Sod turned on Villa Carramar extension

A leading not-for-profit seniors living provider today turned the sod on multimillion dollar works at a Stanthorpe aged care service.

Villa Carramar, operated by Churches of Christ in Queensland since 2014, will undergo a $14.5million extension over the next 16 months.

Residents from Villa Carramar watched on as the sod was turned using the same shovel that turned the sod on the original construction of the Stanthorpe service.

Chief Executive Officer Dean Phelan said the extension to Villa Carramar marks an exciting step in the organisation’s strengthening commitment to seniors in Stanthorpe and the Southern Downs region.

“Expanding the service we provide at Stanthorpe was on our radar from when we first looked at purchasing Carramar,” Mr Phelan said.

“When the only other provider of aged care in town closed down last year, we knew we had to act, and thankfully we can now commence work towards the provision of an additional 68 aged care places.”

The extension involves the construction of 68 rooms, with the new wings linked to the existing building. Additionally the existing 16 room wing will receive alterations and refurbishment to match the overall development.

The cottage style extension has been meticulously planned to suit both the local climate and also the unique needs of locals. It will feature cottage style accommodation incorporating dementia design principles.

New features include a beautifully landscaped central courtyard, a café and multi-function community space. Pathways throughout the courtyard will lead residents and visitors past themed gardens that reflect the local Stanthorpe character enhanced by water features, garden art and raised garden beds.

“What we are providing here is not only much needed specialised residential aged care, but an enhanced sense of community,” Mr Phelan said.

“The space within the completed Villa Carramar will help residents stay connected with loved ones, and also participate in a greater range of activities”.

Once completed in early 2018, the Alice Street service will provide care for 106 seniors, a clear demonstration of Churches of Christ in Queensland’s commitment to the region.

The 132 year old organisation operates 28 residential aged care services throughout Queensland (26) and Victoria (2) branded as Churches of Christ Care. Also under this banner are 22 retirement villages across the two states.

One of the largest and most diverse not-for-profit organisations in Queensland, Churches of Christ in Queensland already has a significant presence throughout the south-west of the state. This includes early childhood, child protection, retirement living, churches and missional services, community care and residential aged care services supporting communities from Ipswich in the east, south to Inglewood, west to Cunnamulla and north to Blackall.

Posted September 12, 2016 in News