Em­bed­ded in Martin

100-BED AGED CARE FA­CIL­ITY BUILD STARTS

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Front Page - Ben Smith

CON­STRUC­TION of a new “state-of-theart” res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity on the cor­ner of Gos­nells Road West and Lewis Road in Martin has started.

Set to be com­pleted in spring 2018, the Ju­niper res­i­den­tial care fa­cil­ity will pro­vide 100 beds for a grow­ing aged-care com­mu­nity and cre­ate jobs in the med­i­cal and health sec­tor.

It is ex­pected to cost $25 mil­lion and cre­ate about 120 new jobs, rang­ing from mul­ti­skilled car­ers and al­lied health work­ers to nurs­ing staff and man­age­ment roles.

Ju­niper chief ex­ec­u­tive Vaughan Hard­ing said the fa­cil­ity's in­no­va­tive ameni­ties would make it ca­pa­ble of look­ing af­ter a wide range of peo­ple.

“This will be a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity when it's de­vel­oped, so the knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence we've gained over decades of ac­tiv­ity will be brought to bear in the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of this ser­vice,” he said.

“It will have the ca­pa­bil­ity to look af­ter peo­ple who are very sick and frail and also other peo­ple who have ill­nesses like de­men­tia, so this fa­cil­ity is go­ing to be well de­signed to meet the needs of those mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for whom the home op­tions have failed.

“Hav­ing a fa­cil­ity which is well thought through and well-de­signed which en­hances their in­de­pen­dence as far as pos­si­ble is what we’re try­ing to bring to bear.”

Mr Hard­ing said they had long iden­ti­fied Martin as a place in need of im­proved aged care fa­cil­i­ties.

“We have a feel for the de­mand and needs in that lo­ca­tion and we felt the tim­ing was about right to start to de­velop what is a semi-ru­ral area but in the long term will be­come a more res­i­den­tial area,” he said.

“We’re also aware of the pent-up de­mand for ser­vices in the Hills and we thought this lo­ca­tion is not too far away from where many of those res­i­dents are liv­ing at the mo­ment.

“We’ve held the land for more than a decade and the plan­ning for this project would’ve started about three years ago.

“De­vel­op­ment in that area has been a bit slower than we were an­tic­i­pat­ing, but we have a very clear view about its fu­ture.”

He said the fa­cil­ity would em­brace Martin’s his­tory in its de­sign to make it feel part of the com­mu­nity.

“When­ever we come to a new com­mu­nity, we have a look at what are the fea­tures of that com­mu­nity, what does it feel like and we try and re­flect a de­sign which is in sym­pa­thy with that com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We made sure the de­sign re­flects the horse in­dus­try in a con­tex­tual sense: the out­line of the sta­ble, there will be white horse fenc­ing around the side and we will have some art­work that re­flects horses as well.

“Hope­fully the lo­cal com­mu­nity can re­late to that and it’s con­sis­tent with some­thing they’re fa­mil­iar with and will be very hope­ful in them see­ing this is a part of our com­mu­nity and re­sponds to the needs of older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.”

An artist's im­pres­sion of the new Martin aged care fa­cil­ity.

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