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Aged care crisis

Strathalbyn is facing an aged care crisis with elderly residents being forced to use the town’s hospital for respite and longer stays while waiting for permanent care due to a lack of nursing home beds.
The closure of the Kalimna Hostel in February and the loss of its 24 high care beds is stretching the town’s aged care services and stressing families and carers who are spending more time caring for loved ones because they cannot access enough support.
The Kalimna Working Group, an independent body set up to investigate the closure of the hostel and recommend options for improving aged care in the town, says a new aged care facility is urgently needed.
It is calling on Country Health SA to build a 36-bed high care nursing home to replace the beds lost when Kalimna closed and to provide for future demand for residential aged care. The group’s final report, which has been endorsed by the Hills Area Health Advisory Council (HAHAC), also requests Country Health SA redevelop the Kalimna building as a hub for community support programs that help aged residents stay in their own homes as long as possible.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Massive message: An illegal sign is the “only way” a Strathalbyn developer says he can get his message across in his stoush with the Alexandrina Council.
  • Satellite shop: Strathalbyn traders and investors have thrown their support behind the local council in its bid to keep retail development in the heart of the town.
  • Wet summer: The local CFS is warning Hills residents not to become complacent this fire season, with fire risk no lower than usual despite reports of a wetter summer.
  • Citizenship rethink: The Member for Mayo is hoping the Government will rethink its approach to resolving Canberra’s citizenship crisis, saying she would be happy to be referred to the High Court as part of a bi-partisan approach.

 


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