HammondCare has opened its new regional headquarters for home care services in Lismore, Northern New South Wales (NSW). The opening ceremony was attended by the Premier of NSW, Chris Minns, and HammondCare CEO Mike Baird, along with other dignitaries. The headquarters, located on Molesworth Street, will house 25 care workers and 12 administrative staff, serving 360 clients in the Northern Rivers region.
Premier Minns highlighted the importance of care providers like HammondCare in supporting the elderly, particularly as Lismore continues to rebuild from past challenges caused by last year’s floods.
South Lismore resident Roger Manby, 86, a special guest at the opening, was one of the 11 HammondCare At Home clients who had their homes inundated last year.
Mr Manby is expected to move back into his home next month after repair work replaces walls and floors that had “turned into porridge” by the record floodwater on February 28, 2022.
He had been a veteran of previous floods, usually watching on casually from his first-floor veranda. He recalls his son waking him at 3 a.m. as the water began entering the first floor of his home last year.
“My son warned me this flood was going to be worse than I was expecting, and I better get out of bed now,” Mr Manby said.
Lismore Mayor Steve Krieg welcomed HammondCare to the city, expressing optimism about the organisation’s role in providing quality services to the older community members. The new headquarters is seen as a vote of confidence in Lismore’s future and a positive development for older residents.
HammondCare At Home offers individually tailored support to help older people continue living in their own homes. The organisation’s home care services have been expanding, serving thousands of older individuals in various regions across Australia.