Rest home lacks funds
Residents of an Invercargill rest home have to move out because there is not enough money to keep it open, the home's owners say.
Renich Rest Home residents and their families were told last week they had three months to find new accommodation.
The home is owned by the Takitimu Home Anglican Care Trust.
Trust chairman Rod Jordan said yesterday the board had great empathy for the residents but the money was simply not there to continue operating. “Unfortunately, the reality is rest home care receives the least amount of funding in comparison to higher level aged-care facilities which have dementia or hospital wards.”
The 11 residents would be well-supported through the transition to new care facilities, Mr Jordan said. “This is a very difficult time for everyone involved, including residents and staff, and it was certainly not a decision the trust made lightly."
The trust purchased Renich in 2006 with the intention of selling its Takitimu facility and investing in a new rest home on the Renich site, Mr Jordan said. However, the trust was unable to sell the Takitimu site so had opted to develop the Takitimu property instead. email@example.com
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