NEW HORIZONS: Carramar director of care Ann Bourke, board chair Barbara Marsden, Churches of Christ Care CEO Dean Phelan and board chair Gary Edwards will take Carramar into a transition phase before a change of management.
NEW HORIZONS: Carramar director of care Ann Bourke, board chair Barbara Marsden, Churches of Christ Care CEO Dean Phelan and board chair Gary Edwards will take Carramar into a transition phase before a change of management. Ella Archibald-Binge

Wider family moves in

AFTER months of discussion, the paths of Carramar and Churches of Christ Care have finally come to meet.

Churches of Christ Care representatives visited Carramar yesterday to tour the facilities and meet staff, before assuming management of the organisation early next year.

Churches of Christ Care CEO Dean Phelan said they were taking a "steady as she goes" approach to the changeover.

"We want everyone to feel comfortable about being part of a wider family," he said.

That family includes more than 100 other aged care centres across Queensland.

However, Mr Phelan emphasised that each centre was unique, and said there were no plans to rush in and start making changes.

"We want to reassure residents and clients that there will be no change to the quality of care and service," he said.

"Today is a starting point - as we go forward we will start looking at incrementally enhancing areas where we can."

Mr Phelan also stressed that Churches of Christ Care would be happy to receive input from the local Stanthorpe community.

"Our philosophy is very much to work with local community leaders and we do that wherever we are," he said.

"Any future local fundraising will go towards enhancing local services."

Some members of the Granite Belt community had raised concerns that a church-based management could impose religious limitations on Carramar residents, but Mr Phelan promised clients would continue to enjoy "complete religious freedom".

"We welcome and look forward to working with all denominations," he said.

Carramar will now enter a transition phase over the next few months, before local board members take a step back and the new management takes effect in March next year.

Carramar board chair Barbara Marsden said there was a sense of excitement among staff members, who looked forward to enhanced training opportunities and job security.

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