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Ozcare extension to meet growing demand in dementia care

Queensland aged care provider Ozcare has started construction on a $9 million dollar, three story extension in Clontarf.
A 3D rendered perspective view of the new extension at Ozcare Ozanam Villa Clontarf
A 3D rendered perspective view of the new extension at Ozcare Ozanam Villa Clontarf

Due for completion November 2016, Ozanam Villa Clontarf will get a new wing which will house a special care unit for people living with dementia and other challenging behaviours, and additional single ensuited rooms.

Ozcare chief executive officer Tony Godfrey says expanding the facility will provide an additional 29 aged care beds to the local community, 12 of which will be designated special care, to meet the growing demand in the Moreton Bay region for dementia care.

"Ozanam Villa Clontarf is our only facility that isn’t currently able to offer a special care unit. It is important to expand our offering to include dementia care so we can support our residents as their care needs change."

The facility will not only offer a brand new wing with a ground floor special care unit, it will also undergo a timely refurbishment during the construction phase.

"It is an opportune time to refurbish the existing facility to bring it in line with our other aged care facilities around the state," Mr Godfrey says.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to invest in Ozanam Villa Clontarf. The extension will not only benefit residents and staff, it will also create a number of jobs for locals once we open the new wing."

Ozcare state manager of aged care Lanna Ramsay says the aged care provider will be employing additional staff prior to the extension being complete.

"We will be looking to orientate staff and skill them in Ozcare procedures so we can move residents into the new wing as quickly as possible," said Ms Ramsay.

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