A NEW residential aged care precinct in High Wycombe is due to open in December.
Once completed Karingal Green Aged Care Precinct will offer high-level, 24/7 care services in accordance with world’s best practice and include 160 beds dedicated to caring for those with all levels of aged care needs.
There will also be specialist services for eight young disabled residents, four severely disabled residents, eight residents with Parkinson’s disease and 14 with severe dementia.
Construction of the Hall & Prior-owned and operated project, which is on Hawkevale Rd, started in June this year.
Karingal Green will also be home to an education, learning and development centre along with an auditorium.
Hall & Prior chief executive officer Graeme Prior said Karingal Green would be a purpose-built space for healing and soothing the soul, with access to state-of-the-art amenities including a therapeutic pool, wellness centre, gymnasium, café, cinema and a primary and allied health clinic.
On Wednesday, October 10 Premier Mark McGowan, Senior Australians and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt and Home Affairs Assistant Minister Linda Reynolds were on site to break ground.
Mr McGowan said the precinct would be a welcome addition to supporting Western Australia and its ageing population.
“Once built, Karingal Green through its standout facilities, is expected to offer a new and innovative approach to aged care in WA,’’ he said.
Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes welcomed the start of the project.
“The facility when completed will go a long way to providing much needed additional operational residential aged care beds for the district,’’ he said.
“But there remains a significant shortage of high needs residential aged care in the electorate of Kalamunda.
“I am very pleased that the WA government has taken steps to address the identification of suitable land for residential aged care by the establishment early this year of the interagency working group on aged care availability and to be an ex officio member of the group.”
The $90 million project has been supported by the federal Department of Health contributing $12m of capital funding support, $41m in senior debt from National Australia Bank and subordinated finance from the Fire and Emergency Services Superannuation Fund.