Nunyara aged care home opens
The Nunyara residential aged care home at Peakhurst, NSW, was officially opened on 26 April by the Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro.
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26 April 2006
The Minister for Ageing, Senator Santo Santoro, today officially opened the Nunyara residential aged care home at Peakhurst.
Nunyara, operated by UnitingCare Ageing, is a 74-bed facility consisting of twin rooms with single beds, with 54 high-care beds and 20 low-care beds for people with dementia.
Senator Santoro said he regarded care of the elderly as one of the defining aspects of a good society.
"A society that does not do everything it possibly can to care for its young and its elderly is not a good society," he said.
Senator Santoro said the Government’s vision for aged care was all about security.
"Security is what our older people want, need and deserve," he said. "And I mean security in all forms - medical, financial, physical and emotional security."
On emotional security, he said Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers responsible for Aged Care and Ageing had moved quickly to take measures to reduce the incidence of abuse of vulnerable elderly people in aged care homes.
Measures to toughen existing reporting mechanisms and clarify the responsibilities of all involved in the sector when dealing with allegations of abuse would be progressed among governments over coming months.
Media contact: Malcolm Cole - 0408 612 603
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