Fassifern Aged Care Service development to commence

We are delighted to announce commencement of works on the Fassifern Aged Care Service development on Harold Stark Avenue, Boonah.

Work will begin on 1 April, with site establishment commencing on 25 March.

The $23.3million project will include a new 64-bed residential aged care facility, landscaped gardens, a central courtyard and a man-made lake.

It will replace the existing nursing home which currently contains 40 beds and has a number of limitations restricting its ability to accommodate growing needs.

Development of a lake is included, partly to manage stormwater issues to allow the aged care facility to be built. An existing dam will be filled to enable the development. 

NCM are the building contractor and are an experienced group that Churches of Christ in Queensland has worked with on various aged care and community developments.

They will set up and secure the site and begin to create the new lake, drain the existing dam, clear vegetation, undertake soil remediation and begin earthworks.

Completion of construction of the building is planned for late-July 2020 and we are aiming to welcome residents’ late-August 2020.

Once the new building is complete and residents and staff have relocated, the old building will be demolished (this is expected between September and November 2020) and the area will be landscaped, until a decision is made for the best use of the land.

Churches of Christ in Queensland Executive Director of Services, Bryan Mason said residents and staff in the existing nursing home will be able to move to the new facility.

“Additional staff will be needed given the increase in size of the new accommodation and we expect to create new opportunities for qualified health professionals, registered nurses, personal care workers and hospitality staff,” Mr Mason said.

The Fassifern Service includes the unique ‘cottage’ model of care that is being adopted across all Churches of Christ Care’s new residential aged care developments.

“The cottage model creates a warm, home-like feel with separate areas, while providing as much care and support as needed.

“The main lounge, living room and dining space in each cottage will provide a number of smaller spaces for people to relax with family and friends, along with a quiet reading area.

“The service will be equipped with the latest technologies to support clinical and personal care in a modern environment, yet its unique cottage design will maintain its homelike feel.

“Each cottage will have 16 private rooms, each with ensuites, and a variety of lounge, living and dining areas and access to outside spaces. Residents and their family members will be able to select their own breakfast options and prepare tea and coffee during the day.

“Our seniors living services ensure the social, spiritual, emotional and functional aspects of a person’s life are nurtured, and where they can experience a sense of belonging, meaning and purpose.

“Our focus will be on maintaining quality services and lifestyles for current residents during the construction period,” Mr Mason said.

Churches of Christ will continue to assess the demand for further development in the region.

“Churches of Christ is committed to remote, rural and regional communities and that senior Queenslanders’ care needs are met in Boonah and the Granite Belt,” Mr Mason said.

Posted March 15, 2019 in News