A national expression of interest process is now underway aimed at identifying a leading specialist aged care organisation to take over ownership and operation of residential aged care homes, currently operated by Snowy Monaro Regional Council.
A national expression of interest process is now underway aimed at identifying a leading specialist aged care organisation to take over ownership and operation of Yallambee Lodge (Cooma) and Snowy River Hostel (Berridale) residential aged care homes, currently operated by Snowy Monaro Regional Council.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Bascomb said the call for expressions of interest, which opened at the end of last week and closes on 25 June, was the first step in a two-stage assessment process.
“At its meeting last week, Council endorsed a set of comprehensive evaluation criteria for the expression of interest process.
“Organisations that meet these stringent criteria may be invited to lodge a formal proposal for Council’s consideration.
“Criteria include a demonstrated track record in delivering quality care, a commitment to retaining existing staff, alignment with council and community values and a capacity to invest in additional care facilities in the region, by developing a new facility to service Jindabyne,” said CEO Peter Bascomb.
To help ensure that the process delivers the best result for the community, residents and staff at the homes, the EOI evaluation panel will include an independent member of Council’s Community Services Advisory Committee.
Organisations taking part in the process are bound by legal safeguards that protect aged care residents when there is a change of ownership.
“Residents have legal security of tenure. Their resident agreements, including the fees set out in them, continue. Residents cannot be asked to pay a new or higher residential accommodation deposit,” said CEO Peter Bascomb.
He noted that Council had engaged leading national advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) to conduct the market sounding process because it believed that a larger, specialist aged care organisation would be in a stronger position to continue to provide the quality care that residents expected and deserved.
“We want to ensure that seniors across our region can continue to access high-quality residential care in their communities, now and into the future,” he said.
Two rounds of meetings with residents, families and staff at the aged care facilities have been held and Council will continue to keep the community informed as the process continues.