'Happy place' conveys care and security

The new $30 million Braemar Presyuterian Care facility has officially opened. The City of Melville has one of the highest aged demographics in the state, prompting the need for a new facility in the area.

Designed to cater for some of the community’s most frail residents, including a dementia-specific unit, the facility has already filled 50 beds since opening on May 27. This will increase to 108 over the next 12 to 18 months.

Braemer Presbyterian Care Chief Executive Glenn Muskett said the aim of the facility was to provide residential aged care accommodation and support for seniors who could no longer live in their own home.

The facility is named Braemar Cooinda – Aborigine for ‘happy place’ – to convey an atmosphere of care, security and happiness.

“We want Braemar Cooinda to be a happy home for all of our residents,” Mr Muskett said.

The facility opened on the corner of Leach Highway and North Lake Road, after an 18-month construction process.

“We have focused on providing a quality building to complement our commitment to care, complete with amenities which reflect the wants and needs of our current and future residents and their families."
Glenn Muskett, Chief Executive, Braemar Presbyterian Care

As part of a premium ‘hotel style’ approach, each resident has his or her own room and ensuite, with call assistance points, electric-adjustable beds, integrated TV’s, wardrobes and air-conditioning.

The care facility features six large lounge and dining areas, 24/7 on-site allied health professional care, private visiting areas for family and friends, a hair salon and catering and laundry amenities.

There are six balconies with views across the suburbs extending towards the city skyline and out to Fremantle.

The dementia-specific area is a fully self-sufficient facility with indoor and outdoor areas and services.

“It is a secure facility providing safety for those who have a tendency to wander, which can expose them to significant personal risk,” Mr Muskett said.

When fully occupied the 24/7 care facility will employ 66 staff to care for the 108 residents.

“The launch of this major new development will not only meet the rising care needs of seniors in the local area, it will create new employment opportunities,” Mr Muskett said.

Source: The West Australian

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