PresCare to take over M'boro's Yaralla Place in October

MARYBOROUGH'S Yaralla Place Aged Care Facility has been sold to PresCare, the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service announced on Tuesday.

WBHHS said the sale was expected to take effect in late October subject to approval by the Department of Health and Ageing and the sale price was confidential.

The board said 71 staff at the centre had been offered packages, including voluntary redundancies as an option, and more had asked to be transferred within WBHHS.

PresCare is a not-for-profit ministry of the Presbyterian Church and has operated Maryborough's Groundwater Lodge Aged Care Facility for the past 30 years.

Health service board deputy chair Barb Hovard said it was a win for Maryborough and the Fraser Coast that a local aged-care provider would continue operating Yaralla Place.

"PresCare has a great reputation locally and the board and the health service knows that residents will receive the highest-quality care," she said.

"The sale of Yaralla Place was first floated in January and we would like to thank the staff and all the residents, their families and carers who were so involved in the process. "

Mrs Hovard said WBHHS and PresCare would work together during the transition period to ensure the residents of Yaralla Place had continuity of care.

PresCare chief executive Greg Skelton said the organisation intended to spend more than $1 million upgrading facilities at Yaralla Place and PresCare's Groundwater Lodge as part of the transition process.

"PresCare has been caring for older Queenslanders for more than 80 years and we are pleased to extend our commitment in the Maryborough and Fraser Coast communities," he said.

"Yaralla Place's 96-bed facility will add to our existing 60-bed facility at Granville, our $3.8 million affordable housing program under the National Rental Affordability Scheme and the community care packages we already offer locally."

Mr Skelton said under the terms of the agreement between WBHHS and PresCare there would be no change to fees or arrangements for existing residents.

Mrs Hovard said Yaralla Place's 71 full and part-time staff will be offered a package by WBHHS which will include voluntary redundancy as one of its options.

Mr Skelton said PresCare would conduct a significant local recruitment program for new staff.

"We hope that many of the existing staff members will reapply once the terms of their redundancies have been met," he said.