New Plymouth’s Mission Rest Home is focusing on supporting residents, families and staff following a decision to close its rest home services.

The charitable trust which operates the rest home announced the decision to both residents and staff yesterday following consultation.

General manager Kim Poynter says the decision is extremely sad for all those involved, and has not been an easy one to make.

“Our heart goes out to the residents, their families and our staff who have been impacted by this decision.”

The proposal was first announced last month and comes because of the dramatic shortfall the rest home now faces because of the impact of Pay Equity Legislation and occupancy levels, Ms Poynter says.

“We fully support the job aged care workers do and the need for them to be paid fairly. Our staff deserve pay increases, but the reality is the funding received is not sufficient to make ends meet and we are not prepared to compromise our quality of care.”

Ms Poynter says the focus is now on supporting the residents and their families, as well as valued staff members, through the next steps of the process, including helping residents find new homes.

“Many residents have already selected their new care providers, with several opting to move closer to their families.”

There are about 10 residents still at the rest home.

The decision does not affect the villa or supported living on site. The building will be used for rental accommodation for independent seniors.

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