Continuing a 30 year legacy

In response to community needs, for purpose organisation Baptcare this week opened the doors to a brand new residential aged care community in Melbourne’s Doncaster East.

Continuing the legacy and vision of the local Baptist church, who initially purchased the site in the late 1970s, Baptcare The Orchards Community is built around a true sense of community and specifically designed to encourage community interaction.

“We want people coming in for the first time to immediately feel this is somewhere they would love to live, where they feel respected and comfortable,” Baptcare divisional manager aged care, Lindon Le Griffon said.

Residents at the 150-bed community will receive care from a highly experienced, nursing-led team, including Registered Nurses who will provide care on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as senior Registered Nurses.

The team at The Orchards has been pivotal in creating this unique community, according to Iris Nethercott, one of the founders of the original site, which featured a church and a retirement living community that continues to this day.

“The key to the success of The Orchards is the unwavering commitment, heart and strength of its staff. They are committed to providing the best of care for their residents,” Iris said.

Iris and her husband Ron, along with 30 other residents from the original retirement living units will now call the new aged care community home.

A sense of community at The Orchards will also be strengthened by a thoughtfully curated lifestyle program, featuring activities and events that will bring residents together regularly.

“Our lifestyle program is something that really sets us apart from other aged care communities,” the facility’s manager, Belinda Wandabwa said.

“We want our residents to live full lives, and we know that offering a diverse range of activities allows that.”

Walking group, Friday night drinks, music therapy and word games are just a few of the activities on offer. There are also gardening and cooking clubs, a men’s shed, and bus outings to local places of interest.

The Orchards development will soon become an integrated community with Baptcare to further develop the site by including additional retirement living units and a community centre by 2020.

In developing this new residential aged care facility, Baptcare is committed to addressing the unmet need for aged care beds in the area. As part of this, 25 beds will be allocated to people of low means; 15 places towards veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers; 50 places towards people with dementia and 30 beds for people of Greek, Hungarian, Italian or Chinese origin.

Contact: Nikita Thomas

Phone: 03 9831 7321