Mitchell House joins Respect

Respect acquires independent provider Mitchell House.

Independent aged care provider Mitchell House in Gippsland Victoria has amalgamated with Respect Aged Care Group.

Based in Morwell – a small town in the Latrobe Valley – Mitchell House is the 15th site to join Respect’s portfolio of aged care facilities. It accompanies six others in Victoria including Tongala Memorial, Cohuna Village, Alcheringa in Swan Hill and St John’s in Wangaratta.

Mitchell House board chair Dave Swainsbury said the aged care reforms and current market forces necessitated the need for support in governance and streamlining processes.

“As a stand-alone, independent and small aged care service it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet operational requirements which has hindered our ability to keep up with the ever-changing industry environment,” said Mr Swainsbury.

As well as a residential facility, Mitchell House comprises of a hostel and independent living units. “We believe that a larger scale organisation like Respect can bring the support and funding necessary to continue the excellent quality of care that we provide to the Morwell community through Mitchell House,” said Mr Swainsbury.

He added that the board and management would ensure that the transfer would not adversely impact the residents who live at Mitchell House. “Our number one priority is to ensure our residents continue to receive the highest quality of care in the best possible accommodation.”

Jason Binder

Respect Aged Care Group managing director Jason Binder said the challenges facing the aged care industry meant smaller facilities such as Mitchell House are struggling to stay on top of the requirements placed on them.

“As a large provider of aged care facilities we have the resources and the expertise to survive the industry pressures,” said Mr Binder. “Our mission has always been to care for the elderly in our communities in an environment of respect, value and belonging, and we are looking forward to building on and extending this philosophy of compassionate care at Mitchell House.”

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