CONSTRUCTION of a new “state of the art” residential aged care facility on the corner of Gosnells Road West and Lewis Road in Martin has commenced.
Set to be completed in spring 2018, the Juniper residential care facility will provide 100 beds for a growing aged-care community and create jobs in the medical and health sector.
It is expected to cost $25 million and create approximately 120 new jobs, ranging from multi-skilled carers and allied health workers to nursing staff and management roles.
Juniper chief executive Vaughan Harding said the facility’s innovative amenities would make it capable of looking after a wide range of people.
“This will be the state of the art facility when it’s developed, so the knowledge and experience we’ve gained over decades of activity will be bought to bear in the design and development of this service,” he said.
“It will have the capability to look after people who are very sick and frail and also other people who have illnesses like dementia, so this facility is going to be well designed to meet the needs of those members of the community for whom the home options have failed.
“For those people, having a facility which is well-thought through and well-designed, which enhances their independence as far as possible is what we’re trying to bring to bare with this new facility.”
Mr Harding said Juniper had long identified Martin as a place in need of improved aged care facilities.
“We have a feel for the demand and needs in that location and we felt the timing was about right to start to develop what is a semi-rural area but in the long-term will become a more residential area,” he said.
“We’re also aware of the pent-up demand for services in the hills and we thought this location is not too far away from where many of those residents are living at the moment.
“We’ve held the land for more than a decade and the planning for this project would’ve started about three years ago.
“Development in that area has been a bit slower than we were anticipating, but we have a very clear view about its future.”
He said the facility would embrace Martin’s history in its design to make it feel part of the community.
“Whenever we come to a new community, we have a look at what are the features of that community, what does it feel like and we try and reflect a design which is in sympathy with that community
“We made sure the design reflects the horse industry in a contextual sense, the outline of the stable, there will be white horse fencing around the side and we will have some artwork that reflects horses as well.
“Hopefully the local community can relate to that and it’s consistent with something they’re familiar with and will be very hopeful in them seeing this is a part of our community and response to the needs of older members of the community.”