NEW ERA IN AGED CARE

official opening: (L-R) Richmond Club Group chairman, Geoff Luscombe; Macquarie MP, Susan Templeman, Hawkesbury Living aged care manager, Lauren Stanley; Group CEO Kimberley Talbot; and Hawkesbury Mayor, Barry Calvert.
official opening: (L-R) Richmond Club Group chairman, Geoff Luscombe; Macquarie MP, Susan Templeman, Hawkesbury Living aged care manager, Lauren Stanley; Group CEO Kimberley Talbot; and Hawkesbury Mayor, Barry Calvert.

The $13 million Rivera Place, Hawkesbury Living’s aged care extension funded by the Richmond Club was officially opened on Tuesday by Susan Templeman, Federal Member for Macquarie.

It was a proud moment for the Board of Directors. Group CEO Kimberley Talbotsaid it heralded a new era for quality standards in aged care in the Hawkesbury,

Guests at the opening included John Miller OAM representing Robyn Preston, Member for Hawkesbury; Hawkesbury mayor Barry Calvert; Board of directors and more than 60 guests including Richmond RSL sub-branch members. Rivera Place is the fourth stage of Hawkesbury Living’s master plan.

Ms Talbot said: “Our model counters loneliness and isolation by providing opportunities to stay close and connected to others. We must transform the ageing experience through innovation and collaboration… governments alone cannot be responsible for our ageing needs. The $13 million building you see here today has been built with the Board’s vision and their investment in myself and my team to deliver the latest and best possible development that we could have. Funded solely from our own funds.”

Rivera Place has a 4 ½ star fit-out with both single bed and optional two-bed companion suites. In addition to the luxury suits it offers Maggie Beer inspired food menus, a coffee shop and a courtesy bus to the Richmond Club facilities and Richmond Golf Club.

It has been designed for specialist care for those with complex or multiple behavioural and memory conditions, such as depression, alcoholism, post traumatic stress, dementia and aims to meet the needs of returned servicemen and women.

Ms Talbot said: “Our mantra is “Trust In Care” and that’s our promise.”

Rivera Place also has ancillary services, creating a hub for the community, improving social inclusion for residents and keeping them connected in the community. It links directly with the Richmond Club and Richmond Golf Club’s schedule of events and activities.

MP Susan Templeman said Rivera was an important addition to the range of aged care facilities available in the Hawkesbury and praised the “beautiful environment” Hawkesbury Living had created.

“While people are being supported to stay in their own homes for longer, the demand for aged care of the Baby Boomers will put a strain on available places. And we’ll continue to see an increased incidence of dementia and people entering care facilities later in life with greater health needs,” she said.

For more information about Rivera Place call (02) 4578 2966 or email www.riveraplace.com