Hammond announces merger

Hammond Care will take on three more facilities when it merges with Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Care Association next month.

Hornsby Kur-ring-gai Care Association (HKCA) will merge with Hammond Care early next month.

The two organisations have partnered since 2001 to deliver community care in Sydney’s northern subursbs and these services will continue under the umbrella of Hammond Care.

HKCA’s three residential aged care facilities with a total of 150, residents will become part of Hammond Care.

Hammond Care is the largest provider of dementia-specific residential services in Australia, and the fifth largest provider of community services in NSW.

HKCA opened its first nursing home in 1978 and in 1995, it built a dementia specific facility modeled on Hammond Care’s ‘The Meadows’ facility at Hammondville

Hammond Care CEO, Stephen Judd, described the merger as a real positive for the existing HKCA residents and the local community.

“Very often, community organisations make these decisions when they are going down the mine but with HKCA this is absolutely not the case,” he said.

“The benefit of this merger is that by coming together, we can provide resources at the governance level and we have got the balance sheet to help them as much as possible to continue doing what they are currently doing.”

“Where we can support them is in the areas of quality, learning and development and people services – all the areas that we increasingly have to pay attention to and which can be very hard for a smaller organisation to do those things on their own.”

A statement released by Hammond Care said the merger will not disrupt the continuity of care provided to HKCA residents.

HKCA General Manager, Karen Jordan, and her team will continue to operate the HKCA residential services.

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