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Albert Park Rest Home Closing Doors

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Albert Park Rest Home Closing Doors

It is with deep regret that the directors of Albert Park Residential Care have announced to residents and staff the need to close the 31 bed facility with effect from31 October 2014.

With the advent of two new aged care facilities in the last three years, the number of rest home beds available in Gisborne has increased significantly. This has taken its toll on a number of providers and Albert Park was no exception.

For two years now the owners have provided extensive financial support and looked at every option to continue providing care services for the Gisborne community, including marketing the business as a going concern. This however has not been possible.

The uncertainty surrounding the future of Albert Park has been extremely unsettling for the residents, their families and the staff. Albert Park has been home to several of the remaining 17 residents for many years and the 30 staff continue to provide a wonderful quality of care. Management will support residents and staff in finding placement at other facilities around Gisborne and a quality service will continue until the last resident has left.

Tairawhiti District Health wishes to acknowledge the enormous contribution of Albert Park staff and management to the community over the years, says Virginia Brind group manager Planning and Funding
“Tairawhiti District Health and Albert Park are working together to ensure the placement of residents to other facilities is a smooth transition.”

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