High tech aged care home to open

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

BERRINGTON Age Group is us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy at its fa­cil­ity in Como to help res­i­dents con­nect with their fam­i­lies.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Como fa­cil­ity – its sec­ond – is set to open in July. It cost $60 mil­lion. Berrington Age Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Glen Gilling­ham said en­ter­tain­ment sys­tems that en­abled fam­i­lies to up­load photos and videos and could be ac­cessed by res­i­dents on their tele­vi­sions were among the perks of the fa­cil­ity.

“The photos will only be ac­ces­si­ble at the back end through a unique pass­word and it will al­low for photos and mem­o­ries to be shared,” he said.

“The doors can be opened through card ac­cess, a bit like a ho­tel, be­cause dex­ter­ity and find­ing the right key can be an is­sue for res­i­dents.

“For most aged care fa­cil­i­ties the lux­ury stops at the front door but we wanted to carry on the aes­thet­ics through the place.

“Res­i­dents have their own fridges, kitchens and din­ing ar­eas and will have enough room to en­ter­tain.”

Mr Gilling­ham said the project be­gan af­ter a need for more aged care fa­cil­i­ties was iden­ti­fied.

“This lo­ca­tion was picked out be­cause we felt there was a need for an aged care fa­cil­ity here,” he said.

Among the peo­ple mov­ing in is long-time City of South Perth res­i­dent Winifred Fin­layson (94), who said she was ex­cited about it.

“I still have fam­ily and old neigh­bours who live in the area so it will be eas­ier for them to visit me,” she said.

“I also at­tend Lifestreams Chris­tian Church which is close by and it means I can see my church friends.”

There will be two open days – on July 1 and 2 – be­tween 2pm and 4pm.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470198

A place to call home: Res­i­dent Winifred Fin­layson with Berrington man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Greg Gilling­ham.

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