High tech aged care home to open in Como


A place to call home: Resident Winifred Finlayson with Berrington managing director Greg Gillingham.
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A place to call home: Resident Winifred Finlayson with Berrington managing director Greg Gillingham. Picture: Jon Hewson �������www.communitypix.com.au d470198

BERRINGTON Age Group is using the latest technology at its facility in Como to help residents connect with their families.

The organisation’s Como facility – its second – is set to open in July.

It cost $60 million.

Berrington Age Group chief executive Glen Gillingham said entertainment systems that enabled families to upload photos and videos and could be accessed by residents on their televisions were among the perks of the facility.

“The photos will only be accessible at the back end through a unique password and it will allow for photos and memories to be shared,” he said.

“The doors can be opened through card access, a bit like a hotel, because dexterity and finding the right key can be an issue for residents.

“For most aged care facilities the luxury stops at the front door but we wanted to carry on the aesthetics through the place.

“Residents have their own fridges, kitchens and dining areas and will have enough room to entertain.”

Mr Gillingham said the project began after a need for more aged care facilities was identified.

“This location was picked out because we felt there was a need for an aged care facility here,” he said.

Among the people moving in is long-time City of South Perth resident Winifred Finlayson (94), who said she was excited about it.

“I still have family and old neighbours who live in the area so it will be easier for them to visit me,” she said.

“I also attend Lifestreams Christian Church which is close by and it means I can see my church friends.”

There will be two open days – on July 1 and 2 – between 2pm and 4pm.

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