FILE PHOTO: Yallambee Aged Care held its AGM recently.
FILE PHOTO: Yallambee Aged Care held its AGM recently.

Yallambee’s future to be decided within months

THE days of Millmerran Centenary Retirement Village being a community-owned aged care facility could be numbered, as the board continues its confidential negotiations with a large aged care provider for the takeover of the facility.

Addressing the recent MCRV annual general meeting, president John Rogers said over the last three years his board had tried to make the community aware of the difficult environment the organisation was working in.

"Nothing has changed," he said.

"I detailed very clearly last year in this same forum our concerns about the long-term prospects of our community being able to provide skilled and dedicated boards of management to oversee the operations of a multimillion-dollar business with potentially 60 elderly residents and over 60 staff."

Mr Rogers reaffirmed the board's commitment to the proposed change to ownership, saying an investigation into the organisation's options was ongoing and a motion would be placed in front of financial members of the MCRV - also known as Yallambee Aged Care - in the coming months.

The recent AGM also heard that the organisation was in a "financially robust position".

"We have just completed a near $7 million expansion and full refurbishment project and we are essentially debt free," Mr Rogers said, referring to the opening of the new 16 bed Bringalily Lodge.

The expansion brings Yallambee's bed numbers to 60.

The facility's situation was a far cry from September 2015's financial position of $1.243m in accumulated debt, Mr Rogers said.

A recent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission accreditation audit re-accredited Yallambee for one year, instead of the maximum three years, Mr Rogers told the meeting.

He said that although Yallambee had largely met the care and welfare requirements and standards - with the exception of one minor area of clinical care - the commission had "raised the bar significantly" with regards to human resource management and governance.

"We have been asked to produce a plan for continuous improvement which must demonstrate that we are capable of meeting all the requirements of these two standards before we can reapply for full three-year accreditation status."



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