Sprott House Trust has entered into a conditional agreement with The Selwyn Foundation, with a view to Selwyn taking over the iconic Sprott House village in Wellington.

Sprott House General Manager, Chris Sanders, says the agreement heralds an exciting new era for Sprott House.

“[The agreement] resolves the financial sustainability issues that were increasingly a problem for us as a small provider in the wake of recent pay equity and other new legislation.”

“The relationship with Selwyn, which is a much larger operator, will respect and honour the Sprott House heritage and allow us to go forward in a different way in the future. It will also ensure that the Sprott House Trust is better able to invest in its charitable aims which it’s been unable to do up until now.”

Sprott House was first established in 1898 by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington to provide care for young women and children, becoming a residential aged care home in 1951. It comprises 13 independent living villas, a 73-room care facility (rest home and hospital) and is perhaps best known for its purpose-built, dedicated secure dementia care unit for 24 people.

Selwyn Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jason More, says it is an “excellent opportunity” for both parties, as they have many similarities in terms of culture, Anglican background, goals, general mission and values.

“The agreement will enable The Selwyn Foundation to have a presence in the Wellington market for the first time, complementing our existing core business activities in Auckland, Northland and in the Waikato, and to expand our outreach services to a new community of older people.”

Both providers are now working over a transitional period to prepare the Sprott House business for the change in ownership, which is anticipated to complete on 1 October 2018.

“We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Sprott House to our Selwyn family and to working to ensure we can meet the needs of a new community of older people,” says More.

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