Braemar Presbyterian Care is celebrating its 65th anniversary of caring in the community.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher (OAM), says the milestone provides an important opportunity to recognise the exceptional commitment made by many West Australians who have contributed to the lives of older people as a result of their involvement with the aged care provider.

“Our 65th anniversary gives us the opportunity to reflect on the care Braemar has provided the community, and also thank our staff members past and present who have spent many years of their life making a real and very positive difference to the lives of older people of Perth, thanks to their involvement with Braemar,” Mr Belcher says.

“Throughout our long history we have embraced relationship-centred care, which embraces the relationships that exist and develop between our residents, their families, our staff and volunteers.”

Braemar was established in 1952 thanks to the kindness and vision of Elizabeth Tarrant who gifted her possessions to the Presbyterian Church in order to create a home for the aged in Western Australia.

“It is thanks to this caring and compassionate heritage that Braemar has been able to provide high quality care and accommodation over more than six decades,” Mr. Belcher comments. “Our team of dedicated individuals are completely focused on caring for not only the physical needs of our residents, but their emotional, spiritual and enrichment desires as well.”

Today Braemar Presbyterian Care provides fully accredited aged care and retirement accommodation to over 200 residents in Perth’s southern suburbs, and has plans for future growth. The organisation currently operates facilities in the City of Melville and East Fremantle areas, which provide residents with a relationship-centred care approach that respects their individual wishes.

Braemar offers a dedicated chaplaincy service and a robust programme of resident enrichment that includes insight lectures, workshops and meaningful activities such as iPad lessons, or handy craft activities in relationship with the local Bunnings.

A fourth location in Bicton – which operated as Braemar Lodge and Braemar Gardens for many years – is currently closed and awaiting redevelopment.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Perth, Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people.