Blue Care announces big plans for Mackay
The Mackay community will benefit from an exciting $10 million redevelopment of a Blue Care residential aged care home.
Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said Mackay Regional Council had approved the redevelopment of the Homefield home at 87-95 George Street, and early works have begun on site.
"This exciting redevelopment will revitalise older buildings to create a modern environment for residents and staff," Ms Batten said.
"It will also provide a significant boost for the Mackay community, with more than 100 local tradespeople expected to be employed during the next 18-24 months for the building works.
"The new-look facility will comprise 56 refurbished bedrooms, with shared or single ensuites, plus a new 18-bed Memory Support Unit extension for the specialised care of people living with dementia.
"The redevelopment will feature contemporary dining and living areas, quiet rooms, a village green and landscaped courtyards extending off resident’s rooms, as well as the dining and living areas.
"A secure outdoor courtyard and sensory garden will be a key feature for residents of the memory support unit."
Ms Batten said Blue Care is funding the redevelopment with the support of funds from generous local donors and bequestors.
"The generosity of the local community will support the creation of an onsite day respite centre that can be used by residents at the residential aged care facility, as well as community clients.
"This supports Blue Care’s vision to consolidate our Mackay services onto the one site at Homefield, which will complement our person-centred service model, Blue CareTailor Made.
"The model commits us to providing clients with seamless access to our range of community, respite and residential services in Mackay and to ensuring the services are tailor made to their individual needs."
Early works have started on site, in preparation for the broader redevelopment due to commence in June.
"The new Homefield facility will aim to meet the ever-changing needs of the Mackay population, and the expectations of people requiring aged care now and into the future," Ms Batten said.
Blue Care has been a leading not-for-profit provider of residential aged care, community and respite services in Mackay for more than 50 years.
Blue Care Mackay Homefield Aged Care Facility officially opened in April, 1962. The history of the building dates back to 1957 when Alan and Enid Shepherd from the then St Paul’s Presbyterian congregation donated 5000 pounds towards the establishment of a centre in Mackay to house and care for the aged.
Further afield across North Queensland, Blue Care offers services in an area that covers from Thursday Island in the north and west to Mt Isa. Last year Blue Care welcomed the first families to its Cape York Family Centre near Cooktown. A new, replacement aged care home in Townsville is currently under construction.
About Blue Care:
Blue Care is uniquely positioned as one of Australia’s leading residential aged care, community care and retirement living providers. It is founded on a compassionate approach to care and its reputation is built on its highly experienced team who work in more than 260 centres, in 80 communities across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Blue Care is a not-for-profit organisation and service group of UnitingCare Queensland, which is part of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. For more information visit www.bluecare.org.au or call 1300 258 322.