Carine: Opal Aged Care to cater for ageing population

Opal Carine resident June Atkinson and physiotherapist Aditi Chaudhari.
Opal Carine resident June Atkinson and physiotherapist Aditi Chaudhari.

AN aged care facility has opened in Carine to cater for the area’s growing number of older people.

Opal Aged Care’s $44 million development on Silica Road accommodates 145 residents, offering permanent, short-term and dementia specific care.

The facility has two memory support wings and memory gardens, and a retail space for a cafe and hairdressing salon.

State general manager Daymon Joseph said the number of people aged from 70 to 100 in the area had increased by 48 per cent in the past five years.

“The Stirling region also currently has 2545 people living with dementia, and as the community grows and ages this number is expected to rise, with a startling 279 per cent increase in diagnosis expected by 2050,” he said.

“Our ongoing partnership with Dementia Australia ensures Opal staff members are trained in best practice dementia care, so that they are equipped to understand and cater to the needs of every individual in care.”

Stirling MHR Michael Keenan attended the official opening of the facility and welcomed the greater choice and access to care it offered.