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  • Jewish Care plans new 120-bed facility
  • New aged care complex for Caulfield Hospital
Jewish Care plans new 120-bed facility
Signing the contracts at The Manders Villas in Caulfield.
Jewish Care and Churches of Christ signing the contracts .

Jewish Care Victoria has announced plans to construct a 120-bed residential aged care facility in Carnegie.

The provider purchased land at 1 Wahgoo Road, Carnegie, a site currently home to an older style 60-bed aged care facility called Betheden, which Churches of Christ Care has decided to close by mid-December 2014.

After an extensive search for a suitable site for a new 120-bed aged care facility, Jewish Care said it approached Churches of Christ Care and agreed to purchase the Carnegie site subject to a successful town planning outcome.

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby said the purchase of the site would allow Jewish Care to deliver three senior living precincts as outlined in its Towards Tomorrow – Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

“It also aligns with the findings of the recent demographic analysis conducted by Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, which highlights the significant shift in Jewish population into the south eastern corridor in Melbourne. Our community’s continued growth in these areas will now be ideally served by this exciting development,” he said.

Dean Phelan, CEO of Churches of Christ in Queensland, congratulated Jewish Care on its purchase of Betheden and said he was delighted that the aged care legacy of the site would continue.

“Aged care has been a part of this Carnegie site since the 1950s and I am heartened that aged care will continue there for many years to come. We think that Jewish Care is the perfect custodian for future generations of residents, staff and volunteers in this community.” Mr Phelan said.

Jewish Care said the purchase was just one of a number of major capital investment projects worth $180 million over the next 10 years that would see it grow and change the face of aged care, disability and community services for the Victorian Jewish community.

New aged care complex for Caulfield Hospital
Plans for the new aged care complex. Click for full document
Plans for the new aged care complex. Click for full document

A new $30-million purpose-built residential aged care village at Caulfield Hospital will be developed over the next three to four years.

Alfred Health recently announced it reached an agreement for HammondCare to provide residential aged care services and build the new aged care village.

Alfred Health’s chief executive, Associate Professor Andrew Way said Caulfield Hospital’s residential aged care facilities and infrastructure were ageing and soon will be no longer fit for purpose.

“We believe this decision will benefit residents and the local community alike – its purpose is to provide excellent care supported through a residential aged care village designed for the future,” he said.

HammondCare’s CEO Dr Stephen Judd said the organisation looked forward to collaborating with Alfred Health to support people’s aged care needs, including those with complex care requirements.

Under the agreement, HammondCare will acquire 150 residential aged care places at Caulfield Hospital; provide day-to-day residential care services on site; and recruit for 139 new jobs including 26 registered nurses and up to 100 specialised and dementia carers.

The transfer of services from Alfred Health to HammondCare is subject to the approval of the Department of Social Services, while the development of the new village is dependent on successfully obtaining planning and other statutory approvals.

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