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Kalimna Hostel update

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

Kalimna Hostel in Strathalbyn, a 24‑bed aged care facility managed by Country Health SA, will soon no longer operate as a home for elderly residents.

The decision to move residents to alternative accommodation is based on advice from the Country Fire Service and engineering reports, which indicate that the facility does not meet current safety standards required for the provision of aged care, without significant structural changes.

Regional Director for the Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu Debbie Martin said that senior Country Health SA staff have met with the 15 residents currently living at Kalimna to discuss their options.

“Country Health SA is working with Kalimna Hostel residents and their families to ensure they are placed in suitable accommodation that best meets their needs,” Ms Martin said.

“The cost of relocating residents will be borne by Country Health SA, which will also provide any assistance required with moving.

“While the determination has been made, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has not deemed Kalimna’s status to be critical and has allowed a transition period so that each resident can assess their options.

“The safety of our residents is our highest priority and we are working with them to relocate to other suitable aged care facilities.

“Country Health has a number of facilities that residents can consider, including in Strathalbyn, Gumeracha, Mount Pleasant or Mannum.”

Strathalbyn Hospital and the 56‑bed aged care facility adjoining the hospital will remain open and there are no changes to hospital services, care or staffing.

Ms Martin said there will be a transition period where each resident will be able to assess their options and sufficient time will be available to cater for each resident’s requirements.

“Country Health SA will take all necessary steps to ensure that suitable alternative accommodation is available and that no resident will be financially disadvantaged,” Ms Martin said.

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