HEART OF COAST EX­PAND­ING

CBD ISN’T THE ONLY EX­CIT­ING NEWS, AS AGED CARE FA­CIL­ITY READIES TO OPEN ITS DOORS

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A $40 mil­lion aged care fa­cil­ity in Ma­roochy­dore’s heart is tipped to cre­ate 150 jobs, with 30 of those al­ready in the re­cruit­ment stage.

Na­tional com­pany Es­tia Health is in the fi­nal stages of build­ing the 126-bed, dou­ble-storey aged care home which will have a hair­dress­ing sa­lon, in-house cin­ema, pri­vate din­ing room and cafe.

The fa­cil­ity is due to open to per­ma­nent and short-term respite aged care res­i­dents on Au­gust 26, and will ex­pand Es­tia’s Sun­shine Coast foot­print which in­cludes fa­cil­i­ties in Twin Wa­ters, Mt Coolum and Nam­bour.

It will in­crease its na­tional pres­ence to 69 fa­cil­i­ties.

Es­tia said the fa­cil­ity would also meet de­mand for peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia by pro­vid­ing an 18-bed mem­ory sup­port unit to de­liver a “safe and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment”.

Other high­lights in­clude daily life­style ac­tiv­i­ties, con­sul­ta­tion rooms for vis­it­ing health pro­fes­sion­als and a well-equipped kitchen with a qual­i­fied chef and catering team serv­ing freshly cooked and nu­tri­tious meals.

Ms Hoey said while the team would even­tu­ally grow to 150 em­ploy­ees, Es­tia was fo­cused on se­cur­ing team mem­bers to care for the first res­i­dents.

“This in­cludes re­cruit­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced team of reg­is­tered nurses, who will be on site 24-7 and led by the home’s care di­rec­tor,” Ms Hoey said.

She brings with her 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a reg­is­tered nurse.

“I know how im­por­tant this clin­i­cal team is, and we are tak­ing the time to make sure we have the right mix of ded­i­cated and com­pas­sion­ate car­ers that share Es­tia’s val­ues,” she said.

The new Es­tia aged care devel­op­ment is in Sun­shine Cove, close to the town cen­tre and Sun­shine Plaza.

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