Project Description

Fast Facts

Residential

Our 17 residential aged care centres provide a broad range of services including:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Care for people with dementia
  • End of life care
  • Respite support
  • Social and lifestyle programs
0
residents
0%
residents
are female
0
the average
resident age
0%
residents with a diagnosis of dementia

Highlights From The Year

The Gracewood Centre Opens

BaptistCare’s The Gracewood Centre in Kellyville was officially opened on 13 February 2017 delivering much needed aged care services to meet the increasing demand of Sydney’s Hills District.

The Hon. Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell, joined more than 50 guests to celebrate the completion of our innovative $35 million centre and to unveil the ceremonial plaque.

Our newest centre, boasting 138 spacious rooms, integrates the latest technology to ensure round the clock support and assistance for all residents, including 24 hour onsite registered nurses, and skilled and professional care staff.

Unique features also include a café that overlooks subtropical landscaped gardens, hair and beauty salon, therapy spa, chapel, covered terraces, and facilities for family gatherings.

Each room is comfortably furnished with ample storage, quality fittings, built-in ceiling hoists, free Wi-Fi and SMART TVs.

New Look Orana Centre Unveiled

BaptistCare Orana Centre celebrated its stunning new look with a fun-filled Open Day on Saturday 26 November 2016.

Local radio stars and special guests Rabbit and Julie Goodwin featured in a live broadcast from Star 104.5 FM on the day, marking the completion of a $23 million, two year redevelopment project which has transformed the Central Coast aged care centre.

The new-look BaptistCare Orana Centre offers 116 contemporary rooms and premium features including a new coffee shop, hair salon, wellness centre and state of the art kitchen for cooking fresh on-site.

On The Airwaves With Radio Maranoa

There was fresh new talent on the airways of 88.3FM Radio Maranoa on Wednesday mornings, with primary students from St Joseph’s Catholic School delivering the news, weather, jokes and live music across BaptistCare Maranoa Centre’s in-house radio station in Alstonville.

Our Northern Rivers residents have relished the enthusiasm and talent the school radio club delivers, tuning in to support the students who write, sing, and present their own content.

The narrowcast signal is strong enough for students at the adjacent school to tune in and listen to their classmate’s program too.

Inaugural Palliative Care Conference

In May 2017 we hosted the Palliative Care In Aged Care Conference, to celebrate and share our Palliative Approach with aged care workers from across the State.

Keynote speakers included Dr Frank Brennan from St George and Calvary Hospitals, Dr Elspeth Correy, Palliative Medicine Specialist and Dr Tim Luckett, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health at University of Technology Sydney.

The conference content, and our organisational palliative approach, was first born back in 2015, when we responded to the challenge presented by the Commonwealth Government’s Palliative Approach Toolkit, calling on aged care providers to increase the capacity within residential aged care to deliver support and care to residents with life-limiting illnesses.

Stories of Me Dementia Forum

Advocate, author and international speaker, Kate Swaffer, encouraged everyone to ‘see the person, not the dementia’ as she shared her stories of dementia from the inside out at our 2016 Dementia Forum, held in Sydney in September.

An expert of the lived experience, Kate captivated 200 delegates as she discussed her diagnosis of younger onset dementia at the age of 49 and her ensuing commitment to raising awareness of the human cost of dementia, as well as breaking down the stigma and myths to improve the care and quality of life for people living with dementia and their families.

“We are mothers, fathers, lovers, daughters, wives or husbands, employees or employers, friends, grandmothers, aunties,” she said. “It is a tragedy that so many only see our deficits.”

BaptistCare volunteer, carer and dementia advocate, Alan Gravolin, also shared his personal story of his wife Lyn’s life as an artist over the past 20 years and their experience with the onset of dementia.

Time Travelling With Technology

We participated in research with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University, to investigate the benefits of immersive technology in dementia care and cognitive decline in the ageing community.

Google Liquid Galaxy displays were used as part of a six-week program of “Reminiscence Therapy”, whereby researchers use applications like Google Maps and Street View to steer a course through a series of landmarks to trigger memories and emotions in people with dementia, and seniors who may have experienced some long-term memory loss.

The research studies were conducted at the former BaptistCare Yallambi Centre and the BaptistCare Waldock Centre in Carlingford, and now at BaptistCare The Gracewood Centre in Kellyville, where the Google Liquid Display technology was set up.

Commemorating BaptistCare Carlingford

Our Carlingford site holds an incredibly special place in our history as the birthplace of our very first aged care centre – or Elderly Ladies Home, as it was known at the time.

After 64 years of service, we said farewell and decommissioned BaptistCare Yallambi Centre and Court, Waldock Centre, Hayfield Court and Village, and the Robertson Centre.

To commemorate this special site, a thanksgiving service was held on 7 February 2017 at BaptistCare Robertson Centre, for previous and current staff, volunteers and supporters.

Many residents from the site were relocated to our new BaptistCare Gracewood Centre at Kellyville, and plans are underway to prepare the site for future use.

Related Stories

Men’s Sheds & High Tea

Activities are so important to our residents. “They’ve always got something going on,” says Heather.

Just a bigger home

“Mum’s time in BaptistCare has been phenomenal,” says Marcella’s son, Peter.

Brenda and Wally

“BaptistCare does in all sincerity give me peace of mind,” says Brenda.