At a time when some aged care organisations are closing down their regional facilities, a family-owned south-east Queensland provider is investing in aged care in rural areas by opening a brand new home at Wamuran.
After receiving a $4 million Federal Government grant in 2010, Beaumont Care commenced construction on its sixth care facility – ‘Wamuran’ – on a 40-acre property 15km west of Caboolture in January last year (2019).
The state-of-the-art, 80-bed residential care home was officially opened today (March 12) by Minister for Aged Care Services and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, at a launch event that was well attended by many members of the Beaumont Care team, government officials and the local community.
Beaumont Care owner and director Linda Beaumont said there was huge demand for aged care facilities in regional parts of Australia, including the Moreton Bay area.
She said Wamuran had been earmarked by Moreton Bay Regional Council as a priority future growth region, and that infrastructure for aged care needed to provide for the expected high demand of an ageing population.
“There is a real need for aged care facilities in rural and remote parts of Australia, and the Moreton Bay region is no exception,” said Mrs Beaumont.
“In the wake of the aged care royal commission, many aged care facilities in our regions are doing it tough.At a time when aged care as an industry is struggling, Beaumont Care – with support from the Australian Government – is making a conscious and important decision to invest in much needed aged care in regional areas like Wamuran.”
When completed, the contemporary, country-style home will be comprised of four 20-bed communities – each with their own lounge rooms, dining areas and courtyards.
With Beaumont Care specialising in residents with high needs, one of the four residences will be a secure memory care facility equipped to provide specialised care for those living with dementia.
Mrs Beaumont said the Wamuran facility would deliver ‘resident-led, warm-hearted care’ to elderly people from Caboolture and Moreton Bay regions, the Sunshine Coast, and areas located to the west. She said the Wamuran home was unique due to its idyllic country location surrounded by farmland with views to the Glasshouse Mountains.
“It has always been a dream of mine to open a lifestyle-oriented facility with a country, rural theme for people who have lived off the land their whole lives, or who prefer a tree change in a peaceful area, rather living amongst the suburbs,” she said.
“Wamuran will appeal to people who want to spend their days looking out windows and from wide verandas, taking in the mountain views over strawberry and pineapple farms, and enjoying the feeling of plenty of green and space.”
“Our Wamuran residents will get to enjoy the idyllic location, graced by colourful birds, wildlife and natural waterways. But equally as importantly, this can all be enjoyed with essential services like hospitals and health clinics just down the road.”
Beaumont Care provides care for almost 400 people in its six facilities across south-east Queensland. With almost 300 staff, Beaumont Care is one of the largest employers in the Moreton Bay district – with the new Wamuran facility expected to provide up to 80 local jobs at the residential home.
Mrs Beaumont said Wamuran felt like ‘a home away from home’ to her, and many of Beaumont Care’s staff.
She said Beaumont Care had been operating in Wamuran since 2007, when the organisation opened its first care facility – Wamuran Park Home – for people who require assistance with daily living.
“I’ve always seen the potential and the benefits to the community of providing a greater level of care in the area – it has always been a goal of mine to open another facility here,” said Mrs Beaumont.
“I’m speaking with several local community groups about ways our new Wamuran facility can ensure we become even more of a part of the fabric of the local community.”
Wamuran is the sixth Beaumont Care facility, throughout south-east Queensland at Redcliffe, Kippa-Ring, Clontarf, Rothwell and North Tamborine.
Since last year (2019), Beaumont Care also introduced National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services.
Beaumont Care Independent Living is a registered provider of services, including accommodation, respite, social activities and outings, supported independent living, and personal care, with participants across its sites.
Here is a sweet comment from the opening ceremony:
Thank you so much for a lovely day at the Official Opening of your new Aged Care Home at Ziviani Rd, Wamuran. We were made very welcome by your staff and official guests, Mum is always at her best socialising and great for us to catch up on old times with the Wam locals. We were also able to visit Mandy, owner of our old farm across the way, to have a walk around the property.
The Home is spacious and full of light and lovely views to the surrounding countryside which gives one a great feeling when able to see into the distance.
Regards Glenda and Ziviani Family
Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck unveiled a plaque officially opening Beaumont Care’s new care home at Wamuran on 12 March 2020. Minister Colbeck joined guests at the home and spent time getting to know lots of locals, residents and families.
Beaumont Care is now conducting tours of the new Wamuran facility. For those interested in booking a tour or obtaining more information, contact Beaumont Care on (07) 5328 1200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.beaumontcare.com.au.
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