Lyrebird Village in Drouin, West Gippsland, Victoria has joined the Respect – provider of aged care and retirement living. It’s the second acquisition in the Gippsland region by Respect in the space of 12 months, after acquiring Mitchell House in nearby Morwell earlier in the year.
Established in 1973, Lyrebird Village is a 115-bed facility and until recently community owned and operated.
Lyrebird Village chairman Mark Biggs said, “In Respect, we have found an organisation with similar values to ours, with the capacity and capability to provide the necessary resources and investment Lyrebird Village needs to grow and thrive while continuing to provide residential aged care to the Drouin community.”
Mr Biggs said the move would secure Lyrebird Village’s future. “For some time now the aged care sector has been under significant pressure significant change, increasing regulatory requirements and compliance, market forces, COVID-19, and funding pressures.
“As a small stand-alone provider, it became increasingly difficult to remain sustainable in our own right which has made it necessary to seek options to find a workable solution to secure our future.”
Managing Director of Respect, Jason Binder, said the organisation looked forward to continuing “the excellent work of Lyrebird” in the Drouin community.
“As an organisation with a regional focus we understand the importance of community to a facility such as Lyrebird, and, in turn, the role an aged care facility like Lyrebird plays in its community.”
Respect operates homes in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.