The official opening of Narangba Aged Care was held on Wednesday, 14th November and it was certainly something to celebrate!
As part of the ceremony, Allan Sutherland, Mayor of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and resident Veronica ‘Elsie’ Cooling officially opened the home. They unveiled the plaque, cut the ribbon and also the Narangba Aged Care cake. Elsie felt honoured to be part of the ceremony saying ‘she felt like royalty’.
The Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe welcomed everyone to the event and land, performing traditional dances, fire lighting, digeridoo playing and also local Kabi Kabi storytelling.
The ceremony was attended by residents and their family members, staff, volunteers, management and special guests. Moreton Bay Regional Council member Peter Flannery, and the Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP were also in attendance, and the ceremony was enjoyed by all.
CEO, Andrew Meek spoke about the local significance of the home’s names for each of its wings which were selected to represent the local community – ‘Myrtle’ (Lemon Myrtle was found in Burpengary Creek and used for its healing properties), ‘Sideling’ (the railway opened in 1988 and was first known as Sideling Creek), and ‘Dorothy’ (Dorothy Greenup is the only woman from Moreton Bay Region to serve in WWI and was assumed to be a nurse, but once the mistake was discovered she was discharged upon returning to Australia).
Facility Manager, Janet Chapman said “It was a tremendous day. We received many comments from visitors about how lovely the home looked and felt. Family members also mentioned their appreciation at the level of care and support their loved ones receive from our team members”.
A design feature of the home is that it encompasses indoor- outdoor areas for residents and visitor’s enjoyment. There are communal areas opening to outdoor landscaped spaces and its set amongst green surrounds.
There is a dedicated memory support wing for those in need of extra help with everyday living.
The residential rooms are spacious, so residents entering their new home with us can bring some cherished items. The home includes a coffee hub, private dining room for resident and family/visitor use for special events, hairdressing salon, aromatherapy room, activities area for leisure and lifestyle and open plan living and lounge areas.
Janet said “We care for our residents like we would our own family members, with respect and dignity. We care for resident’s wellbeing and offer them quality of life through providing a sense of community, security and meaningful activities”.
The home offers permanent aged care and accommodation, respite (short term accommodation) and dementia care, for seniors that can no longer live in their own home.
For more information on Narangba Aged Care please call (07) 3053 3333