Aged care provider BaptistCare NSW and ACT has kicked off a $27 million modernisation project at aged care home BaptistCare Caloola Centre in Wagga Wagga.

BaptistCare Caloola Centre resident Louis de Kort, Wagga Wagga City Council Mayor Greg Conkey and representatives from BaptistCare and builders Lipman turned the first sod to mark the beginning of the redevelopment.

The new home will include 80 contemporary single rooms with private bathrooms divided into five households, each with 16 bedrooms, a family room, dining room and kitchen.

It will also feature a café for residents, families and visitors and extensive gardens, walkways and undercover outside areas.

The home is designed to provide a homelike environment and meet new stringent infection control benchmarks.

BaptistCare CEO Charles Moore said transforming aged care is about focusing on residents’ care and wellbeing as well feeling comfortable and at home.

“It’s also important that buildings allow our care staff to work optimally through innovative building design, while technology continues to play a key role in functional and efficient care delivery in our home,” Mr Moore said.

Charles Moore

“We know our residents and their families are just as excited about this next phase for Caloola, and we can’t wait to bring it to life for our residents, staff and of course the local community, with our builders Lipman,” he said.

Lipman is excited to design and build the Caloola Centre, said Lipman CEO Rob MacKee.

“Since 2014 we’ve successfully delivered a range of high quality aged care, retirement living, and social and affordable housing assets for BaptistCare thoughout New South Wales. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the BaptistCare team again,” Mr MacKee said.

BaptistCare Caloola Centre opened its doors to the Wagga Wagga community in 1979. The home will remain open while construction takes place with residents expected to move into the new home in early 2023.

Main image: From left: Louis de Kort, Melissa Noble, Rob MacKee, Charles Moore, and Greg Conkey turning the sod

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