WHAT is the future of Lithgow Aged Care?
That's the question that's been circulating throughout the community for weeks and after Tuesday nights (March 16) meeting, there may be more questions to come.
The Board of Lithgow Aged Care has elected to put the nursing home facility into voluntary administration.
So what happens now?
The Board has appointed Ernst & Young (EY) as administrators to address and attempt to resolve the company's immediate concerns.
EY issued a statement on Tuesday evening outlining their role and course of action.
"The role of the administrators will be to ensure that residents receive appropriate care, access whether the facility could be sold as a going concern or in the absence of a viable transaction, work with residents, the statutory authorities and alternate providers to ensure an orderly relocation of residents from the facility," it read.
"Residents and their families are being contacted by EY to advise of the appointment details. EY is liaising with the Department of Health, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and other industry bodies in relation to residents' needs," the statement read.
EY also confirmed in their statement that arrangements were in place to ensure staff wages and money owed to residents in respect of Residential Accommodation Deposits and Bonds will be provided for.
The administrators also stated they have engaged specialist aged care experts to work with individual residents and their families.
"This is to ensure that adequate resources are available to residents and their families during this difficult period."
According to the statement, a number of parties have expressed interest in Lithgow Aged Care and the administrators will explore all options.
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