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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017
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Aged care closure
In a snap
Strathalbyn’s Kalimna Hostel is a victim of
our changing times.
Built in the early 1980s, it was ideal for
the aged care needs of seniors over three
Back then those moving into the hostel
were younger, fitter and more active.
Several still drove themselves around.
Now those needs have changed – the
elderly have much better in-home care
options, meaning they can stay in their
own home much longer.
But that also means by the time they
move into aged care, they require greater
Building and safety standards have also
changed over the past 30 years.
To meet current standards, aged care
homes need to accommodate the removal
of residents on a wheeled bed in case of
emergency such as a fire.
Kalimna Hostel does not meet that
requirement and, engineers believe, it
cannot be refurbished to fit the standard,
meaning Country Health SA has no choice
but to close the facility.
That decision no doubt will come as a
blow to the 15 residents who call the site
They now face uncertain futures as they
and their families look to find a new home
either in the aged care facility next to the
town’s hospital or in other homes in the
Country Health SA has committed to
minimising that upheaval by working
with residents to make their transition as
smooth as possible.
Once the doors of the hostel close,
Strathalbyn faces another uncertainty –
what will happen to the facility itself.
With an increasing aging population, the
loss of a 24-bed aged care home will be
acutely felt in the local community.
While Country Health SA plans to retain
the licenses for those 24 beds, whether it
will establish a new facility on the site or in
another part of the town remains unknown.
The hostel location is ideally suited
to aged care, with its close proximity to
the hospital and supporting health care
If the State Government does not have
the funds to redevelop the site, perhaps it
could entice a private aged care operator
to build a similar facility on the land.
It would be a shame to see the site lost to
housing or commercial development.
Aged care change
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