More than 130 jobs will be created when Toowoomba’s revolutionary new aged care facility opens next year.
Ozcare’s 150-bed facility near completion at Glenvale, in Toowoomba’s west, is incorporating state-of-the-art design features as demand for residential aged care shifts towards more privacy and staying connected.
Ozcare, a not-for-profit organisation, this month starts a recruitment process for full-time, part-time and casual staff that will include roles in clinical care, hospitality, domestic services, maintenance, gardening, administration and diversional therapy for dementia patients.
Ozcare’s Head of Aged Care, Lanna Ramsay, said a predicted increase in the prevalence of dementia in the Toowoomba region in the next seven years was set to have a significant impact on services.
New figures show more than 3000 people living with dementia in the Toowoomba region – this is expected to grow by one-third over the next 10 years.
“The national, state and local trends are driving the need for flexible aged care services in the Darling Downs region,” Ms Ramsay said.
“We’re now on the cusp of the ageing baby boomers - the largest generation of growth in the nation in the post war period.
“As a society, Australians like to live at home for as long as they can and Ozcare provides great home-based services, but there are times when they need to come into care because their carer is unwell or they are just too unwell to remain at home.”
According to latest statistics:
- University of Canberra statistics show the Federal seat of Groom has 3108 people living with dementia in 2018. This figure is expected to increase to 4062 in a decade and to double in 40 years.
- The predicted increase in the prevalence of dementia in the Toowoomba region will have a significant impact on services.
- Eight per cent of Toowoomba’s population is currently aged 75 or more.
Ms Ramsay said Ozcare currently provides home support for 862 people and their carers in the Toowoomba region and a further 158 people access the organisation’s dementia advisory service.
She said the new Glenvale facility would be staffed with clinical and registered nurses, care assistants, chefs, cooks, kitchen hands, servery staff, cleaners, gardeners, rostering and maintenance staff.
A free information session will also be held in February to invite volunteers to be part of the new facility. They will undergo police checks and trained as concierges, helping with the day-to-day activities within the facility and coffee shop.
“Our commitment is to employ as many people as we can from the local and surrounding areas,” Ms Ramsay said.
“Ozcare is an organisation that offers you career opportunity and we have the best interests of our clients whether they are community or residential-based.”
- 150-bed facility
- Two secure dementia wings (15 beds each)
- Residential respite care for people needing short-term care
- Retirement village to be built next door (co-located for continuum of care)
- Address: Greenwattle Street, Glenvale
- November 2018– Expressions of Interest for recruitment of staff
- January/February 2018 – Job interviews
- February 2019 – Building commissioned. Volunteer information sessions.
- Early April 2019 – Open Weekend.
- April 2019 – Doors open to first residents.