“Building the Aged Care of Tomorrow”: Catholic Healthcare opens new Memory Support Unit in QLD’s Fortitude Valley – signals ongoing commitment to consolidation and new aged care homes

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The new unit at the Not For Profit’s Villa Maria aged care home heralds the operator’s growing expansion beyond its NSW base.

The unit will be home to 18 residents living with dementia with five residents moving into their new home next week and more residents to follow in the coming weeks and all staff having specialised training and experience in dementia care.

CEO David Maher says the development is just one of a number of developments and refurbishments of its aged care homes and retirement villages to which the provider has committed.

This includes the transfer to Catholic Healthcare of the St Hedwig aged care and retirement village in Blacktown in Western Sydney earlier this year which has supported the German Catholic community for 25 years,

“The Village is currently undergoing redevelopment including the construction of 72 new Retirement Living Units and, in the future, will also include a new residential care home,” he said.

Catholic Healthcare also has a new greenfield 144-bed home at Casula in southwest Sydney due for completion by Christmas 2020 plus a new facility at Norwest in northwest Sydney and approval for DAs at Lewisham in Sydney’s Inner West and Maroubra in its Eastern Suburbs.

The provider’s ongoing partnership with village operator Lendlease is also reaping rewards with aged care sites to be built adjacent to seven of its villages including Richmond Caroline Springs and Mount Martha in Victoria; Belrose, Kincumber, Morpeth and Jordan Springs in NSW, plus a deal to provide home care services into their villages.

This comes on top of their projects already completed this year including the expansion of Charles O’Neill Hostel near Newcastle from 40 beds to 80; 88 apartments at their new McQuoin Park Retirement Living Village in Sydney’s Wahroonga; 19 new homes at their Forbes village in regional NSW; and the new additions at Villa Maria which will accommodate a total of 120 residents, in addition to the 18-bed memory support unit.

Another indication that not all providers are in the red.

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