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Baptistcare acquires new aged care services in WA

Western Australia (WA) aged care provider, Baptistcare WA, has acquired two residential facilities, two retirement villages, a day respite centre and home care services from Global Care Group in the Swan and York communities of WA.

Board Chair of Baptistcare WA, Garry McGrechan, and Board Chair of Global Care, Joe Marino. [Source: Supplied]

BaptistCare will assume ownership and management of these aged care facilities and services from 1 July, 2020.

Until mid-July, the provider will be working with Global Care to transition the facilities and services over so the residents, retirees and clients, as well as employees, have a clean shift to the new management.

Russell Bricknell, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Baptistcare, says this announcement is a huge milestone for the provider, which has been transitioning out of disability services since 2018 and focussing on the delivery of aged care services to older Australians.

"Since then we have embarked on a program of growth and innovation across the entire organisation including acquisitions and new projects to enable older Western Australians to remain in their communities as they age which we believe is vitally important," says Mr Bricknell.

"This agreement allows us to extend this philosophy to the Swan and York catchment areas which both have rapidly aging populations and residents who don’t want to move away from the cities and towns they love simply because they need additional care or support.

"We’re delighted to be welcoming Global Care employees and volunteers to the Baptistcare team which means residents and clients will continue to be surrounded by familiar faces and people who know them as individuals."

CEO of Global Care, Krystal Laurentsch, says the needs of local seniors in the City of Swan and the Wheatbelt has always been driving force behind the organisation.

“It led to the Board’s decision to transition our facilities and services to a specialist aged care provider that is a leader in what has become a highly complex sector,” says Ms Laurentsch.

"We are pleased that the local communities we serve will continue to benefit from a holistic and individualised approach to care and support, and the expertise for which Baptistcare is renowned."

This new announcement comes after Baptistcare recently purchased a 6.7 hectare site in Byford, which will be used to create an aging in place hub in Serpentine Jarrahdale, and acquired the Kalkarni residential aged care facility in the Wheatbelt town of Brookton.

Mr Bricknell says, "When the transition is complete on 1 July, we will have a 1500 strong workforce, a network of more than 300 volunteers and we will be delivering care and services through 12 residential facilities and 12 retirement villages.

"It is another step towards achieving our Vision of enabling a meaningful life for more West Australians by understanding what matters most to our residents and customers, and ensuring we deliver on this commitment every day."

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