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Residents have right to freedom of choice: Minister

Aged care providers have been reminded of their responsibilities to enable care recipients the right to have their medication supplied by a pharmacy of their choice following reports of clients paying higher-than-normal fees for pharmaceuticals.

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Final stage of Aveo flagship community approved

Aveo Group has started the year with some good news after receiving approval to build an aged care facility at its retirement community, The Clayfield, in Brisbane. Aveo CEO Geoff Grady said the $27 million, 105-bed facility is the final stage of the flagship community. “This is the final piece of The Clayfield’s puzzle and we’re looking forward to delivering a state-of-the-art Residential Aged Care Facility for the residents of this thriving community so they can age in place,” he told News Limited last week. “This will be a community for life so that residents can remain among their neighbours...

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SwanCare gets go-ahead for third Bentley Park development

SwanCare has been given the green light for its third residential aged care facility in the Perth suburb of Bentley Park. The redevelopment of what is a former aged care home will result in a new four storey, 147-bed facility set to offer a different style of service, according to SwanCare CEO Graham Francis. The four level plus basement facility, which is part of the wider multi-million dollar upgrade to SwanCare’s Bentley Park site, incorporates dementia-specific aged care design, clearly defined shared and private spaces for both staff and residents and a diverse range of indoor and outdoor amenities....

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HammondCare awarded major grant for Darlinghurst project

Major Australian philanthropic foundation, The Ian Potter Foundation, has awarded the HammondCare Darlinghurst project $2.5 million across five years towards the construction and running of its aged home for older people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. HammondCare Chief Executive Dr Stephen Judd welcomed the grant as a significant boost for the capital campaign, towards building the $20 million project. The City of Sydney has committed $1.5 million towards the project. “This is very exciting for the Darlinghurst project and I thank The Ian Potter Foundation for its generous support and commitment to the aged homeless in Sydney,” Dr Judd said. Mr Charles Goode, Chair of the Ian Potter Foundation, said The Foundation was delighted to support such a unique, innovative model. “The Foundation supports and promotes projects that are innovative and facilitate social change. We are hopeful that HammondCare Darlinghurst facility will leverage future investment from the NSW State Government into similar projects that will help to restore dignity to older people who are homeless and who have complex health needs,” Mr Goode said. HammondCare Darlinghurst will provide long term residential aged care accommodation in private rooms for 42 men and women, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the area. It will incorporate specialist services for people with high care needs. Construction is underway with completion due in early 2019. The organisation is still seeking...

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Tonnes of food for Foodbank

Seasons Aged Care’s annual Foodbank fundraising and food drive has collected more than 45.5 tonnes of food for Foodbank. Since September 2017, all Seasons Aged Care communities have been holding fundraising events and a food drive where residents, staff and the general public donate a different pantry staple each week. Seasons Aged Care Chief Executive Officer Nick Loudon said that while the total is just shy of the organisation’s 50-tonne target, it represents a great effort by each of the communities. “When I set our 50-tonne target, I knew it was ambitious but I’m proud to say that thanks to the great work by each of our communities and their local areas, that we collected more than 45.5 tonnes of food,” said Mr Loudon. “Whether it was through donating at our community fundraising events such as family days and high teas, or bringing in a grocery item of the week, I thank all our staff, residents and the local community for their involvement and shared passion for the Foodbank cause.” Every item that was donated will allow Foodbank to help meet the growing demand for food relief in Australia. Last year 3.6 million Australians experienced food insecurity and 652,000 people receive food relief from Foodbank agencies every month – 27 per cent of those are children. This year, Seasons will be continuing its partnership with Foodbank and Mr Loudon...

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