In opening the Juniper Charles Jenkins Transition Care service in Bentley, Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said the 60 bed facility will deliver a first class service helping older Western Australians through a vital phase in their recovery from illness.
“This highly significant service will help relieve pressure on the public hospital system and most importantly will support older people with the best possible nursing and allied healthcare,” he said.
“We will help people to return to health and an independent life wherever possible, and otherwise help them transition into the most appropriate form of care and support for their individual needs, be that in their own home or in residential care.”
The $5 million project involved a complete revitalisation of the Juniper Charles Jenkins building, a former care facility on the grounds of Juniper Rowethorpe in Bentley.
In addition to providing short-term residential care accommodation, residents will be fully supported by trained nursing and care staff and have access to a suite of allied healthcare services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social and pastoral care workers. Residents and families will also benefit from the range of services and amenities available within the wider campus including cafés, a medical practice, pharmacy and community centre.
“With this project Juniper is partnering with the State Government to make more effective use of acute care beds, but we are also responding to the growing need for more permanent residential aged care services,” Vaughan said.
Juniper Charles Jenkins, Transition Care is part of Juniper’s strategic plan to double its capacity to respond to community need that will deliver, among other things, an additional 450 aged care beds across Perth and regional WA.
This new transition care service was officially opened by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health Hon Roger Cook MLA and Juniper Board Chair Mr Fred Boshart on Monday 7 August 2017.