WELCOMING NEW RESIDENTS: Churches of Christ regional manager Donna Hart, Warwick service manager Megan Minasi and executive director services Bryan Mason open the doors to the new aged care facilities.
WELCOMING NEW RESIDENTS: Churches of Christ regional manager Donna Hart, Warwick service manager Megan Minasi and executive director services Bryan Mason open the doors to the new aged care facilities. Nicole Zurcas

Warwick's new age care facility rolls out the welcome mat

SIXTEEN new residents will be the first people to move into a state-of-the-art aged care facility in Warwick.

The Churches of Christ Warwick campus, in Dragon St, adjacent to Regency Park Retirement Living, will be open in two weeks.

Eight cottages, each with 16 beds,will be available for use from September 3, along with a cafe, gym, hair salon, multi-purpose rooms and an auditorium .

With a total of 128 beds, the specially-designed campus will provide residents with a home-like environment, promoting independent living for the elderly.

Churches of Christ executive director of services Bryan Mason said the Warwick campus was distinctive when compared to most aged care facilities.

"We have worked very hard in the planning phase to ensure the campus feels as homely as possible,” Mr Mason said.

"Residents are encouraged to take part in everyday activities and we hope this empowers residents to be independent and complete activities they would have done at home.”

The cottages comprise 16 private bedrooms, a fully functional kitchen, shared living areas and personal voice-activated staff communication systems.

Residents can access to stimulating outdoor environments such as a barbecue area, men's shed, vegetable garden and chicken coop.

Gym facilities include the latest digitised equipment featuring computerised records.

"Data will be collected, tracking the residents' process and recording improvements,” Mr Mason said.

Services - including a beauty salon, multi-purpose rooms and auditorium - will be available for use by members of the public. "With a number of multi-purpose and consultation rooms, we encourage members of the community to utilise the space,” Mr Mason said.

Churches of Christ is recruiting more staff and estimates more than 130 employees will be needed to operate the 24-hour aged-care facility.



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