Sundale to close outdated Nambour RAC home

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Not For Profit community provider Sundale is decommissioning its 53-room McGowan Care Centre in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.

The aged care home, which is more than 50 years old, will be shuttered on 30 March 2022, as it does not meet accommodation standards and recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

According to Sundale executive Sharon Seymour, the decision reflects Sundale’s commitment to exceed industry benchmarks.

“When the Care Centre was built in the 1970s it was cutting edge; however, by today’s standards, and those outlined in the Australian Aged Care Accreditation Standards, it is no longer fit for purpose.

“Our care recipients deserve innovative and inspired facilities, not ageing, one dimensional buildings,” she said.

The 35 impacted residents will be relocated to three other Sundale facilities in Nambour – James Grimes Care Centre, Bowder Care Centre and Rod Voller Care Centre – with transition plans prioritising the wants and needs of each resident and their family. Sundale says there will be no forced job losses as a result of the closure.