Community-run aged care is now unsustainable, says departing provider

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For more than 50 years, Cooinda Aged Care Centre in Gympie, 171km north of Brisbane’s CBD, has been owned and managed by the community.

Now Lutheran Services Queensland, which provides care throughout the aged care sector in the State, will take over the facility, which is built on 10ha of land and opened in 1965.

Cooinda board chairman Paul Medway said legislative changes and accreditation requirements made the centre’s traditional model of being administered by a committee of community-minded business people and retired professionals unsustainable.

“Ongoing industry legislative changes and the challenges these changes present requires a proven, committed, specialist organisation to administer,” Mr Medway said.

“The change of ownership will secure the future of the facility.”

Lutheran Services Queensland was selected by the aged care centre’s committee after expressions of interest were sought from a number of leading providers. The centre had a $13.2 million extension opened in June 2019.

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