HammondCare Waratah provides shelter from the storm

HammondCare has welcomed 23 aged care residents who will be temporarily accommodated following severe roof damage to Presbyterian Aged Care Wescott, Stockton from a severe thunderstorm that swept through Newcastle on Monday night.

The Stockton residents will stay at HammondCare Waratah until essential repairs can be completed. At present, no timeframe is available on how long these works may take.

The residents arrived safely by bus 2pm Tuesday. HammondCare General Manager Residential Care Angela Raguz said HammondCare was delighted to help.

“After a well coordinated transfer, the residents had a good sleep last night and are in good spirits,” Ms Raguz said. “This is a great example of two aged care providers working together to ensure quality residential care can continue in difficult circumstances.

“I would like to thank Waratah staff, residents and families for being so flexible and welcoming.”

This is the second time some of these residents have stayed temporarily at HammondCare Waratah. A wind storm in August 2019 also caused roof damage at PAC Westcott – repairs took about six weeks.

Statement from Presbyterian Aged Care