An artist's impression of what the new Warwick campus at Regency park will look like.
An artist's impression of what the new Warwick campus at Regency park will look like. Contributed

Warwick development going ahead in leaps and bounds

A $32 MILLION state-of-the-art development is nearing completion in Warwick.

The Churches of Christ integrated campus at Regency Park in Dragon St will include a 128-bed aged care service café, and community centre.

Director of Seniors and Supported Living Bryan Mason said the development had powered ahead in the year since construction commenced.

"We stood here a year and one week ago and turned the first sod on this development, and to see how far it has come is wonderful. Despite some wet weather, we have remained on schedule for a mid-2018 opening,” Mr Mason said.

"The external structures for the two residential aged care wings, administration and community centre buildings are now erect, with internal fit outs now taking place at various stages.”

The new Warwick campus at Regency Park is nearing completion.
The new Warwick campus at Regency Park is nearing completion. Contributed

Wherever possible, the construction company developing the site, Total Construction, have used local contractors to complete works, with approximately 70 per cent of trades sourced from the region.

Mr Mason said they had started the recruitment process for a service manager for the residential aged care facility, with other positions including personal care workers, registered nurses and hospitality staff to be recruited soon.

"Churches of Christ will be a leading employer in the Southern Downs region, with around 130 to be employed at the new Warwick Aged Care Service,” he said.

Mr Mason said residential aged care places had yet to be filled, but the service was working with local providers and referrers to be prepared for when referrals will start to be accepted.

"We are working closely with local health professionals in the lead-up to the service opening and talking to referrers,” he said.

"We look forward to supporting seniors from Warwick and surrounds, and helping them to stay in their community and receive the highest quality of care in a truly remarkable facility that is affordable and accessible to all, irrespective of means.”

The aged care facility will feature the aged care provider's cottage model of care, with each 16-room 'cottage' set up with a home-like environment that promotes independence.

"Our residents will feel at home and be encouraged to take part in everyday lifestyle activities, including meal preparation. This is important for their wellbeing and empowering them to be independent and complete activities they used to do at home,” Mr Mason.

Mr Mason said the integrated community the leading not-for-profit was developing would establish Warwick as a major centre for seniors care in the Southern Downs region.

The new development complements the existing Regency Park Retirement Village and services on the site, including Ken's Place, a respite centre for people living with dementia and their carers.

"We opened Ken's Place in Regency Park last year, and it has been supporting local people living with dementia and their carers, providing a home-away-from-home environment,” Mr Mason said.

Ken's Place is named after beloved local Warwick resident Ken Eather, who was supported by his wife Pam as he lived with dementia.

Other services being developed on the campus will include home and community care services, and a community centre featuring a café and auditorium for the local community to access. They will be set amongst landscaped surroundings, with gardens and planting complementing the Warwick environment and scenery.

Local Warwick residents are invited to take part in the Churches of Christ Classic on Saturday, April 28.

The Fast Fours Bowls is a social and engaging game in round robin format. It will be a day of bowls, fun, friendship and prizes.

For more information or to register, go to cofc.com.au/bowls or contact Susannah Kerridge on 0437468263 or Susannah.kerridge@cofcqld.com.au.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest on the Warwick Campus development at cofc.com.au/developments.

Churches of Christ Care is one of the leading not-for-profit providers of residential aged care in Australia, operating 31 residential aged care services throughout Queensland (29) and Victoria (2). The organisation works in many rural and remote areas and has a strong understanding of the challenges these communities face in accessing quality health and care support services.