A devastating blow for Harden aged care facility
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.