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The Board of Kindred Living has announced it has entered in to a Management Agreement with Helping Hand, effective from 30 November 2021.

Helping Hand will work with the board of Kindred Living to ensure continuity of aged care services in the Whyalla region with the intention of integrating services in to Helping Hand within twelve months.

Announcing the management agreement, Kindred Living Board Chair Tim Weiss and Helping Hand CEO Chris Stewart said the move had the support of the Australian Government and the full commitment of Helping Hand and operator Kindred Living.

“Over the past few months, Helping Hand has been working with the Australian Government and Kindred Living to develop a plan to take over management of the Whyalla aged care services provider to ensure continuity of service to some of the most vulnerable people in the Whyalla community,” Mr Stewart said.

“Many aged care organisations in regional areas are feeling the pressure of workforce shortages and increased regulatory requirements, with the result that they are reducing services, ceasing operation or transferring management responsibility to larger and more resourced organisations.”

Kindred Living Chairperson Tim Weiss welcomed the relationship with Helping Hand.

“I am proud to see the legacy of this organisation, which started in 1968, be able to continue under the leadership of a values-driven provider. Helping Hand is a respected provider of Home Care services in Whyalla and has a history of becoming the custodian of other regional aged care homes and services in Port Pirie, Jamestown and Clare. This is a positive outcome for our community and we look forward to supporting a smooth transition,” Mr Weiss said.

Established in 1953 and part of the UnitingCare Australia network, Helping Hand is a not-for-profit organisation, supporting 7,000 older people and employing 1,900 staff across South Australia.