responsibility for each service as quickly as possible.

SOURCE
New Vinnies Way For Aged Care (St Vincent de Paul Society 31/5/04)

LINKS
Vinnies NSW/ACT | Aged Care
Growing Old - Who Cares?


32 Jun 2004