Anglicare has announced to staff, volunteers, residents and their families that Judy Cameron House in Beecroft will be redeveloped to meet the standard the organisation requires for residents and their Homes. The Anglicare board made the decision on Tuesday, 14 August.
The Beecroft residence was opened as a residential aged care facility in 1958 in a lovely old home with extensive grounds. In 2000, Anglicare restored and refurbished the heritage building to create a dementia care wing, and extended the Home to provide additional beds.
Another 18 years on, Judy Cameron House needs a substantial rebuild to meet the current market.
“In our experience, rebuilding aged care homes while they continue to operate is extremely disruptive, and negatively impacts our resident’s quality of life,” says Gavin Pretorius, Chief Operating Officer, Residential.
“Anglicare will begin closing Judy Cameron House from August onwards. This will allow residents to settle into their new Homes before Christmas. The home will finally close in December 2018.”
Construction is expected to take three to four years. In the meantime, the organisation is committed to supporting staff, volunteers and residents throughout the process.
Once the building is redeveloped, Judy Cameron House will be able to provide residential care, dementia care, and palliative care to the Beecroft community.
“The people connected to Judy Cameron House have made it a home for the residents for many years. We are in some ways family.
“The organisation understands the needs of residents and all connected with the home and will guarantee the choice of alternate accommodation at any one of our other 21 Homes with Anglicare Sydney. We will be covering all moving and relocation costs. We will also support residents to relocate to the Anglicare home of their choice in line with their care needs,” reassures Mr Pretorius.
“Any resident wishing to return to the reopened Judy Cameron House will be able to do so at no additional or changed cost.
“We will be talking to staff to redeploy them to Anglicare’s other Residential Care Homes or other areas of Anglicare.”
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