Over the past few years Woodlands has faced challenges with bushfire and storm risks and, at times, an unreliable energy supply. After a comprehensive review of the facility it is clear that an extensive redevelopment of Woodlands is required to lift safety and emergency management systems to the required level, and upgrade amenities to the standards expected in residential aged care accommodation today.
Unfortunately, recent changes to the requirements of aged care facilities in bushfire-prone areas mean that any redevelopment of Woodlands is unlikely to be approved. As we will not compromise on the safety and health of our residents, we are left with no option but to propose the closure of Woodlands Residential Care Service from 1 October 2019.
Fresh Hope Care Executive General Manager, Lynn Bailey said, “We are working with all residents and families to identify alternative accommodation arrangements suited to their unique needs and circumstances. These may be within other Fresh Hope Care facilities or with other providers. There are a range of aged accommodation options in the Cherrybrook area and we are confident all residents will be able to be relocated.”
Fresh Hope Care has decided to close our services in Home Care including Private Services. Going forward, we will focus and consolidate our aged care operations through our Retirement Villages, Residential Care Services and Day Respite sites.
We are aware that the current Australian market has stimulated many providers of Home Care services. The strong growth in this sector has prompted us to re-examine how and where Fresh Hope Care can most benefit aged care consumers and their families within communities.
We have enlisted the expertise of Bolton Clarke to support our home care consumers. They will provide options, both short or long term to our consumers, while they are considering their future care options. Bolton Clarke will also assist our home care staff with available employment options within their organisation.
Bolton Clarke is a not-for-profit provider, and one of Australia’s most respected organisations – previously known as RDNS (the Royal District Nursing Service), and Lynn Bailey, Executive General Manager of Fresh Hope Care said she is “… very confident Bolton Clarke’s experience and quality of service will meet both our consumers’ expectations and ours.
For further information please contact our Fresh Hope Care Customer Service Team on 1800 005 484.
Fresh Hope Care’s annual Excellence in Service Awards were celebrated at Oatlands House on Friday, November 2, 2018. Guests enjoyed canapes overlooking the golf course, followed by a delicious sit-down lunch and dessert. Thirteen employees and three volunteers were recognised for their invaluable service and provision of high quality care.
On Tuesday 7th August, Fresh Hope celebrated 18 volunteers graduating as “Pastoral Carers” from the inaugural Spiritual Care Series. The evening was well attended by representatives from Fresh Hope Care and Fresh Hope Mission & Ministry, including board members, managers, chaplains and staff.
Living Care The Glen recently hosted a twilight fete to bring the community together and show off the wonderful crafts made by the residents. There was a little bit of rain, but it didn’t dampen the atmosphere at all. Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed dancing to the entertainment acts, catching up with family and friends, and shopping for Christmas gifts.
Living Care’s 2017 Excellence In Service Awards were held on Friday 17th November at the Waterview in Bicentennial Park. Guests enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, and volunteers and employees were recognised for their outstanding contribution to Living Care. Read more…