We were delighted that so many of you joined us for our AGM in May. At the AGM General Manager, Kevin Clark presented our exciting plans for the future. The plans address the need to become more financially sustainable in the future and to improve the quality of our buildings. A national report from the Ministry of Health identifies that small rural age care facilities are running at losses due to not being able to maximise cost efficiencies in the way that larger facilities can. Our own model mirrors these findings so to become financially viable we need to increase our number of beds.
This is where our exciting vision comes in… After listening to your views on age care in our community we have developed a plan to go forward. We want to build a facility that enables our elderly to remain in our care throughout their old age. It’s called a continuum of care, residents can start their journey with us in assisted living units, then rest home, dementia units and hospital beds. This way our residents don’t need to move when their needs change, it’s much less stressful for whānau and for the resident, they get to keep those all important social connections and trust bonds with staff and other residents. Our plans will see us building in stages to make sure none of our existing residents need to move. So that’s the big idea and the team are working hard to put together business plans and strategies to make it happen.