Aged Care Facility to host Community Open Day

Esperance Aged Care Facility board chairman Richard Fowler receives a cheque of $220,000 from Rotary Club of Esperance president Rob Gurney and Rotary Club of Esperance Bay president Heather James. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Esperance Aged Care Facility board chairman Richard Fowler receives a cheque of $220,000 from Rotary Club of Esperance president Rob Gurney and Rotary Club of Esperance Bay president Heather James. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The Esperance Aged Care Facility is set to host a Community Open Day this Saturday, July 20, in celebration of its newest wing and the community support that made it possible.

The new wing officially opened in March this year with 34-rooms, 17 of which are purpose-built to care for those living with dementia.

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Now that the new wing has been furnished, and residents will soon be admitted, facility board member Toni Hawkins said the board wanted to give the community an opportunity to come and have a look.

"Esperance Aged Care is a community not-for-profit facility," she said.

"We're very conscious of the fact that the community have supported the facility over many, many years.

"Anything that the facility makes goes back into improving and expanding the facility itself.

"We're always planning for the future of the aged community of Esperance.

"A significant amount of money was raised by both the Rotary Club of Esperance and the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay through a grain drive over the harvest season and that greatly assisted with furnishing the new wing and that sort of thing.

"We'd love for everyone in the community with an interest to come along."

The facility was established in the late 1970s after the Rotary Clubs recognised a need for aged care within the community.

Ms Hawkins said the facility had since expanded just about every decade, with the new wing bringing the facility's capacity up to 114 residents.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 229,500 people entered residential aged care, home care or transition care in 2017/28 - an increase of 42 per cent in less than a decade.

The open day will include information for those considering entering aged care for themselves or a loved one, as well as employment and volunteer opportunities for the growing aged care sector.

"Aged care is a growing industry, we all know that we have an aging population," Ms Hawkins said.

"There is always employment opportunities for carers, nurses, homemakers, and cleaners.

"We'll also have some information for those that are keen to get involved and volunteer.

"There are a lot of people around that have an affinity with the elderly and like to hear their stories and value the contributions that they've made over the years to their communities.

"We cannot thank the community enough for the contributions they have made in the past and continue to make to the facility.

"Our ethos is that it is our residents' home, their needs are our primary concern.

"The people that work at the aged care facility really become family to the residents and the residents become their family, too."

The open day will be held at the Esperance Aged Care Facility from 11am until 2pm on Saturday, July 20, with a sausage sizzle lunch.

Attendees are able to enter the facility from Eyre Street.