Southern Cross Care (Vic)’s (SCCV) lease on a stunning, heritage listed property in Fitzroy North was coming to an end and would not be renewed because the property was unsuitable to operate a modern residential aged care facility. The termination of the lease created a major challenge for both the lessor (Gualtiero Vaccari Foundation) and the lessee (SCCV). The owner of the property was a charitable foundation that needed a suitable replacement tenant that would continue its charitable purpose. The lessee was operating an Italian specific aged care facility that needed new accommodation for its existing residents.
Outcomes Plus consulted with residents and their families on acceptable future accommodation alternatives, specifically one which recognised and responded to their specific cultural needs. Simultaneously, Outcomes Plus worked with the Vaccari Foundation to find an alternate tenant for the former aged care facility. This involved a digital marketing campaign to attract an appropriate not-for-profit organisation with a suitable charitable purpose. A wide range of competitive proposals were assessed through an open tender process conducted by Outcomes Plus.
Outcomes Plus was able to negotiate the transfer of all existing residents to a brand new facility (Rathdowne Place) only two kilometres away. Residents and families alike were relieved that everyone could remain together in the new facility and that their Italian focus was not lost. After an extensive interview and assessment process, the building has been leased to Ronald McDonald House as a new centre for visiting children with serious illnesses. Building alterations are expected to commence in late 2016.
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