Aged Care Services Australia Group will take over Mirboo North Community Care’s (MMNC) two residential aged care facilities in southwest Gippsland.

The MMNC board announced the decision on Tuesday, saying it could no longer afford to operate as a stand-alone business.

The community not-for-profit organisation has been providing care for 75 years and in that time, it has evolved from a District Bush Nursing Hospital to a residential aged care provider.

Aged Care Services Australia Group operates 33 residential aged care facilities across three states: Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Dennis Boyd from Mirboo North Community Care said the board would no longer operate the Grandridge Lodge and the Strezlecki House, but it is planning a broader community role in the area.

“There’s been substantial pressure from the industry association, which Government really haven’t picked up upon, and its now really got to the position where smaller stand-alone community organisations are just no longer been able to survive without being part of something bigger,” Mr Boyd told ABC radio.

“Its probably a trend that’s been happening for a number of years, but it’s certainly hit the organisation at Mirboo North fairly hard,” he said.

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