Community Benefits

Demand for aged care facilities in the City of Melville where Braemar’s Bicton facility is located, continues to rise significantly as the local population ages. Within the City of Melville, there is a significantly higher proportion of older residents than is evident in many other urban areas.

By 2026, almost one in five local residents will be 65 or older. As the proportion of older residents grows, so does the need for local residential aged care services.

Overall in the City of Melville, 59% of residents aged 65 and over who require residential aged care locally cannot access it. Braemar therefore recognises and embraces its responsibility to assist in meeting this urgent, unmet demand for aged care places.

Braemar has focussed the design of the new facility on catering for community members who have higher care needs.

Original concepts developed in 2017 (that were discussed with the community) considered the provision of independent living units, but Braemar has recognised that there is a very high unmet demand for high care services
and have therefore prioritised facilities and residential care accommodation to address this demand.

The redevelopment will allow ageing residents in the local area to access essential care services in a contemporary facility, and remain in their familiar neighbourhood, close to their families and friends.

Key Benefits to Bicton Area

  • Increase the provision of aged care services in an area where there is increasing demand,
  • Provide a range of aged care services, including low and high care, dementia specific and palliative care,
  • Improve the attractiveness of the building and landscaping that better integrates with the street,
  • Increased customer base for local businesses,
  • Support for the City of Melville’s Age-Friendly Community Strategy, and
  • Job opportunities in aged care and support services, and during construction.

Sources

Notes

  1. Based on the number of residential aged care beds with a physical address within the boundary of Bicton (SSC) and City of Melville (LGA), as per the Department of Health (WA) Aged Care Services List as at 30 June 2018.
  2. Requirement for care refers to a person’s need for help or assistance in one or more of the three core activity areas of self-care, mobility and communication, because of a disability, long term health condition (lasting six months or more) or old age.

All concepts and proposed services are draft concept plans only and subject to change. All elements of Braemar’s Bicton development are subject to regulatory and council approvals.