Baptcare celebrates 70 years of service

Baptcaretoday celebrates 70 years since it opened its first aged care home in Victoria on 24 February 1945.

Baptcare Chief Executive, Mr Graham Dangerfield shared the organisation’s rich history from humble beginnings with only nine residents in an aged care facility back in 1945 to currently providing services to vulnerable people across 34 sites in Victoria and Tasmania.

“The organisation has grown significantly over the past 70 years, we now not only offer residential and community care for older people but we also support children, families, and people with disability, financially disadvantaged and asylum seekers.

“Baptcare has a rich history and we are truly proud of our work to assist the most vulnerable and marginalised in our community over the past 70 years, and we look forward to many more years of caring for the community”.

Mr Dangerfield also said the Baptcare Strathalan Community is an important part of the organisation’s heritage, but is also taking Baptcare into the future with major redevelopment underway.

“The redevelopment will see a 124-bed aged care facility and 27 Independent Living Units. The first phase is due for completion in 2016.”

The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Craig Langdon, congratulated Baptcare on its anniversary and service to the community. “We are honoured that for all of its 70 years Baptcare has been serving the community of Banyule from its founding home here at Macleod. From only nine residents in 1945, Strathalan has continued to grow over the years to meet community demand for quality aged care and it is exciting to see this major redevelopment which, once complete, will provide even better facilities for older residents,” he said.

Quick facts:

1940s – Rev WG Pope and his wife had a vision to open a Baptist Aged Care Home in Victoria.

1940s – The Baptist Women’s Association, under leadership of Mary Pope raises 4000 pounds to buy the first homestead.

1945 – Strathalan Aged Care home officially opens doors on 24 February 1945 with nine residents.

Between 1959 and 1997 six more facilities are opened.

1964 – The Church Nursing Services now known as Baptcare Community Nursing Service is founded.

1981 – Baptcare assumed operations of Abercare Family Services which was rebranded to Baptcare Family Services in 2009.

Baptcare was known as the BUV Department of Social Services until 1988 when it was renamed Baptist Social Services and was rebranded as Baptcare in 2006.

2008 – Baptcare Family Services expands into Tasmania.

2008 – Baptcare merges with Karingal Services in Tasmania and took over operation of Karingal Community and Orana Day Centre.

2008 – Baptcare opens Sanctuary – transitional accommodation for asylum seekers.

2013 – Baptcare commences operations of Baptcare Peninsula View Community in Frankston South.

2013/14 – Baptcare creates subsidiary Baptcare Affordable Housing which is registered as housing provider under the Victoria Housing Act.