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Uncertainty about the future of care for
the elderly means the Rangitikei com-
munity faces difficult times.
In 2010 the Taihape community
suffered the consequences of the closure
of Ruanui -- their only facility for elderly
I am sure Marton and wider Rangitikei
do not want to see a similar fate to Edale.
There are a lot of questions to address,
such as why rest home facilities run by
community trusts are struggling to sur-
vive, while commercially-run businesses
seem to be doing fine.
Should aged care facilities be run by
DHBs, community trusts or left to the
Should the community be asked to
assist with funding elderly-care facilities
in smaller communities, when in cities
they are run as profit-making busi-
Rangitikei needs facilities for its eld-
erly and I welcome your feedback on this
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Sandra Crosbie, editor
Aged care still top notch
Difficult times: Edale Home is in financial trouble and asking for community
help to stay open.
Letter to the community from Rich-
ard Wishnowsky, Assets Committee
chairman, of the Marton Edale
Home Trust Board.
The Marton Edale Home Trust
Board is facing financial difficult-
ies that are causing concern to the
Marton and Rangitikei Com-
munity. The Board is working
through the problem in order to
keep the rest home operating.
It is clear to the Board that
unless the financial situation can
be turned around the rest home
will be in danger of closing.
Over the last five years Edale
has been having budget deficits
which have been met from cash
reserves. These cash reserves are
now seriously depleted. Quite
simply income received from the
District Health Board has not been
keeping kept pace with costs.
In January of this year the
Board commissioned an aged care
consultant, Judith Johnson, to
undertake a review of Edale s oper-
ation. Her report made a number
of recommendations that, when
implemented, would enable Edale
to operate more efficiently.
Many of these recommendations
have already been put in place.
Key to the recovery process is a
new staff roster which, when put
into effect, will enable Edale to
meet its financial commitments
and function more efficiently with-
out compromising resident safety.
Although the new roster will
involve fewer work hours,
job losses will be avoided.
However, the new roster
remains an area of negotiation
with the Service and Food Workers
Staff were advised in early
March of the financial crisis and
later in the month were advised of
the recommendations made in the
Some staff members expressed a
sympathetic understanding of the
problems and solutions and
indicated their willingness to help
Edale through its current difficult-
ies.In order to maintain Edale as a
viable organisation, the Board is
investigating a range of options.
including bridging finance.
Also, the community organis-
ations who established Edale have
been asked to contribute up to
$5000 should it they be called
In the meantime the Board
assures all the residents at Edale,
and their families, that resident
care is our prime concern. The on-
site manager and the staff are a
dedicated team and are committed
to providing the best care possible.
'Why were we not told of rest home plight?'
By JANINE RANKIN
The family of a 90-year-old
resident at Marton s Edale rest
home are shocked the rest home s
future is in jeopardy and disap-
pointed they were not told that it is
in financial trouble.
Edale is looking for community
help to keep the rest home going.
Why were families of residents
not informed before the media
speculated on the future of
Edale?, said Gaylene Knight,
whose grandmother is a resident.
Mrs Knight s daughter Aleisha
said it was a shock to read about it
in the Manawatu Standard.
We would like to know why
families were not informed before
the request for council assistance
To think there is a possibility
the home could shut down and
dozens of people would need to be
relocated is not an easy thing to
Miss Knight said in the worst-
case scenario, her great-grand-
mother could come and live in her
At least she would still be with
Gran has always lived in
Marton and at 90 it would be a
shame for her to be relocated.
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