West Australian aged care and retirement living provider Capecare has hosted an opening ceremony at its $38 million residential aged care facility in Dunsborough in the state’s south-west.

Capecare Dunsborough, which has been designed to operate a small home-style model of care, includes 80 residential aged care beds and 21 two-bedroom, two-bathroom independent living apartments.

The aged care home features a dementia-enabling design, allied health facilities, landscaped gardens, a barbecue, café, cinema and new headquarters for the Dunsborough Country Women’s Association.

Capecare outgoing Chair Nadine Carter said “the magnificent facility” set a new benchmark for residential care and retirement living in the region and state.

“This integrated complex enables people to live connected and enriched lives as they age as valued members of the Cape’s community. It has also brought significant social and economic benefits to the City of Busselton and the south-west,” Ms Carter said.

The provider has already welcomed the first residents to the aged care homes and leased 20 of the 21 apartments, Ms Carter said.

“All new clients to the complex have a strong connection to Dunsborough and Yallingup, either as residents themselves or with family members who live here,” she said.

The home will employ 60 full-time staff when fully operational.

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Federal Minister for Forrest Nola Marino officially opened the facility alongside South West Development Commission chair Nick Belyea, CWA Dunsborough president Leslie Sproule, outgoing Chair Nadine Carter and Capecare senior carer Jess Lehane.

Capecare Dunsborough was designed Gary Batt & Associates Architects in consultation with dementia design specialists de Fiddes Design and built by Perkins Builders.

Capecare received $7.1 million in funding as part of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and $2.5 million from the state government’s Regional Aged Accommodation Program to develop the facility.

Main image: Nick Belyea, Nola Marino , Jess Lehane, Lesley Sporule, Nadine Carter, and aged care resident Bresland opening the facility

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