Bupa Echuca general-manager Debbie-Payne with one of the home’s first residents Ken Bacon who moved in with his wife Beryl.
Bupa Echuca general manager Debbie Payne with one of the home’s first residents Ken Bacon who moved in with his wife Beryl.

Bupa Care Services Australia has opened a new facility in the northern Victoria river town of Echuca.

The building was designed and constructed by Croft Developments, from which Bupa purchased the Innovative Care portfolio last year.

Bupa said there has been keen interest in the new home, which has the capacity to service large regional areas including the Shire of Campaspe in Victoria and the Murray Shire in New South Wales.

Some 22 residents have already moved into Bupa Echuca, with more residents joining over the coming weeks.

When at full capacity Bupa Echuca will employ 150 staff and care for 120 residents with low, high, respite and dementia needs.

Bupa is Australia’s leading private aged care provider, operating 62 homes caring for close to 6,000 residents.

Benetas expands Corowa Court

Benetas Board chairman John McKenzie, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills and Benetas Corowa Court resident Laurie Hill.
Turning the first sod: Benetas Board chairman John McKenzie, Benetas CEO Sandra Hills and Benetas Corowa Court resident Laurie Hill.

Elsewhere, major not-for-profit aged care provider Benetas has announced a $13 million expansion of its Corowa Court facility.

The significant expansion, which will increase the capacity of the facility from 60 to 120 beds, will see a range of innovations introduced, aimed at increasing social connectedness of residents and improving their wellbeing and access to services.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said that the greater demand for aged care services meant providers needed to be more creative in their design of new facilities.

“With over 21 per cent of people living on the Mornington Peninsula aged 65 or older, this expansion will ensure that Benetas can meet the increasing demand for aged care in the area, now and well into the future,” she said. “We are committed to ensuring that not only do we meet this need, but that we meet it in the most responsive ways possible.”

The expanded facility will include the introduction of cluster-type living, with bedrooms planned around smaller, more accessible resident activity areas, and increased proximity to internal support services.

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