When Campbell Place opened in Glen Waverley last month it had been thoroughly tested with a soft opening first. Seventeen senior management and guests spent the night at the facility trialling everything from the temperature and water pressure in the showers, the televisions, lighting and, most importantly, tasting the food with a dinner and breakfast being served. They even participated in activities. With a thumbs up the facility was ready to go!
Set on the former site of Wahroonga Friendship Village and named after Murray Campbell who rose up to become the CEO and Managing Director of Australian Unity before retiring two years ago after fifty years of service, the facility has 102 beds and 54 independent living apartments. When I visited prior to the opening to check it out, being an Aged Care Placement Consultant I was pleased to learn that the request for double beds I have been hearing from clients for so long has finally been answered here with most rooms having a double bed as standard, hospital high/low type – a first for Australia.
Accommodation for couples is now easy and there are also some lovely suites available. The aged care facility consists of small houses holding 8 or 9 residents and there are 2 memory support units.
Using the U model of care – Better Together, they practice CDC, encouraging independence and enablement by ‘doing with’ not ‘doing for’. This lifestyle program encourages both resident and staff participation and will include food focus groups and resident cooking workshops. The residential and independent living residents will be integrated together, enjoying the onsite café, theatre, hair salon and resident laundry for those that wish to do some washing independently.
With a warm, modern feel, without being too ostentatious, it is a facility I would gladly recommend to clients who are looking to live in this locality and like this style of accommodation. It’s conveniently close to the local RSL, train and shopping centre.