RSL LifeCare informed the 24 residents of Roy Wotton Gardens aged care facility in Eden on the NSW South Coast it is considering closing the home in a letter sent last Friday.
Subsequently RSL LifeCare told The Weekly Source it is “embarking on a detailed consultation period with residents and their families about the best way to meet their needs and where the most appropriate location to do so is.”
“That may involve moving to a home nearby that has more fit-for-purpose facilities that would improve their quality of life,” said a spokesperson.
“Roy Wotton Gardens opened almost 30 years ago as a home for older Australians with lower-care needs. However, as a result of changing community needs, it houses 24 residents today with mostly high-care needs.“
“For example, the rooms were not originally designed for the use of mobility aids like wheelchairs and lifting machines to assist care staff move residents in and out of bed. In addition, the home has no onsite laundry.“
Capacity for Roy Wotton Gardens is 28 residents. Formerly known as Nullica Lodge, residents’ accommodation comprises single rooms with ensuites and communal rooms for planned daily activities, socials and dining.
“In the last 10 years, older Australians have increasingly chosen to remain in their own homes for as long as possible before moving into communal aged care facilities with 24-hour high-level care. This has been a deliberate policy of government, and an increasingly popular choice for older Australians,” said the RSL LifeCare spokesperson.