New residential aged care era at Caulfield Hospital


Alfred Health announced today it has reached a landmark agreement for HammondCare to provide residential aged care services and build a new $30 million residential aged care village at Caulfield Hospital.

Alfred Health's Chief Executive, Associate Professor Andrew Way said the agreement signals a new, sustainable era for quality residential care at Caulfield Hospital.

"This announcement follows a comprehensive selection process conducted over the past 10 months," A/Prof Way said.

"Caulfield Hospital's residential aged care facilities and infrastructure are ageing and soon will be no longer fit for purpose. The agreement with HammondCare aims to create a blueprint for the future of residential aged care services at Caulfield for the next three to four decades.

"We believe this decision will benefit residents and the local community alike - its purpose is to provide excellent care supported through a residential aged care village designed for the future."

HammondCare's Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Judd, said the organisation looked forward to collaborating with Alfred Health to support people's aged care needs, including those with complex care requirements.

"There's a strong match of values and standards between our two organisations. We are passionate about improving the quality of life for people in need regardless of their circumstances," Dr Judd said.

HammondCare operate extensive residential and sub-acute services in NSW, caring for more than 3,000 people every day. They are also leaders in dementia care, providing numerous services such as their international Dementia Centre and Dementia Research Program.

"HammondCare were an outstanding candidate for this partnership, demonstrating they could deliver on the priorities that had been set following consultation with our resident community," said A/Prof Way.  "HammondCare have a proven track record for providing quality care to people with complex needs, including mental health."

As a result of this agreement, it is intended that HammondCare will:

  • acquire 150 residential aged care places at Caulfield Hospital
  • provide day-to-day residential care services on site
  • recruit for 139 new jobs including 26 registered nurses and up to 100 specialised and dementia carers (Alfred Health intends to retain and redeploy their residential aged care employees)
  • develop a $30-million new purpose-built residential aged care village over the next three to four years.

Alfred Health will hold meetings in coming weeks to introduce residents and their families to HammondCare and discuss the steps for a smooth transition, which will take place from March 2015.

The transfer of services from Alfred Health to HammondCare is subject to the approval of the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, while the development of the new village is dependent on successfully obtaining planning and other statutory approvals.

For background on HammonCare and the proposed $30m residential care village.