Kindred Living still to house 10 residents after closing aged care home in Whyalla, SA

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Kindred Living, the Not For Profit organisation founded as Whyalla Senior Citizens Welfare Association in 1968, is still supporting 16 residents at its Annie Lockwood Court facility in the South Australian town of Whyalla, after closing it last Friday.

The decision to close the 50-bed Annie Lockwood, which was officially opened on 17 November 1990, came on 30 July when the board said it had to close for safety reasons due to staff shortages, in particular its inability to employ Registered Nurses.

21 residents were moved out, with all but six able to stay in Whyalla, the fourth most populous town in the State. Of the 16 remaining residents, six have confirmed places elsewhere in Whyalla and are expect to move in coming weeks.

However, 10 residents have not found alternative accommodation and Kindred Living will continue to care for them until alternative accommodation is found.

Kindred Living, which also operates the 42-bed Copperhouse Court and 58-bed Yeltana Nursing Home in Whyalla, operates 11 retirement living units located between Annie Lockwood Court and Yeltana Nursing Home. It is looking to get out of the sector.

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