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City of Rockingham sells aged care facility

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An aged-care facility owned by the City of Rockingham for the past 16 years has been sold to aged-care provider the Bethanie Group.

Bert England Lodge is a residential aged-care facility with capacity for 44 residents.

Rockingham councillors decided to sell the facility in 2019 due to the complexity associated with delivering aged-care services.

The Bethanie Group took over management of the facility in July 2021 as the city’s approved provider and the two parties have now reached an agreement for the sale.

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Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin said the ongoing care and wellbeing of the Lodge’s residents and staff was vital in selecting Bethanie as the preferred purchaser.

“Bethanie . . . has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing quality, individualised care to residents, as well as support and ongoing training to staff,” Ms Hamblin said.

“The city is immensely proud of the reputation that Bert England Lodge holds in the community and is confident that Bethanie can continue to provide a high level of care and support to both its residents and staff.”

The Bethanie Group said in a statement that all existing agreements with residents would be maintained.

“The purchase provides long-term certainty of tenure and employment for both residents and staff,” it said.

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The sale is expected to be complete on August 4.

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