AdventCare Yarra Ranges, a Seventh-day Adventist aged care facility in Warburton, Victoria, is set to close at the end of the year.
I can confidently say that no stone has been left unturned and we have undertaken a thorough assessment of every possibility. I share your anguish that we found no viable option.
The decision was announced on Wednesday, bringing to an end eight years of viability studies. In 2008, auditors found that the building and rooms at the 51-bed facility were non-compliant. In 2009, AdventCare Victoria purchased a facility at Yarra Junction, with the thought of relocating the facility. This plan fell through and the Yarra Junction site was sold in 2013. An independent review of the Warburton site made 125 recommendations and called for a viable business plan to be developed. After consulting with the Warburton church and the community, the decision was made to close the facility.
“I can confidently say that no stone has been left unturned and we have undertaken a thorough assessment of every possibility,” said Pastor Graeme Christian, president of the Victorian Conference in a brochure made available to the public. He also assured the residents and their families that the facility would not close until all 28 residents have found suitable accommodation.
A demographic study showed that there was an oversupply of aged care beds in the Yarra Valley region and there would be no additional demand until after 2025. Also the Australian Federal Government has cut funding to aged care, which will affect the Yarra Ranges site.
According to Mountain Views Mail, the residents and church members of Warburton were quite upset at the news and 50 local jobs will be lost. Some claim they will lobby to keep the facility open.
“I share your anguish that we found no viable option,” said Pastor Christian. “In the meantime, AdventCare will work with the Warburton church to find a use for the building which continues to make a positive contribution to the community.”