on the Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Catholic Healthcare’s newest aged care home in Ipswich held its official opening last week, sharing the celebration with ministerial and parliamentary representatives as well as some of Catholic Healthcare’s leadership team.
The Villa Maria Centre that originally resided on Limestone Street in Ipswich relocated to Robertson Road in Eastern Heights in February 2018. The home now provides an additional 60 accommodation places for older persons in Queensland as well as new state-of-the-art facilities for the 40 residents who moved over from the original location.
The Villa Maria Centre houses a total of 100 private, ensuite rooms, an in-built café, a hairdresser & beauty salon as well as an on-site wellness centre.
Joining Catholic Healthcare representatives at the official opening included Ms Jennifer Howard MP, who assisted in the Villa Maria plaque unveiling and The Most Revered Ken Howell who lead the Service of the Blessing.
The Villa Maria Centre originally provided female-only care and accommodation at its original site in Ipswich, but since the move in January, has opened its doors to men as well.
The change has been welcomed by many older persons in the community, particularly some couples who now have the opportunity to live together after many years of living separately.
The resort-like home was officially opened at 10:30am on Tuesday 5 June, with a welcome speech delivered by Catholic Healthcare Managing Director David Maher.
“’More of you’ is our approach,” said Maher in his welcome to the ceremony. “It’s designed to enrich our residents’ lives, health and wellbeing. We’re already seeing how much our residents enjoy the space since their move in January and we’re excited to share this joy with more people in the future.”
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