Over a series of days, the residents of the Blue Haven Care Home have moved into their new residences at the Bonaira facility.
“We’ve had families in happy tears here,” says one of the Blue Haven volunteers who helped with the move, Lyn Kuskey.
“One said to me – I feel like my mother has won the lottery.”
The complex was a hive of activity when The Bugle visited, as people were arriving by bus to settle into their new rooms.
The residents we spoke to were all excited by the facilities, despite the challenge of getting their bearings in their new home.
“It’s a big place but we will all slowly find our way around,” said Vera Nash, who at 93 only just moved into the assisted living care home eight weeks ago.
“This is all so lovely and new, with everything designed for accessibility. I know I am going to enjoy living here.”
June and John Powell were amongst the first to move in, with rooms across the hall from each other.
“It’s very spacious and it feels like we are living in a luxury hotel.
“It’s been great to have the same lovely staff come with us. They will help us feel at home quickly.”
The Director of Blue Haven, Clare Rogers, said “It is a bit surreal to see people actually here after all this time.
“The staff are all really appreciating their new surroundings.”
The investment of $100,000 in local art gives the whole complex an extra dimension that many commented on.
Two of the eight apartments in the second ballot sold on the night.
“There has been a real surge in interest in the independent living units now that the facility is open and people can see it in its entirety,” says Council’s General Manager and Blue Haven CEO, Kerry McMurray.
The cafe in Barroul House will be open after Christmas, as will the community hall.
Having toured the kitchen, The Bugle will run an article on the refreshing approach being taken by the chef.