Baptist group to run Coraki aged care

LOCAL non-profit care provider Baptist Community Services has been chosen as the successful applicant to operate the Mid-Richmond Residents Village at Coraki.

Mid-Richmond Residents Village and its staff will be welcomed into the BCS group officially from July 1.

Earlier this month, as reported in The Northern Star, the Federal Government rejected a bid by the Mid-Richmond Residents Village Committee to take over the aged care centre when Richmond Valley Council gives up control of the facility.

The bid by the committee of management was denied on the grounds its cash reserves were too small.

Committee spokesman Graham Smith said the committee was disappointed the Government had rejected its bid, but saw BCS as the next-best option because the Baptist group shared many of the committee’s values and members had been in negotiations with BCS to ensure a voice in the way the facility was run.

BCS Northern Rivers area manager Peter Crane met residents and staff from Mid-Richmond Residents Village recently to discuss an adapted name for the facility that will include it in current BCS naming protocols.

Mr Crane also met staff to make new employment offers to all staff members, enabling them to transfer to BCS.

BCS operates a range of care services for the aged and people living with disabilities in the Northern Rivers region, including the BCS Maranoa aged care centres in Alstonville and Lismore.

BCS will be also establishing a local advisory group for the village, including stakeholders and interested community members.

The Mid-Richmond Residents Village offers 45 low care, aging-in-place beds, including dementia specific beds, and is currently operated by the Richmond Valley Council.



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