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Two well known providers – one in NSW and the other in WA – have just opened the doors of their new residential aged care facilities.

Above: A exterior shot of the new Amana Living Lesmurdie (Parry House) in WA

By Yasmin Noone

A new ‘affordable’ retirement living community has been opened in the West Australian suburb of Lesmurdie by Amana Living, with the help of federal government stimulus package money.

The new community, a product of a venture between the Department of Housing and Amana Living Lesmurdie (Parry House), offers one and two-bedroom units, a guest house for visitors, a large community centre and eco-friendly gardens.

CEO of Amana Living, Ray Glickman, said the government funding package enabled his organistion to further pursue its mission which is “to serve people from all walks of life”.

“By partnering with the Department of Housing through State stimulus funding, we have been able to help meet the current shortage of affordable age-friendly housing in the Hills area,” Mr Glickman said.

Department of Housing Director General, Grahame Searle, said public-private partnerships played a key role in increasing the supply and diversity of affordable housing opportunities for Western Australians.

“The Department is committed to establishing long-term, effective partnerships with community housing organisations and aged care providers to offer wider and more suitable housing options for seniors as their circumstances change,” Mr Searle said.

“Amana Living (Lesmurdie) is an excellent example of the outstanding outcomes that can be accomplished when government and the private sector work together.”

The project involved renovating and refurbishing the 1960s Amana Living Lesmurdie (Parry House), keeping only the original shell of what was once a set of units.

Above: A kitchen in one of the units

The 38 one-bed and six two-bed units now have completely new interior flooring, furnishings, fittings and appliances – including brand new kitchens and bathrooms. The community centre has also been renovated, to include a large kitchen, hairdresser, library, physiotherapy room, craft room and dance floor.

Landscaping includes an innovative biosystem, which treats waste water and recycles it to reticulate the gardens, which are designed for easy maintenance and sustainability.

New Bupa aged care facility opens

The new $30 million Bupa aged care facility in the Sydney south-west suburb of Bankstown officially opened for business earlier this week, with the first group of residents now living on-site.

Developed by the international aged and health care provider to meet the needs of the local ageing population, the development will offer care and services for 144 residents with choices of high care, low care, dementia care and extra service.

The new facility, built on the site of the former Yagoona Bowling Club, incorporates five care units offering predominantly single ensuited accommodation, large internal courtyards, communal living areas and themed living spaces to encourage engagement and interaction.

Bupa, an internationally owned healthcare group, is Australia’s largest privately managed health insurance group and a major aged care provider. It operates 48 residential aged care homes and provides care for 4,000 older residents nation-wide.

Anyone interested in touring the new facility should contact its general manager, Helen Fredericks, on 02 8700 0300.

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