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.”