Braemar Presbyterian Care has been recognised for its commitment to the aged and community care sector after being awarded a high commendation in the Innovation in Service and Design category at this year’s Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Aged Care Awards.

The prestigious accolade was granted for the not-for-profit organisation’s ‘virtual tours’ initiative, which enables visitors to ‘walk through’ each of Braemar’s three homes to assess the available accommodation and amenities.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher (OAM), says the annual ACSA awards provided an important opportunity to recognise excellence in the not-for-profit aged and community care sector.

“Braemar strives for excellence in every area in which we operate and our whole team is delighted to have been awarded this high commendation,” Mr Belcher says.

“West Australians are increasingly utilising digital channels to research aged care options, and our team has worked hard to provide the virtual tours at Braemar’s Cooinda facility in Melville, Braemar Village in Willagee and Braemar House in East Fremantle, which can all now be visited on line, with internet users able to gain a complete 360 degree view of each home.

“We felt it was important to offer the community a digital method to explore our aged care homes and provide a sense of what the buildings, rooms and facilities look like.

“When residential aged care is needed it is often a stressful time for both residents and families. These virtual tours offer people the ability to view our facilities from their computer or device and take a virtual walk-through of the buildings at any time.”

Winners of the award were announced during the 2019 WA Aged Care Awards presentation on Friday 12 July at Fraser’s Restaurant in West Perth.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.