NSW Vinnies drops aged care

Following a review of its services, Vinnies NSW has decided to pull out of aged care to focus on care of the most marginalised and is transferring the Society's 19 residential aged care homes to Catholic Healthcare.

In a joint statement yesterday, John O'Neill, President of the Society's Trustees Council and Michael Rowan, Chairman of Catholic Healthcare, announced that Catholic Healthcare is to be the new owner of the Society's 19 residential aged and special care services.

The deal also includes co-located independent living units with the exception of Frederic House at Sydney's Waterloo and Village Court Units at Lewisham.

The transfer will take effect from May, affecting over 900 residents, the statement says.

The decision by the Society follows a review of services by the Trustees Council which decided to focus on its core activity of caring for the most marginalised in the community, in particular its homeless services with the launch of Matthew Talbot Homeless Services last year.

Mr O'Neill said, "This move back to our core mission will enable us to redirect our focus into areas of greatest need including people who are homeless, the disabled and people living with a mental illness."

He says that the care and spiritual well-being of Vinnies residents will be in the capable hands of Catholic Healthcare.

Catholic Healthcare Managing Director, Mr Chris Rigby said, "We are delighted to accept responsibility for the stewardship of the Society's aged and special care services.

"We look forward to welcoming and embracing the aged and special care services of the Society into the Catholic Healthcare community."

Vinnies and Catholic Healthcare sought to reassure residents and staff over the transfer saying that it will have no impact on the current delivery of care to residents and all employees will be offered continued employment.

Catholic Healthcare is the largest Catholic not-for-profit provider of residential, acute and community care services in Australia.

The organisation currently operates 19 residential aged care communities, six seniors living communities, provides in-home community care services to more than 2,000 people in their homes and runs three district hospitals.

Catholic Healthcare to continue the aged care ministry of the St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies NSW Media Release, 20/3/07)

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21 Mar 2007