RSL LifeCare announces new builds

New South Wales aged care provider RSL LifeCare has announced plans for a new veteran…

New South Wales aged care provider RSL LifeCare has announced plans for a new veteran wellbeing centre in Dee Why on Sydney’s northern beaches in partnership with Dee Why RSL and RSL NSW.

Dee Why RSL has committed $1 million over the next four years to house and assist with the ongoing operating costs of the new Northern Beaches Veteran Wellbeing Centre and RSL NSW sub-Branches will provide ongoing financial support.

RSL LifeCare chief executive officer Janet Muir said the Northern Beaches centre was an extension of the hub-and-spoke model being implemented across the state to ensure veterans could access critical services tailored to the needs of their local communities.

“RSL LifeCare is always excited to announce another veteran wellbeing centre, because we know the positive impact the facilities have on the mental and physical health and wellbeing of our Australian Defence Force personnel who have given so much to protect our country,” Ms Muir said.

Dee Why RSL president Graeme Liddell said he was proud to be partnering with RSL LifeCare and RSL NSW for this important initiative.

“This partnership and this veteran wellbeing centre reinforce our commitment to support veterans and their families across the Northern Beaches,” Mr Liddell said.

Stakeholders gathered to mark the announcement (L to R): Janet Muir, Grant Easterby, Ray James and Graeme Liddell

The new Northern Beaches Veteran Wellbeing Centre – which will join RSL LifeCare’s three established hubs in Nowra, Wagga Wagga, and Newcastle – will continue to provide financial assistance, homelessness support, DVA claims assistance, employment pathways, and further education and training opportunities for veterans and their families who reside in the Northern Beaches region.

RSL LifeCare was also recently invited to submit a business case to deliver three new Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs in the Hunter, Tweed-North Coast and Queanbeyan regions of NSW.

RSL NSW president Ray James said, “RSL NSW is committed to supporting RSL LifeCare’s veteran-focused centres and hubs because we know they work.”

“Since 2021, RSL NSW sub-Branches have donated over $5.2 million to RSL LifeCare to support the ongoing delivery of critical services to veterans and their families right across NSW.”

Expansion of Nowra community

Artist’s impression of the Dumaresq Retirement Village extension

Elsewhere the provider has announced the second stage of development of standalone villas at Dumaresq Retirement Village in the RSL LifeCare Nowra Community on the state’s south coast.

The expansion will provide more living areas to the Nowra Community – which houses the Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre and the a 68-bed Jordan Rogers aged care home.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas – which come with spacious living spaces and easy-access parking – are designed to maximise the surrounding gardens and bushland. The weatherboard homes are also pet friendly and offer security, including a nurse call system.

Dumaresq Retirement Village also offers tailored services through RSL LifeCare at Home – including domestic assistance, transportation, flexible respite and personal care.

The heart of the village features a purpose-built community facility to foster connection and recreation in the restored heritage clubhouse building. Residents and guests can access the main dining room, lounge area, common kitchen and dining area, two spacious verandas, and onsite village manager office.

Ms Muir said the organisation was thrilled to release the next stage of the Nowra community. “This expansion reflects our unwavering dedication to providing veterans and seniors with an elevated lifestyle, surrounded by natural beauty, and supported by an all-encompassing network of services.”

Main image: Representatives from RSL LifeCare, DeeWhyRSL and RSL NSW

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