PresCare chief executive pens letter to Lake Sherrin residents confirming closure of residential aged care facility, but independent living units to stay

THORNLAND'S Lake Sherrin residential aged care facility will be decommissioned in November as part of the property's sale, owners PresCare have confirmed.

SELL UP: PresCare's Lake Sherrin residential aged care facility will be no longer as of November 17.

SELL UP: PresCare's Lake Sherrin residential aged care facility will be no longer as of November 17.

The Queensland-based not-for-profit revealed in August that it would be pulling out of residential aged care and selling seven sites across the state, including the 48-bed facility on Boundary Road.

Chief executive Wayne Knapp has written to residents, confirming that its residential aged care facility would close on November 17, while the independent living units would operate as normal during the transfer.

"This means that residents of the ILUs can remain in place, however, residents of the RACF will relocate through a safe and supported transfer to a new home," the letter said.

"The security of tenure provision in the Aged Care Act 1997 permits PresCare to transfer residents on closure of the facility to another facility of the resident's choice that meets the resident's long-term care needs and is affordable to the resident."

Most residents are being transferred to PresCare's 154-bed residential facility at Carina, which shares the same management team as Lake Sherrin.

A statement issued by PresCare to the Redland City Bulletin said accommodation rates would remain the same for those moving to the new premises.

"Under the sale agreement, the Lake Sherrin residential aged care facility will cease to operate on 17 November and be vacated by then," the statement said.

"PresCare is now working with residents of Lake Sherrin ... and their families to relocate them to alternative accommodation nearby that is both affordable and meets their long-term care needs."

The 105 independent living units located on the Lake Sherrin property would not be affected by the sale and would operate as normal following settlement.

"The purchaser intends to continue operating the independent living units at Lake Sherrin, and these residents are unaffected by the sale," the statement said.

PresCare's decision to withdraw from residential aged care comes on the back of a $12.6 million loss last year.

"The decision to sell Lake Sherrin is based on the funding requirements of aged care and PresCare's relative lack of scale," the statement said.

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