WA’s largest single-site aged care and retirement living provider - Bentley-based SwanCare - is a step closer to the development of a proposed new aged care facility, which is set to open its doors in 2019.
The not-for-profit organisation has been granted 120 new residential aged care bed places - sometimes referred to as bed licenses - in this year’s federal government Aged Care Assessment Round (ACAR), which the organisation will allocate to its proposed new facility.
SwanCare Chief Executive Officer Graham Francis says the organisation is genuinely delighted to have been awarded the places, in what was an extremely competitive process, with only 403 new bed licenses being allocated within the available category.
“The new 120 bed places will go towards meeting increased demand for residential care places in the local area,” Mr Francis says.
“To have received 30 per cent of the available bed places on offer is a very flattering indication that SwanCare is seen as one of the best providers of aged care in our State.
“Certainly we’re committed to the aged care needs of our local community and we’re very excited to be a step closer to our proposed major redevelopment, which will not only meet the rising care needs of the community, but will also create new employment opportunities.”
Data supplied by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows a steady increase in West Australians aged 70 plus in the Metro South East area of Perth with an average of 218 additional nursing home beds projected to be required each year from 2018 to 2027.
“We’re very grateful to the federal government for awarding SwanCare what is the second highest number of general access bed places allocated to any aged care provider in the State, and we feel this endorses the high standard of care for which we are known,” Mr Francis adds.
“There continues to be an increasing requirement for nursing home beds in our area, and we’re totally committed to working through the future logistics in relation to our development, to enable us to start work next year on what we hope will be a multimillion-dollar, first-class new aged care facility for Bentley.”
The proposed SwanCare development will increase SwanCare Bentley Park’s current availability of 280 residential care places to a total of 400.