On 13 October Kiama Council resolved to undertake the sale of Blue Haven Bonaira (subject to the completion of the Blue Haven land reclassification process). This includes our 134-bed Residential Aged Care Home, 57 Independent Living Units and services provided to 850 community in home support clients.
We anticipate the sale process will occur mid to late 2023 to mid 2024. Council has made it clear that any sale of the federal aged care services must be to another approved Aged Care provider, and the provider will operate under the Aged Care Act.
It was a big decision but unfortunately, Kiama Council cannot continue to run a large aged care business such as Bonaira. The financial position of Council along with the increasing complexity and new upcoming reforms of the aged care industry are too onerous. Ultimately a specialist aged care provider with the established supporting strategic, governance and support processes is better placed to provide the level of service required for both residents and clients but also staff.
Kiama Council CEO Jane Stroud and Blue Haven Interim COO Joe Gaudiosi have been meeting regularly with residents and families as well as staff to discuss the situation.
Blue Haven continues to operate all our services as usual and the care and wellbeing of our staff, clients and residents is paramount.
We have a long and proud history of providing high-quality aged care services to our community for more than 40 years. This will not change. And it will continue regardless of the sale process.
Blue Haven residents, families, staff and interested members of the community are also welcome to contact Blue Haven COO Joe Gaudiosi or CEO Jane Stroud direct with any further questions.
For up to date information about the sale please visit: Blue Haven Illawarra – FAQs Kiama Council (nsw.gov.au)
For more information about the Blue Haven land reclassification: Blue Haven Bonaira land reclassification Kiama Council (nsw.gov.au)
16th Oct 2022