Governor opens transition care centre

The Governor of Western Australia has opened our new transition care centre for older people recovering from a hospital stay.

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of WA and Amana Living Patron, toured Transition Care Bull Creek before declaring the centre officially open in February.

The new Amana Living centre is dedicated to older people living with dementia and other mental health challenges, who need restorative care following a stay in hospital, before returning home or moving into permanent residential care.

The Governor commented on the value of transition care in restoring older people’s independence as far as possible, enabling their recovery, and reducing the probability of returning to hospital.

“This is a significant step for Amana Living, and for aged care,” said CEO Ray Glickman. “Transition care operates in the gap between health and aged care in a positive way.

“We were delighted to have our Patron open the centre, and also to welcome the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Ken Wyatt, and WA Minister for Seniors and Volunteering, Tony Simpson. This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the contribution aged care expertise can make in keeping older people as independent and healthy as possible – deterring their return to hospital and taking the pressure off the health system.”

The purpose-built centre provides the facilities, equipment and skilled staff to help clients recover from their stay in hospital and achieve their goals.

Amana Living Chairman, Steve Scudamore, commented: “The opening of this new centre is particularly exciting for us because restorative and dementia care are integral to the Amana Living strategic direction.”

This is the latest phase in the development of the Amana Living integrated dementia service centre in the southern region of Perth. The site is a hub for much-needed dementia-specific care and services, including residential and respite care, and the award-winning McCusker Nurse Service.

About the Transition Care Program

The Transition Care Program for older people following a hospital stay is a joint Commonwealth-State initiative. At State level, the program is managed by the WA Department of Health. The DoH awarded Amana Living 65 transition care places in March 2014.