A devastating blow for Harden aged care facility

An article from the Catholic Voice, December 2011 edition shows Archbishop Coleridge leading an ecumenical group of clergy as he blesses the new St Lawerence Apartments.

Residents of an aged care facility at Harden in south-western NSW have been dealt a devastating blow with a decision by Southern Cross Care to close the St Lawrence home.

Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) says the demand for aged care beds at St Lawrence has been below the industry average over the past three years.

There was also an industry-wide shortage of skilled health professionals and aged care staff in regional areas.

About 35 residents are expected to be affected by the closure which is likely to take place within two months.

Southern Cross Care has indicated it will focus on the aged care homes it runs at neighbouring towns Young and Cootamundra.

It says it is working with residents and their families to identify alternative accommodation.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge opened the St Lawrence Apartments at an ecumenical gathering on the 5th November 2011.

  • Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) is a not-for-profit organisation delivering services to older people. It was founded in 1970 by the Knights of the Southern Cross, a group of Catholic laymen dedicated to improving the lives of the community, in particular that of older people.
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  • Joan Brumby 3 years

    I am saddened to hear of the closure of this facility, I have a a very dear friend , a parish priest who came to our parish in 1968, and finally settled in the Harden township, living independently and moving into your care home some time ago due to being unable to manage by himself. I trust that he and the residents are cared for with consideration and a total understanding of their own needs.iI is so sad that these facilities can only be run if they are making profit for their management
    I am more than happy to have my name and this comment mentioned.and I pray that your residents are relocated with the dignity that they deserve. Thank you, and Gods Blessings

  • Michelle Skinner 3 years

    Well they have certainly let down a great many of their loyal church going community. I am so dusgusted in Southern Cross, this is not about doing the right thing for the elderly but about destroying families. So many in this community do not have access to public transport, so will not be able to visit other family members. This is just so bloody disgraceful.