Juniper, a Uniting Church WA agency providing residential and community aged care, has opened its latest residential aged care service in one of the metropolitan area’s most rapidly ageing suburban areas.
Vaughan Harding, Juniper Chief Executive, said in the next 20 years the number of people aged over 70 years in the Gosnells-Armadale area is expected to grow by more than 115 percent to nearly 26,000.
Opening Juniper Hayloft residential care facility in Martin yesterday, Vaughan said the new centre brings 100 much-needed additional high care beds to Perth’s south-east.
“The Gosnells-Armadale area takes in more than 177,000 people or 7.2 percent of WA’s total population with an annual population growth of 58 per cent in the south-east, exceeding the 40 percent growth predicted for Perth and the remainder of the State,” he said.
“Juniper Hayloft is the expression of the positive future we envisage to respond to the needs of older people in Western Australia and for the Gosnells-Armadale community we embed this service as an intrinsic part of the local community.
“In addition to bringing more care places to one of our largest metropolitan catchment areas, Juniper Hayloft will provide employment and career opportunities for more than 120 staff including carers, allied health workers, nursing staff and managers who are required to operate the facility 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.”
Juniper Hayloft is part of the organisation’s strategic intent to double its capacity to meet the needs of WA’s ageing population and involves the delivery of over 450 new residential aged care beds, including: A 36-place residential and community care facility, Juniper Gerdewoonem, opened in Kununurra last month; this 100-bed facility in Gosnells; a 100 bed facility now under construction in Lockyer near Albany, expected to open early 2019; the renewal of Juniper Chrystal Halliday in Karrinyup to bring 120 beds in 2019; and new services in the northern suburbs.
Vaughan said Juniper Hayloft will provide contemporary accommodation in which residents can live comfortably with appropriate care to their last days. Its amenities include accommodation, a fresh cook kitchen and open plan dining areas, lounge rooms, children’s playground, activities and alfresco areas, a medical consulting room and nurses’ treatment room. Suitable farm animals will be added at an appropriate time.
Designed to reflect the area’s semi-rural character and the site’s former use for horse agistment, Juniper Hayloft was designed by T & Z Architects and built by Crothers Construction. The $25 million project was funded by Juniper.
Juniper Hayloft was opened on 4 July by the Juniper Board Chair Fred Boshart and the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP and was dedicated by Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA.