Hotel-standard aged care comes to Dandenong
Older people in Melbourne’s south now have access to greater choice in aged care services with hotel-standard private rooms, specialist care and meals cooked to their personal preferences.
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2 August 2005
Older people in Melbourne’s south now have access to greater choice in aged care services with hotel-standard private rooms, specialist care and meals cooked to their personal preferences, the Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, said today.
During the official launch of the new 111-place Regis Waverley Gardens aged care home in Dandenong North, Ms Bishop said the models of care now available to older Australians reflect changing expectations for aged care.
"The aged care sector is already catering for the increasingly diverse care needs of older Australians by providing flexible services that meet the needs of today's ageing population and expectations of tomorrow's baby-boomer generation.
"Innovative aged care providers like Regis Group Pty Ltd play a key role in widening the choices in care. Regis now provides its residents in-house pharmacies, podiatry services, libraries, physiotherapy, hairdressing, music and crafts, and fine dining prepared in-house.
"As the home is in a culturally diverse community, staff members are provided cross-cultural training and bilingual staff and interpreters are available.
"Residents will enjoy comfort and security in a home-like setting complete with their companion pets and, importantly, couples will be able to stay together."
Ms Bishop said the Australian Government contributed on-going funding to the new home of $3.4 million a year and one-off funding of over $350,000 to assist with quality care, a safe living environment and better business practices.
Australian Government subsidies to Regis Waverley Gardens provide for 90 low-care places and 21 high-care places,14 of which are for people with dementia.
One of the high-care places is available for intermittent care for people who are otherwise living at home to enable carers to take a break from their caring role.
The home also provides accommodation for couples including double bedrooms with an
en-suite and lounge. Currently, 12 couples reside at the home.
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