An $8 million investment to care for dementia
Noosa’s aged care bed shortage will soon have some “breathing space” as the first sod is turned on the NoosaCare’s $8 million Carramar investment for the local community.
Mayor Clare Stewart joined NoosaCare president Ann Harrap and CEO Megan D’Elton to do the honours for the beginning of construction oof a 32 bed, two-storey residential building and a new welcome centre for people living with dementia and their families.
Ms D’Elton said NoosaCare aims to be the leading provider on the Sunshine Coast of accommodation and themed gardens specifically designed for people living with dementia.
“The majority of our residents come from the Noosa, Tewantin and Cooroy areas and we have always been well supported by the community, so it is important to us to be responsive to local needs,” she said.
“While we are funding the new development through our own resources we are always looking to go over and above our excellent care and services.
“We’re just excitied to be offering the community the 32 beds. Donations and council grants towards our project, particularly the gardens, would significantly enhance our ability to really do the extraordinary for those who call NoosaCare home,” Ms D’Elton said.
The care provider has consulted closely with Dementia Australia – the national peak body for people of all ages living with dementia to achieve its aim of industry leading outcomes.
Ms D’Elton said NoosaCare’s own research and that of other experts around the world highlighted the importance of well-designed spaces and gardens in maintaining capabilities and providing meaningful engagement with the natural environment for people living with dementia.
She said despite the difficult economic circumstances, NoosaCare was committed to providing a quality service and meeting the high level of demand for dementia services in the Sunshine Coast community.
Last year Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced NoosaCare had received 49 bed allocations for the Carramar Hostel, Noosa.
“Each of these new places will mean local seniors and their families can have more confidence, knowing they have future care options in locations as close as possible to the communities they know and love,” Mr O’Brien said
“Wide Bay has a rapidly ageing population so it is fantastic to have this commitment for new bed allocations,” he said.
NoosaCare has gone ahead in leaps and bounds since the idea for an aged care home was met with enormous enthusiasm and a surprising number of attendees at the first official committee meeting held in Tewantin.
At this gathering a borrowed hat was reportedly passed round with $10 tossed in as the first donation.
A 2018 Noosa News article said Harry Davis, the owner of a large parcel of land situated near the Tewantin Golf Course, sold to the Noosa Council for the sole purpose that it would be developed specifically for Aged Care.
This land was then donated from the Noosa Council to the committee with all necessary documentation of ownership with the first lodge built and opened in 1984.
In 2006 Carramar (an aboriginal word meaning “in the shade of the tree”) amalgamated with Kabara- (Kabara – meaning “a place to rest”) to create the current NoosaCare Inc banner.
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