After purchasing an aged care facility in Eden six months ago, Uniting management has announced the transition is now complete.
The facility was one of four homes across southern NSW purchased by Uniting from Bupa in October last year.
Alluding to the COVID pandemic, Uniting’s director of ageing Saviour Buhagiar said: “I can’t thank staff enough for the way they handled the change to Uniting and maintained the standard of care they have provided to residents during a time of exceptional and testing circumstances.”
Extending Uniting’s reach to the coastal town of Eden allows the not-for-profit provider to “further build bonds with the community,” said Mr Buhagiar.
Uniting’s acquisition of the four Bupa facilities – the others are located in Berry, Griffith and Tumut – is part of a 10-year strategy “to support regional communities and strengthen the quality and sustainability of aged care provided,” he added.
Resident Ben Van-Zyl said there had been a lot of investment in the Eden home since Uniting took over “including all new furniture for dining and lounge rooms, as well as outdoors.”
Valerie Hole, another Uniting Eden resident, said most people at the facility are from the area. “So we more than likely know each other and you will often find us congregating in the activities room or in one of the lounges having a cuppa and chatting with the lovely staff,” she said.
Uniting Eden service manager Fiona Burns said the care model offered by the provider enabled staff to make a deep and lasting connection with the clients. “It’s the perfect mix of community and privacy for the residents,” she said.
Main image: a member of staff with a resident at Uniting Eden