Braemar in Bicton Community Open Day

The decommissioned Braemar Lodge at Bicton

Braemar Presbyterian Care is hosting a community open day at its property in Bicton on Saturday 4 November.

Planned Regeneration

The open day will inform the community of the planned revitalisation of the Bicton site, as well as offer an opportunity for residents in the local community to ask questions about the plans currently being crafted.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive of Braemar, said the proposed revitalisation of the Bicton facility will deliver a high quality aged care and retirement living campus that will meet community needs for decades to come.

“Our plans at our Bicton facility demonstrate our strong commitment to provide high-quality aged care and retirement living for the local community,” Mr Belcher said.

“The community open day will allow people from Bicton and surrounding suburbs to have a look at our early concept plans and let us know what they think. I welcome local residents to drop in and meet me and our team, who will be on hand to discuss the proposed redevelopment of Braemar at Bicton.”

Location and Times

The site is located at 51 Point Water Road, Bicton and will be open to the public from 10 AM until 2 PM on Saturday 4 November, with tours of the existing decommissioned building taking place between 10:30am and 1pm.

Information Booklet (PDF)
51 Point Walter Road, Bicton Western Australia


There’s a new look at Braemar Cooinda thanks to a partnership between the Melville based facility and the local high school.

Residents of the multi-storey Braemar facility joined forces with six school students to design and paint colourful murals on the entrances of each floor; with the aim of making it easy for residents to identify which level they were on when exiting the lifts.

The work was done in partnership with Melville Senior High school, and is a visual example of the relationship-centred approach that Braemar adheres to.

“When residents told us that they sometimes found it confusing to navigate the building, we asked them what they thought would help. It was actually a resident idea to paint the pillars different colours to improve wayfinding when exiting the lifts,” explains Carol Dickson, Cooinda’s Facility Manager.

Rather than just calling in a painter, the Braemar team worked out a way to engage residents in the process, while providing them with a social and engaging activity at the same time.

“Our team thought, ‘why not take it a step further and involve the local school’… The residents and students came together to work out a design for each level over the course of several days the space was transformed. Residents love the new designs and have made some great new friends in the process.”

The work sees a yellow colour scheme with sunflowers introduced on level 1, while blue and purple hues dominate the murals on level 2. The resulting effect is a vibrant, pleasant perspective in the lounges that make it easier for residents quickly identify where they are.

Braemar CEO Wayne Belcher said that the work was something the residents could take personal pride in.

“For everyone, decorating your home is an essential part of expressing your personality. To enable our residents to decorate their living space at Braemar Cooinda is a wonderful reflection of the creativity that people have; regardless of their age. It is a great example of how a practical solution can be achieved in a fun and engaging way.”

Braemar Cooinda was opened in 2016 and offers 108 beds including a specialist care service for people with advanced care needs. A team of aged care professionals offer care and support around the clock while meals are prepared fresh on site.


The Royal Flying Doctor Service made a series of visits to Braemar Presbyterian Care last week as part of Braemar’s ongoing resident enrichment programme.

Presentations by the Flying Doctor’s Michelle Grant saw Braemar residents educated about the long history of the service, which brings vital aeromedical services to rural and remote Australia.

Presented at each of Braemar’s facilities, the talks covered the origins of the flying doctor and the scope of the service today as well as details on how the Flying Doctor impacts on local communities and an informative Q&A session.

The talks were paired with an outing to the RFDS base, where Braemar residents were welcomed to Jandakot Airport to check out the action first hand. Activities such as this form part of Braemar’s ongoing commitment to relationship centred care, which sees residents come together as a group and suggest activities to satisfy ongoing enrichment and education.

Braemar Cooinda Facility Manager Carol Dickson, said Braemar was committed to providing residents with access to an engaging activity program throughout the year, to support a full and enriched lifestyle.

“The Braemar team works hard to facilitate relationship-centred care and support for our elderly residents. When our residents gave us feedback that they wanted access to guest speakers, we were particularly excited to secure the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Many of our residents have had connections to rural Western Australia throughout their lives and found the presentations very interesting.”



Age is proving no barrier for the unlikely friendships blooming at Braemar Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda aged care home in Willagee, thanks to a new partnership with a local playgroup.

For the past few months, residents at the not-for-profit Home have been striking up friendships with youngsters who from part of the local mum and baby kindergarten as part of an inter-generational partnership, which aims to encourage companionship and connections between young and old.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive Officer of Braemar, said the benefits of the partnership extended both ways, with the children and residents involved genuinely enjoying their time together and forming strong bonds.

“We’re delighted by how well our inter-generational partnership has been received by both the residents and children alike,” he said.

“Older people love having children around; it enables them to tell stories about their own childhoods and to share their hobbies, talents, and life lessons.

“We really notice a transformation in the residents when the children are around, particularly our more withdrawn seniors, who quickly interact with the youngsters and clearly enjoy their company; the partnership is proving a great success all round.”

Braemar Presbyterian Care is a community ministry of the Presbyterian Church in WA. Braemar operates three residential care facilities providing 220 residential places.