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RSL LifeCare employees with Julie Farquhar, residential manager, McQuoin Park (far right). Photo: supplied

Aged care providers rally to relocate residents due to fires

A Sydney aged care home has opened its doors to residents from a nearby facility, operated by a different provider, to help keep them out of harms way.

The two teams worked together earlier this week when, due to the threat of bushfires, LifeCare’s Rowland Village in Galston decided to move residents away from the site.

Catholic Healthcare’s McQuoin Park in Wahroonga welcomed 15 residents for two nights until the catastrophic fire danger warning was lifted.

Julie Farquhar, residential manager of McQuoin Park, said the Catholic Healthcare team was “only too happy to help”.

“Quality care, compassion and kindness are who we are,” Farquhar said. “While fortunately there was no fire, this experience has been a great dress rehearsal to test our capacity to deal with a crisis.

“In the event we are called upon to assist again, we know how effective we can be at short notice.”

The McQuoin Park community services team provided two buses to pick up the residents and take them to the Wahroonga facility, where staff had set up 15 beds in the home’s activities room.

“Our kitchen and catering personnel prepared supper on Monday night and meals for the next day and night. Our activities personnel provided music, games and DVD’s for the visiting residents,” Farquhar said.

RSL LifeCare also sent staff members to support the team at McQuoin Park, and for familiarity and stability for the residents.

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