Lithgow Aged Care goes into voluntary administration after losing accreditation

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The Lithgow Aged Care Home, 140km west of Sydney, which houses 73 residents and employs more than 120 staff, has gone into voluntary administration after losing its accreditation by failing to meet 38 of 42 industry standards.

We reported here that the aged care home appealed the ruling, which leaves residents with the prospect of finding a new home.

Ernst & Young have been hired to oversee and address solvency concerns and make sure residents receive the correct care while assessing the possibility of selling the home to another provider.

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission imposed sanctions on 18 December after identifying there was an “immediate and severe risk to the safety, health, or well-being of residents”.

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson told ABC News she felt the home “could not demonstrate the capacity to rectify the non-compliances”.

It’s being reported the aged care home’s residents’ closest options for other accommodation are Western Sydney or nearby Bathurst.

L.A.C Chairman Stephen Lesslie said late last year the ‘trauma’ of the decision would be ‘devastating’ for everyone involved.