Anglicare Southern Queensland recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Abri Residential Aged Care Home in the Gold Coast suburb of Southport.

Management, local dignitaries, staff, residents and their families marked the milestone with a slap-up banquet.

The facility – which opened in June 1983 – has seen many changes over the past 40 years, said Abri facility manager Kirandeep Kaur. “Two lifts were installed to allow for better access to the upper and lower wings, not only for residents but also emergency services.”

Then came air-conditioning. “All resident rooms were airconditioned, along with the main living areas, which was a welcome relief to the heat experienced in Queensland,” said Ms Kaur.

Anglicare Southern Queensland group manager for residential aged care and retirement villages Kate Hawkins used the occasion to pay tribute to the Abri workforce.

“Of course, such an achievement cannot be possible without the hard work and dedication of our team here at Abri,” said Ms Hawkins. “I would like to recognise and pay tribute to each and every one of our valuable team members who ensure the highest quality care and wellbeing of our residents is always at the heart of what we do. Thank you for your tireless efforts every day.”

Ms Hawkins also thanked the residents and their families. “You are the reason we continue to strive for excellence in meeting your needs,” said Ms Hawkins. “Thank you again for opening your home to us today and for celebrating with us.”  

Main image: Abri resident Sofia Wuromus joins in the celebrations

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