Hundreds attend Aged Care Open Day

Esperance Aged Care Facility board members at the Community Open Day on Saturday, July 20. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Esperance Aged Care Facility board members at the Community Open Day on Saturday, July 20. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

More than 300 people took to the Esperance Aged Care Facility for its Community Open Day on Saturday, July 20, to take a sneak peak at its newest wing.

The wing officially opened in March this year with 34 spacious new rooms, 17 of which are purpose-built to care for those living with dementia, as well as fully-equipped kitchens and large common areas.

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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.

The not-for-profit facility has expanded several times since its establishment in the late 1970s, with the new wing bringing the facility's capacity up to 114 residents.

The upgrades were made possible as a result of the community support the facility has received, as well as a significant amount of money was raised by both the Rotary Club of Esperance and the Rotary Club of Esperance Bay.

Ms Hawkins said the open day also included information for those looking for employment opportunities in the growing aged care sector, with the new wing still yet to secure the necessary staff.

"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.

"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."