Wesley Mission opened its newest aged care facility in Carlingford today with 74 beds added to the orgsnisation’s Rayward Lodge site.
The construction, which was a partnership between Denham Constructions and Wesley Mission, will include a 14 bed dedicated dementia unit.
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell was on hand to open the facility this morning with Wesley Mission chief executive Reverend Dr Keith Garner.
The pair toured the centre's facilities to see first-hand the new dining hall, cinema room and private accommodation rooms with adjustable beds, air-conditioning and interactive communication system.
Premier O’Farrell praised Wesley Mission’s ongoing service to the community which is vital for an area with an ageing population.
‘‘The government can’t meet every individual’s needs so it’s very important we work to help organisations like Wesley Mission,’’ Mr O’Farrell said.
Reverend Dr Garner said the opening of Wesley Rayward’s new building was about planning for the future with Australia’s population expected to jump to 35.9 million by 2050.
‘‘It’s expected the over 65s age category will grow to 20 per cent of the population in 35 years time,’’ Reverend Dr Garner said.
‘‘This is part of Wesley Mission’s proactive response in preparing for this outcome while providing physical, emotional and spiritual support.’’